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Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park

Compost Alive! - 1st Grade Field Trip (Program Only)

Time Frames
During School Day, After School, Summer
Field Trip
1st, Community/Fam., Talented/Gifted, Bilingual


Recycling and decomposition come alive as students learn about the complex web of creatures in a compost bin! Learn about the Life of Litter and small ways to make big changes in the amount we waste! See a working compost pile, its complex food web and learn how it is used in the garden. Students will make their own compost in a bucket to take back to the classroom. Pre and post visit extension activities are available upon request. This option does NOT include entrance into the Tropical Butterfly House. Contact [email protected] for more info.

Students Will

  • Describe the make-up of a compost bin and its uses.
  • Apply the concepts of decomposition and recycling to the life cycle of everyday products, such as paper and Styrofoam.
  • Follow instructions to make their own compost in a bucket.
  • Literacy Connection: Where Does the Garbage Go? by Paul Showers; Compost Stew by Mary Siddals


Dates: Weekdays Please note: Texas Discovery Gardens does not offer onsite programs during the State Fair of Texas (2019 Dates: Sept. 27 - Oct. 20)
Times: Hourly, 10 am - 1 pm.
Duration: 55 minutes
School Fee: $6 per student. One free adult for every 10 students. Additional adults $6.
Minimum Attendance: 10
Maximum Attendance: 45
Bilingual: No
Technical Needs: We will be outside! Bring hats and refillable water bottles!
Other Information: Can Accommodate up to 300 Students Per Day, 50 Per Hour. Not available September 27-October 20, 2019

Scheduling / Booking

Instructions: Please call the Booking Department at 214-428-7476 ext. 343 or email [email protected] to book your visit. Be prepared to provide your contact information, Voucher number, Approval Code, approximate number of students and program selection.
Deadline: Minimum 2 weeks before program date.
Cancellation Policy: Changes to number attending and cost of program may be made two weeks prior to program date. Any remaining balance is due two weeks before your scheduled visit date. If you need for any reason to reschedule your program you must contact the Booking Department at least two weeks before your scheduled visit in order for your deposit/payment to be applied to your new visit date. Rescheduling is available in the event of TDG equipment failures, power failures, school closings by ISD or inclement weather. If in doubt due to weather, please call the Education department to confirm weather conditions at the Gardens. Your program is only guaranteed at the scheduled start time noted in your voucher and TDG Invoice. TDG follows the DISD School Closing decisions for inclement weather. All payments are non-refundable. Refunds are ONLY available in the event of failures on the part of TDG (power outages, equipment malfunctions, etc.). We will do our best to accommodate late arrivals, but we reserve the right to cancel or adjust program.
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