Santa Cruz County Open School Gardens - Saturday, October 12, 2019
Information & Resources
Thanks for being part of Santa Cruz County Open School Gardens Day. Santa Cruz County has some of the longest running school gardens in the nation, maybe the world!
The purpose of this event is to share and build the vibrant school garden culture that your garden brings to your school. Your school community and school garden enthusiasts will be invited to join in on your event or just visit your garden. We expect visitors from out of the region to come and tour the Open School Gardens as well. Visitors from outside of the area are encouraged to note the gardens they plan to visit. You can take a look at our responses thus far. (Note we haven’t publicized this widely yet and expect to get more responses once we share the tour map and schedule, so check-in on the list closer to October 12th)
On October 13th, the day after Open School Gardens Day, Life Lab will be hosting Life Lab’s 40th Anniversary Gala. Life Lab founders will be arriving from across the nation that weekend. Open school gardens will allow these “Life Lab Pioneers” to revisit the gardens they were once a part of. As a local school garden educator you are invited to attend the 40th Anniversary Gala at a discounted rate of $75 (discounted from $135). Use coupon code GalaEdu2019. Visit www.lifelab.org/40-years to learn more.
As a thank you for hosting an Open School Garden we will be providing you with
Your school garden day is yours to plan. Here’s some resources and steps to plan your Open School Garden Day.
Complete Event Planning Form by September 17th
Let us know what you are thinking of hosting on Saturday October 12 by completing this Event Planning form.
The form will ask you for:
We will use 1-3 to create an Open School Gardens map and schedule.
School Wide Promotions
Use the following to share about your event to your school community:
Optional: October is National Farm to School Month, consider listing your event at www.farmtoschool.org/our-work/farm-to-school-month
Open School Gardens Day and Life Lab’s 40th Anniversary will be shared across our greater region. We will be inviting school garden supporters and Life Lab “Pioneers” to come and visit the Open School Gardens
Life Lab will be promoting Open School Gardens via: our statewide school garden e-lists • local radio Public Service Announcements • community radio programs • social media #openschoolgardens • local print & online press/calendars
Event Planning Resources
Your Open School Garden Day can be as simple as just being around greeting visitors while tending your garden or as involved as hosting a school garden community event, tasting, or workday. Browse these resources and ideas for inspiration:
Suggested Kid Event Activity Videos
View the following kid friendly garden and craft activities on our Garden Activities Playlist
Flower Print Making • Paper Pot Seed Sowing • Flower Tape Bracelets • Root View Cups • Flower Bling • Seed Saving
Day of Event Considerations
Please have a garden representative present at your garden during your advertised times.
Here are some ideas to keep in mind during your event.
Sample Event Announcement
As part of Life Lab, the national non-profit’s, 40th Anniversary YOUR SCHOOL GARDEN will be participating in Santa Cruz County Open School Gardens on Saturday, October 12 from 00:00 to 00:00.
YOUR SCHOOL GARDEN will be one of 20+ garden programs hosting a school garden event with our local community and beyond. As part of Open School Gardens we will ENTER DETAILS ABOUT YOUR EVENT
In addition to Open School Gardens, Life Lab’s 40th Anniversary will be celebrated at the UCSC Farm Harvest Festival on Sunday, September 29th. Come join in the family fun with the Banana Slug String Band, kids activities and good food. On Sunday, October 13th Life Lab will be concluding their anniversary celebrations with an Anniversary Gala. For more details on all of these events visit www.lifelab.org/40-years.
Life Lab, the national non-profit with local roots, was founded in 1979 at Green Acres Elementary in Live Oak. Life Lab provides curricular resources and educator professional development across the country and runs a national network of school garden support organizations. Locally, Life Lab runs garden-based day-camps and field trips at the Blooming Classroom in Watsonville and at the Garden Classroom on the UCSC Farm. Life Lab supports local school gardens through networking, sharing resources and school garden instruction.
More information on Santa Cruz Open School Gardens and Life Lab’s 40th Anniversary Birthday and Gala can be found at www.lifelab.org/40-years