Paradise for people and butterflies alike
It’s no exaggeration to say that our quarter-acre Life Lab is paradise. Situated at the western edge of campus, across the street from a grove of protected Eucalyptus trees where tens of thousands of Monarchs spend each winter, our Life Lab is a special place that calls to the heart of children and adults. In our Life Lab, hearts and minds open in joy and wonder at the beauty and complexity of the natural world.
Expert Instruction in hands-on biology, chemistry, and more
Featuring garden boxes, a pond, a bio-filtration system, a greenhouse, a wood-fired stove, a teaching gazebo, and seasonal elements such as gourd arbors and fava bean labyrinths, the Life Lab is where our unique Environmental Science curriculum is taught to grades K-5. Our Life Lab instructor, Caprice Potter, is a top-tier expert with over 30 years of teaching experience in the Life Lab. She has served on the Board of Life Lab several times, and under her care our Life Lab program has become regularly featured on the Master Gardener tour and visited by faculty at other schools seeking to launch their own programs.
The Life Lab has a series of unique food feasts through the grades, such as the first day cookie-making by 8th graders, the Salsa Party in 3rd grade, and the Grand Friend’s Day lunch in 4th grade. Life Lab is also home to our One World Garden, which produces foods from around the world for the One World Salad that we create to celebrate our diverse community each spring.
During lunch, small groups of students can often be found working in Garden Club, where they collaboratively design their own small garden plots. And sometimes they just head over to eat their lunches and sit in the serene surroundings and natural beauty of the space.