Aquaponics for Educators

Join Eric Weber, Circular Economy Project Specialist, and Stef Funk, Program Coordinator, for a five hour introduction to building and running educational aquaponic systems. This class will cover how to construct aquaponic systems, where to source materials, how to maintain healthy systems, and how to engage your students in the process. This class also includes an in-depth visit to our demonstration aquaponic farm.

You will leave with lesson plans, worksheets, and have the option to join an online support network for educators interested in aquaponic farming.

Price: $50 (sliding scale available)

If you do not have the resources to purchase a ticket, please email Stef at


More about Instructors

Eric Weber Circular Economy Project Specialist
Eric has been with Plant Chicago since 2012, when he started as an Aquaponic Systems Intern. He now leads a variety of circular economy projects with Plant Chicago, working closely with staff and outside professionals to investigate the latest in food and energy reuse. Previous to Plant Chicago, Eric worked for seven years in the ornamental aquarium industry. After earning a BA in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago, he spent five of those years designing, installing and maintaining marine aquariums. He applies his knowledge and experience with living creatures and controlled environment life support technology to explore ways of reusing energy and waste.

Stef Funk Program Coordinator

Stef is a Southside Chicago native who has worked with local schools and museums all over the city to expand their STEM curriculum. While earning her degree in Environmental Science from Clark University, she completed her thesis on the effect functional diversity has on carbon sequestration to inform climate mitigation policy. Not only does she facilitate education programs, she also manages Plant Chicago’s Farmers Market and the McKinley Park Farmers Market! She is an avid plant lover, and constructed and cares for her own aquaponic system at home.

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