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 over 600 classrooms and have opportunities for new educators to get involved! Get started today by applying for our ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Education Program, an engaging in-classroom experience that uses a turn-key system. Take your students to a new level of learning and let nature do the teaching!

Students Reached

Kits Placed In Classrooms

Purchase Path: 1-2 Weeks

Don’t want to wait? Order your kit today! Call our office to place your order. 760.740.1346.

  1. Purchase Your ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit
  2. Receive ECO-Cycle & Curriculum Materials
  3. Review Materials, FAQs, & How To Videos
  4. Start Teaching Sustainable STEM Concepts!

Grant Path: 3-6 Months

Applications are now open – Teachers are encouraged to apply!

Review Eligibility Requirements

  1. Submit your grant application
  2. ECOLIFE will begin to announce grantees in May 2019
  3. Approved teachers will participate in our August 2019 Training



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 here on our website, or apply for our grant program if you meet the eligibility requirements.


What's Included?

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 project provided the opportunity for students to design and build aquaponics gardens in ten schools across San Diego County. The benefits of these project-based, sustainable gardens are countless because they give students the chance to explore some of the world’s most pressing issues revolving around our environment and food system.

In addition, tending to aquaponic systems increases students’ comprehension of scientific concepts and provides empowerment for student leadership. Projects like the ECO-Garden promote the development of real-world job skills and critical thinking which meet the criteria for the implementation of Next Generation Science Standards.

Although new builds for the ECO-Garden Project have concluded, ECOLIFE is committed to providing program support and educational visits to our schools to help students gain valuable experience in alternative growing methods with an emphasis on green careers, conservation, habitat restoration, and human impact.

ECOLIFE is currently piloting a program with Helix Charter High School to propagate native plants in aquaponics for habitat restoration in their outdoor aquaponics system. The students are doing extensive testing and data collection, and based on the project’s success – it could be replicated around the county! Three schools will also participate in our newest program, Planting Seeds of Climate Action where they will learn how agriculture is affecting the climate and what they can do to combat these challenges.

Thank you to our funders for supporting this project!

Teachers – ECOLIFE is no longer accepting applications for the ECO-Garden Project. To incorporate aquaponics in your classroom – apply for our ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit today or start your own system using our DIY Resources.

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.

Sustainable Education

Passionate Students

4 students in the ECO-Garden Aquaponics Education Program

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

ECO-Garden Aquaponics Education Program Class

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

ECO-Garden Aquaponics Education Program students transplanting veggies

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.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.