About BackPocket Learning

BackPocket Learning is collection of activities that every garden educator or parent should have in their “Back Pocket”.

The activities referenced on this searchable directory are based on the following criteria:

  1. Minimal materials needed. Most everything you need to do these activities you already have.
  2. Ease of implementation. 
  3. Encourages outdoor exploration such as stepping out on your porch, in your yard or garden. 
  4. Healthy, plant-based recipes with easily accessible ingredients.
  5. Not screen-based (with the exception of some instructional videos). 

BackPocketLearning.org is curated and maintained by Life Lab. For over 40 years Life Lab has cultivated children’s love of learning, healthy food, and nature through garden-based education. We wrote The Book on Gardening Project With Kids, literally. 

The activities and recipes are all tried and true as we use these weekly in our camps, field trips and school-based programs.


We invite you to share your activities on this site.

BackPocket Learning is Created & Curated by Life Lab with support from the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation

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