Classes, Seminars, Training

01Nelson and Pade Aquaponics offers a variety of training options for anyone looking to learn more about aquaponic food production, whether you are brand new to aquaponics or are an experienced grower looking to expand your base of knowledge.

Rebecca Nelson and John Pade have been doing aquaponics since the early 1990’s and controlled environment agriculture since the mid 1980’s.  In the past 20 years, they have taught aquaponics to over 15,000 people in workshops and at conferences around the world.  They have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share.

After every class, we hear from attendees who tell us the quality, content and level of enthusiasm at our workshops is top notch.  Here is an example:  “Well what can I say but thank you to the entire team. John and Rebecca…..thank you for creating a learning environment that was fun and relaxed. I have been to many conferences during my career as an educator, and this conference was one if not the best I have ever attended.” Stephen, Muskogee, Oklahoma.
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Learning Opportunities

Aquaponics Master Class™ – 3 days

This is a comprehensive course covering all aspects of aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture. Our 3-day Aquaponics Master Class™ is intended for anyone seriously considering getting into aquaponic food production, or those already doing aquaponics who want to learn more about the technology. We cover the topics most important to being successful in aquaponics including aquaponic methods and applications, crop choices and recommendations, water quality, daily operation and growing techniques, greenhouses and environmental control, fish biology and feeds, plant care and health, system start up, economics and business considerations. In the Aquaponics Master Class™, we don’t waste your time with fluff or with inexperienced instructors. We have developed a comprehensive and cohesive curriculum. We share the most important tips and techniques for growing and we show you the path to success in aquaponics, all based on our 20+ years’ experience in aquaponic food production.
Learn more about the Aquaponics Master Class.

Extended Stay Learning Program (ESLP)

02Our ESLP is is offered in one, two or three week sessions that can be booked at your convenience. During the ESLP you will be experiencing, hands-on, everything that it is involved in running a Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® in a controlled environment greenhouse. Plus, you’ll learn about system assembly and maintenance, marketing and other critical components of running an aquaponics business,  The ESLP available to anyone who has purchased a Clear Flow Aquaponic System. Transporting your system home at the end of your ESLP is an option.
Learn more about the Extended Stay Learning Program

UWSP / Nelson and Pade, Inc. 3-credit University Course – 1 semester

If you are a student and want to enroll in a 2 or 3-credit, full semester course on aquaponics, this is the course for you.  Enrollment is through UW-Stevens Point, but you can be a student at any college or university. Course is offered in the spring semester.
Learn more about the UWSP / Nelson and Pade full-semester Aquaponics Course

New 1/2 and full day course offerings:

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Introduction to Aquaponics Seminar with an Aquaponics Greenhouse Tour (3 hours)

Tues, Oct 13, 1pm •  Tues, Nov 10, 5:30pm  •   Tues, Dec 8, 1pm
This is an excellent introduction to aquaponic methods, advantages and applications that includes a tour in our commercial and hobby aquaponic greenhouse. It is a great opportunity to learn about this technology in a real-world setting. Register Now!

Business and Investment Opportunities in Aquaponics: An Introduction to the Technology, Economics & Startup

Fri, Nov 20, 9am – 4:30pm
Entrepreneurs, investors, anyone considering a franchise, anyone looking for a proven system and procedures should attend this class to understand and  take advantage of the business and investment opportunities in aquaponics food production. Register Now!

Home Builder’s Hands-on Training for Success in Aquaponics (8 hours)

Fri, Dec 11, 9am

If you are thinking of home building an aquaponic system to grow food for you family, this is the class for you! In this class, we teach science-based principles and proven methods for home building an aquaponic system. We teach you how to source the right materials and implement proper designs so you can build a system to grow fresh, safe fish and vegetables at home.  It is a combination of classroom and hands-on building and learning. Register Now!


Course and Registration Details

Class size is limited and enrollment is on a first come-first serve basis so sign up early to ensure your enrollment.

Online Registration or Download and Print the Master Class Registration Form

If you have questions or need additional information, call us at 608-297-8708 or email

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