Scroll down to find resources for Curriculum, Professional Development, Assemblies & Guest Speakers, Field Trips, and Books for Educators.


The Edible Schoolyard Project – Free lesson planning sorted by grade level and program development resources. Educator Resources page – Offers extensive selection of lesson plans, activity guidelines, book recommendations and other resources for curriculum development. Curriculum and Educational Support Tools – Curriculum and educational aids available for a fee.

Education Outside – K-5 science curriculum, instructional materials, lesson planning resources and best practices.

Professional Development

The Edible Schoolyard Professional Development – Berkeley-based summer training session, plus options for custom professional development opportunities.

Master Gardeners School Garden Workshops – UC’s Master Gardener program provides educator training, as well as site-specific assistance in developing a school garden. Professional Development – Various professional development opportunities offered on-site or at LifeLab’s headquarters in Santa Cruz, CA. Services provided for a fee.

Assembly & Guest Speakers

Master Gardeners Request a Speaker Program – With at least 8 weeks of advance notice, UC Master Gardeners are available to come give a presentation on a variety of topics. Presentations are minimum 60 minutes to groups of at least 15 people.

Field Trips

The Heal Project – San Mateo County Farm (El Granada, CA) – Delivers farm-based, science backed lessons with hands-on learning to create an outdoor educational environment that fosters curiosity, a love of fresh food and respect for our natural world. For grades K-12. (Santa Cruz, CA) – Offers garden-based field trips for preschool through middle school students in the Garden Classroom on the UC Santa Cruz CASFS Farm.


The Power of a Plant: A Teacher’s Odyssey to Grow Healthy Minds and Schools (Stephen Ritz & Suzie Boss, 2017) – Autobiographical book describing one teacher’s journey bringing gardening into a low-income urban school environment.

The Little Gardener: Helping Children Connect with the Natural World (Julie Cerny 2020)