Master Composter Class Information 

Master Composter training – which includes both classroom and "hands-on" instruction – takes place at city facilities and the Kirby Creek Nature Center’s Exhibition Garden. (Next class date TBD.)

The $25 Grand Prairie resident registration fee and $40 non-Grand Prairie resident registration fee includes the Rodale Book of Composting and lunch. Checks must be made payable to the city of Grand Prairie.

Grand Prairie is one of the few cities in the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area that offers the course. Anyone interested in achieving a sustainable backyard lifestyle will benefit from composter training – whether they choose to certify or not.

Certification Requirements

Certification as a City of Grand Prairie Master Composter requires classroom training and 40 hours of unpaid volunteer community service in the area of composting. A compost bin is provided after completing 20 hours at Kirby Creek Garden.

The following are suggested additional activities to complete the remaining 20 hour volunteer requirement:

  • A field trip to a local landfill, centralized composting site and/or backyard compost demonstration site.
  • Assigned reading in a composting book or magazine, with follow-up presentations or discussion.
  • Meeting with City or Council of Governments officials to learn more about solid waste and composting services in your community, and related issues.
  • Meeting with a local agent of the Texas Agricultural Extension Service to learn about the promotion of composting and other organic materials management programs in the county.
  • Volunteering in other City of Grand Prairie programs related to composting and gardening.
  • Staffing information booths on composting at public events.
  • Making presentations on composting to interested groups or individuals.
  • Conducting "how-to" workshops and trainings on composting.
  • Establishing and constructing backyard composting demonstration sites.
  • Speaking to local officials on the value of composting.
  • Any other activity approved by the Recycling and Composting Coordinator.

Download the following sheets help you keep track of your volunteer hours:

Note: Information on this page may be changed at any time. Please contact the Recycling and Composting Coordinator at 972-237-8061 or e-mail, if you have any questions.