Second Grade

Discover how nature recycles nutrients through the process of decomposition.
Children explore rotting logs to learn about the organisms that work on the decomposer team.

TEKS covered in Second Grade Guided Field Experience


  • A rotting log is a habitat for many organisms.
  • Decomposers break down stored nutrients in a rotting log.
  • Consumers feed on the dead wood or hunt other consumers around the rotting log.

Pre and Post Field Experience Resources
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Registration Information:

  • CHAPERONES: You MUST bring one adult for every 10 students to ensure safety and to help supervise your students. The program is designed for your students, please ask parents to leave younger siblings at home. Chaperones over the 1:10 requirement are charged $6/person.
  • DRESS: Students will be more comfortable if they dress for the out of doors. Students and adults should wear closed-toe shoes for safety. No sandals please.
  • LUNCH: If you are doing a full day program, students may eat lunch on our building apron. (No picnic facilities available.)
  • RAINY DAYS: The Arboretum does not cancel in case of rain. We will provide ponchos to students. In the case of severe weather, we will offer an alternate indoor program.
  • CANCELLATIONS: Program fees are non-refundable. Changes to enrollment after confirmation letter has been sent will result in a $25 processing fee.
  • PAYMENT: Is due in full upon confirmation of your date. Accepted forms of payment are organizational check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. All checks must be made payable to: Houston Arboretum & Nature Center.

Schedule a full day for up to 140 students from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Schedule your students for Field Adventures for a FULL Day of Hands-on Science!
Students participate in both the Guided Field Experience and Discovery Room Program.

Fee: $8 per student.

Scheduling for 2012-2013 is now open.

TO SCHEDULE: Print/Download the Reservation Request Form (pdf) and send by fax (713) 682-2539 or mail to:
Attn: Registrar
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
4501 Woodway
Houston, TX 77024