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Life Lab at the Garden
Life Lab serves Jr. K-5th grade students. “Life Lab Science is a core curriculum which integrates earth, life, and physical science concepts within the context of a Living Laboratory school garden.” The lessons promote science, gardening, language arts, math, art, social studies, environmental awareness, plant identification, team building skills, creativity, problem solving, and sense of place in relationship to ones environment. Students learn various components of organic gardening from composting to seed germination, water cycles, food systems, life cycles, etc. The garden provides a place for learning, unique “teaching opportunities”, space for kids to have fun and get dirty, and to make new discoveries.
  • Building Cob Benches
  • Building Cob Benches
  • Building Cob Benches
  • Building Cob Benches
  • Building Cob Benches
  • Building Cob Benches
  • Building Cob Benches
  • Building Cob Benches

Wish List

over 2 years ago

Donations can likewise be left at the front desk or given directly to Leigh or Brenden on Sundays between noon and three in the garden.

Donations from your garden shed or garden center

Big rocks, landscaping paving stones, and outdoor paint (in fun colors)

Bags of Compost

Organic Fruit tree fertilizer

Neem spray for fruit trees

Hand trowels, shovels and rakes for children

Garden forks for children

outdoor thermometer

minimum-maximum thermometer

soil thermometer compost thermometer


wire brushes (for cleaning garden tools)

container linseed oil

bag of sand

small watering cans

bags potting soil

spool of wire

clippers for children

spray bottles

concord grape starts

everbearing raspberries


native plants for a native shade garden

Donations from your home or pharmacy


packages paper lunch bags

plastic forks and spoons



zip lock plastic bags

cotton balls

clear plastic cups

rubbing alcohol

paper towels

food coloring

plastic ties




eye droppers


aluminum foil

cutting board

plastic wrap


paper cups

hand juicer

Donations from your home, stationary, or art store

White drawing paper

Lined paper

Poster board

Construction paper

Black construction paper

boxes of crayons

boxes of colored pencils

boxes of pastels

boxes of markers

containers of each color of tempera paints (yellow, blue, red, orange, white, and black)


glue sticks

bottles of glue

balls of string

grease pencils

tape (masking, duct, and clear)


rubber bands


graph paper

butcher paper

meter stick


hole punchers

popsicle sticks

5” x 7” index cards

paint brushes




Science Donations

soil testing kits

root view boxes

Bromothymol Blue ( available at chemical supply catalog)

Bug boxes

magnetic compasses

untreated charcoal 2-3 bags (pet store)


alcohol burner

burner stand

petri dishes


Field Guides for: insects, animals

native plants



medicinal plants




rain guage

wind meter

wind vane

pocket weather forecaster

wind sock

hand flour grinder

cider press

hand juicer


over 2 years ago

Utilizing waste from our school's lunch program we are able to produce our very own compost to provide necessary nutrients in our garden.


over 2 years ago

We are getting ready to finish the shed.

The irrigation is finished!

We will build two more beds for strawberries in the spring

Renovate the greenhouse

Create tunnels, tepees, and nests

Building a small pond

Working towards permaculture and sustainability in the design and function of the garden

Mulching paths

Rebuilding broken beds

Possibly getting chickens in the spring

We want to make more signs with diagrams, labeling, and explanations

Maybe having a garden cart after-school on Fridays with produce and herbs for sale and to give away

Building a sun dial

Cobb bench, wall, or other structure