Classes and Seminars


Nelson and Pade, Inc.® offers a variety of aquaponics classes, seminars and training. These classes are great 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, we have a class for you.

Rebecca Nelson and John Pade have been doing aquaponics and indoor farming since before there was an Internet!  In the past 25 years, they have taught aquaponics to thousands of people from over 100 countries. 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 Aquaponics Master Class® 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.

Read more workshop attendee testimonials

Aquaponics Master Class® – 3 days

  • Our Most Popular Course Offering!
  • “Educational and Fun,” “Eye-opening,” “Amazing,” “Cutting-Edge,” “Fantastic”

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®.     Register Now !

Upcoming Aquaponics Master Classes: April 16-18, 2020; June 11-13, 2020,Master Class for Educators: July 16-17, 2020

Business and Investment Opportunities in Aquaponics

  • 1 Day Intensive Course

This is a one day class is for entrepreneurs, investors and individuals interested in starting an aquaponics business.  It showcases the business and investment opportunities that aquaponics offers.  This one-day class focusses on the start-up, planning, operation, economics, marketing, profitability, ROI and business models for commercial aquaponic ventures.

Upcoming: Friday, May 29, 2020

Register Now !

A Day in the Life

  • 1 Day Hands-on Class

The new “A Day in the Life” aquaponics class offered by Nelson and Pade, Inc. is a great opportunity to learn the basics of running an aquaponic systems with an introduction to the science behind what makes it work. You will receive a full day of comprehensive instruction and hands-on learning.

Topics covered will include An Introduction to aquaponics; Aquaponic greenhouse tour; Daily operations and crop choices; Introduction to Indoor Farming; Seeding, transplanting; Harvesting and packaging produce; Purging and Harvesting Fish; Filter maintenance; Water quality dynamics; Water quality testing

Upcoming: Friday, Feb 21, 2020

Register Now !

Extended Stay Learning Program (ESLP)

  • Hands-on Learning for buyers of Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems®

Our ESLP is is offered in individual 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. Longer sessions available upon request.

The ESLP is 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.® – 1 semester

  • Full Semester University Course (2 credit)
  • Co-developed and co-taught: UWSP / Nelson and Pade, Inc.®

If you are a student and want to enroll in a 2 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.

Registration for the Spring 2019 course now available! Learn more about the UWSP / Nelson and Pade full-semester Aquaponics Course


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

Email us if you’d like to receive updated course schedules and information!