How Nature Recycles (Decomposers) Class

Nature knows how to recycle!

Participate in an interactive demonstration about decomposers like fungi, worms, and insects and learn how nature makes good use of dead and decaying plants and animals. A guide will take you hiking along the nature center trails to get an up-close look at how nature recycles.

Grades  K - 5th  ~  Time 10:00am - 12:00 noon  ~  Group Limit Minimum 10  ~  Fee $10.00/participant (children and adults)

One chaperone or teacher per 10 participants is free of charge. A 10-to-1 ratio of students to adults is required.


Students will:

  • Name some organisms that help nature recycle, such as fungi, worms, insects, and bacteria.

  • Describe how nature recycles a dead organism to benefit many other living organisms.

  • Observe decomposing logs, fungi, and other decaying matter in nature.


  • Decomposer - something that helps break down dead or decaying matter

  • Fungus - a living thing that grows somewhat like a plant but does not have chlorophyll (does not make its own food) often grows in a damp environment and helps break down the surrounding environment; mushrooms, molds, and yeast are examples.

  • Insect - invertebrate (animal with no bones) with six legs, two antennae, two eyes, and an exoskeleton

  • Soil - top layer of earth's surface, made of rock, mineral and organic pieces (such as dead leaves or bark);most plants need soil to grow well

TEKS (2012-2013 Science)

  • K.1A,B&C, K.2C, K.4A&B, K.10D

  • 1.1A,B&C, 1.2C, 1.4A, 1.7C, 1.8C, 1.9C

  • 2.2A,B&C, 2.2C, 2.4A, 2.7C, 2.9C

  • 3.1.A,B&C, 3.4.A, 3.9.A&B

Please see the group field trips for more information about scheduling a field trip