Get started with hands-on STEM education and experiential learning!


Our Aquaponics Education Programs are designed to break from the conventional classroom and immerse students in a world of experiential learning. Imagine yourself back when you were a student. You totter in, sit down, and dust-off a boring textbook. Now imagine yourself being asked to put down that textbook and immerse yourself in the wonders of hands-on science.

Using aquaponics as an educational tool, you’ll be interactively teaching valuable STEM concepts and best of all, you will inspire students with ideas that can really benefit humanity. Aquaponics is a fun and easy way to engage students in sustainable technologies and alternative ways of growing food!

Our programs come with a K-12 STEM curriculum and align with the Next Generation Science Standards. We encourage educators of all grade-levels to grow with aquaponics at their school! Learn more about how you can create a project that educates future farmers and contributes to the sustainability of our planet.


We have provided aquaponic systems to 500+ classrooms and we have several ways educators can get involved! Typically our new teachers get started with the ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Education Program, which is an engaging in-classroom experience using a turn-key system. For a deeper aquaponics experience, apply for our ECO-Garden Program where your students will design, engineer, budget, and build an outdoor system. Take your students to a new level of learning and let nature do the teaching!


Get started teaching aquaponics with the ECO-Cycle, our easy-to-use indoor garden system. This system is designed to work with a standard 12″ x 24″ fish tank, and will provide your students with a fun, daily reminder of the value of a sustainable food system. Give your students the opportunity to care for aquatic animals while growing healthy veggies they will actually ask to eat!

How Do I Get Started?

There are two ways for teachers to start growing with us. Purchase your ECO-Cycle Kit with a Teacher Discount here on our website, or apply for our grant program if you meet the eligibility requirements.


What's Included?

Purchase Path: 1-2 Weeks

  1. Purchase Your ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit
  2. Receive ECO-Cycle & Curriculum Materials
  3. Review Materials, FAQs, & How To Videos
  4. Purchase our Teacher Education Package for additional training & support.
  5. Start Teaching Sustainable STEM Concepts!
Get Growing

Grant Path: 3-6 Months

Review Eligibility Requirements

In order to qualify for an ECO-Cycle Grant, you must meet the following requirements:










  • Teach STEM subjects in a K-12 public school
  • Available to attend a 1-hour workshop on specified date
  • Provide set-up photo documentation on the online sharing platform
  • Complete follow-up survey within 3 months of training
  • Title- 1 schools given preference
  • Grant does not include shipping or supplies such as 12’’x 24’’ tank, fish, food, or seeds.
  1. Submit your grant application
  2. Applicants will be notified by July 15
  3. Approved teachers will participate in our 2017 Summer Program

Applications are now open – welcome new teachers! Our next National Webinar will be held on August 9 at 3:30 PST.


Submit Application

The setup was easy and the equipment wonderful!  Thank you again!  The kids are excited about aquaponics and our project.

Ann Clark

3rd Grade Teacher

The system is working great, the kids love it, and it fits perfectly with our nitrogen cycle that we are starting next week.

Deanna Currigan

6th Grade Teacher

I had my kiddos watch the planting video and take notes on their whiteboards, then they had to follow the steps to plant! It was great!

Kim Arvidson

3rd Grade Teacher


Our ECO-Garden Program is designed to be integrated with Next Generation Science curricula at title-one middle and high schools. Classrooms will analyze the major global challenge of sustainable food production and come up with solutions that account for societal needs and wants. Then students are separated between three groups- Plants, Fish & Water Quality, and Design & Engineer. Classrooms work together to design an aquaponics system that is practical, easy to maintain, within the given budget, and allows for scalable food production to best fits the needs of the school. Students will then become the experts on aquaponics and share detailed descriptions or presentations of what they have learned to other classes at their school. Classes will have 6 weeks to submit their design and on week 8, Ecolife will come to your school for an ECO-Garden Build Day!

How Do I Get Started?

Currently the ECO-Garden Aquaponics Education Program is only available to San Diego County school teachers through our grant application. Educators can apply to receive an ECO-Garden Aquaponics System and classroom support for a Winter 2017 start date.

Purchase Path: Coming Soon

We want to offer the ECO-Garden program to all schools nationwide, but we won’t be able to do so if we don’t know you’re interested!

If you don’t meet the eligibility requirements for the Grant Path, express your interest and we’ll work on getting ECO-Gardens growing in your area.

Express Interest

Grant Path: 3-6 Months

Review Eligibility Requirements

In order to qualify for an ECO-Garden Grant, you must meet the following requirements:



  • Teach STEM subjects in a K-12 Title 1 San Diego County School
  • Available for on-site visit with dedicated teachers and supportive administration
  • Ability to incorporate Next Generation Science Standards into classroom curriculum
  • Water access and electrical outlet or solar
  • Secure area for ECO-Garden
  1. Submit your grant application
  2. Applications processed by March 2017
  3. Full approvals made by Spring 2017
Submit Application

What's Included?

  • NGSS Program Outline and Standards
  • Holistic Support to Your School During & After the Program
  • Two workshops on aquaponics, conservation, and sustainable careers
  • Design assistance, construction expertise, and maintenance information
  • Interactive student platform for communication with ECOLIFE staff
  • Building Supplies, Fish, Food, Seeds, Water Quality Testing Kit, Vitamin C Powder, & Plant Media.

ECO-Garden at Patrick Henry HS

This project got me excited because aquaponics provides a lot of solutions to problems of modern agriculture. It is something you can do anywhere and I want to share it with other people because sustainability relies on education to spread.

Briana Pinto

12th Grade Student

We have the engineering students involved with mechanics, biology with fish and plant cycles, chemistry department testing water quality, and art classes are observing and drawing fish and plant life. This brings all the content areas together and also give everyone a career path and connection to the project.

Lara Dickens

12th Grade AP Environmental Science Teacher

Because this was a student-lead hands on project, we were able to research topics like organic farming and ecology while making this project a reality.

Brenden Hawk

10th Grade Student

Ready to Learn More?

Download one of our lesson plans, view a brochure, or take a look at how our programs integrate with Next Generation Science Standards.

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