The Living Lab is a four-acre certified wildlife habitat and outdoor classroom committed to reconnecting students with the natural world and developing a kinship with Creation. Located on a hillside blessed with spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay, the Living Lab also borders forested public land and connects to the greenbelt of the nearby Arroyo Viejo Creek.
Begun in 2000, the on-campus ecological restoration was led by students, faculty, and parents. Volunteers have designed and installed every part of the Living Lab, transforming this once neglected hillside into a vibrant outdoor classroom. The Living Lab holds a leading reputation among school gardens and urban restoration sites and is celebrated for its unique scope and size, impressive volunteer and student involvement, and ecological integrity.
The Living Lab is an ideal setting – academically, physically, and spiritually – for applied and experiential learning, reflective and inspirational activities, team projects, investigative activities, and cross-curricular collaboration. Educators often talk about dissolving the walls between the classroom and the real world, and the Living Lab is a place where this is literally happening every day.