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 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!

Students Reached

Kits Placed In Classrooms


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

Don’t want to wait? Order your kit today with our Educator Discount!

  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!
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
  • Attend a 1-hour workshop on specified date
  • Provide photo documentation of set-up kit on an 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 September 1
  3. Approved teachers will participate in our 2017 Fall Program

Applications are now open – welcome new teachers! Our next National Webinar will be held on December 7 at 3:30 PST.


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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


ECOLIFE has piloted school programs all over San Diego County to create outdoor aquaponics systems and encourage hands-on styles of education. Our ECO-Garden program provided the opportunity for student-designed aquaponics gardens in eight schools, with two additional school builds to be finished in 2017! The benefits of these project-based sustainable gardens are countless because they give students the chance to become scientists.

Furthermore, they provide opportunity for students 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. These types of projects promote the development of real-world job skills and critical thinking which meet the criteria for the implementation of Next Generation Science Standards.

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.

Helix High School ECO-Garden

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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