"I wanted my students to participate in a First Green field trip so they could see a real life application of what we had been learning in class.

I was contacted ... about 4 years ago to see if St. Louise School would be interested in participating in the First Green program.

Steve Kealy was open to setting up 4 stations dealing with anything my students had been studying over the year in earth and life science. 

I wanted my students to see how our local golf course was putting environmental science to work to benefit the course’s needs and the needs of the local community.  I was very impressed with how Steve traced how the parking lot at our school and the street drains along our downhill walking journey to Glendale Golf Club were all connected. 

Students learned about the holding  pond that filtered the water before it entered into Kelsey Creek.  Students did water samples and counted macro invertebrates that lived in the pond.  They also did soil samples to see how to manage the golf course using less water.

They learned how different grasses were used and how the roots grow to from a more sustainable course for golfers.

We used high-tech tools to measure the grass and were introduced to the different mowing machines.


On one trip Steve had students work at figuring out the stream flow to see how much water was in Kelsey Creek.  There was lots of science, math and technology at each station the students visited.


I feel First Green has done a wonderful job of connecting  what we learn in the classroom to what actually is being done in our community.

It inspires and makes my students want to do their part to improve the environment in which they live.  Students also enjoyed putting a few golf balls and having lunch at a very nice golf course." - Jeff Glaser, 6th grade teacher, St. Louise School, Bellevue, Wash.

 

 

What is First Green?

First Green is an innovative environmental and STEM education outreach program using golf courses as environmental learning labs. Golf course superintendents and/or local golf course representatives host students on field trips where they test water quality, collect soil samples, identify plants, design plantings, assist in stream bed restoration and are involved in the ecology and environmental aspects of the golf course. The students are also introduced to many other aspects of golf. A tax-exempt non-profit, First Green was founded in the State of Washington in 1997 and is expanding nationally.

Supporters

Supporters of First Green include the United States Golf Association (USGA), Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), Washington State Golf Association, Pacific Northwest Golf Association, the Northwest Turfgrass Association, Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association, Western Canada Turfgrass Association, local golf clubs, public and private school systems, and individual contributors who assist the organization through monetary grants and participation in field trips.

  • National Supporters
    National Supporters
  • Regional Supporters
    Regional Supporters
  • State Supporters
    State Supporters
  • Local Supporters
    Local Supporters

"I wanted my students to participate in a First Green field trip so they could see a real life application of what we had been learning in class.

I was contacted ... about 4 years ago to see if St. Louise School would be interested in participating in the First Green program.

Steve Kealy was open to setting up 4 stations dealing with anything my students had been studying over the year in earth and life science. 

I wanted my students to see how our local golf course was putting environmental science to work to benefit the course’s needs and the needs of the local community.  I was very impressed with how Steve traced how the parking lot at our school and the street drains along our downhill walking journey to Glendale Golf Club were all connected. 

Students learned about the holding  pond that filtered the water before it entered into Kelsey Creek.  Students did water samples and counted macro invertebrates that lived in the pond.  They also did soil samples to see how to manage the golf course using less water.

They learned how different grasses were used and how the roots grow to from a more sustainable course for golfers.

We used high-tech tools to measure the grass and were introduced to the different mowing machines.


On one trip Steve had students work at figuring out the stream flow to see how much water was in Kelsey Creek.  There was lots of science, math and technology at each station the students visited.


I feel First Green has done a wonderful job of connecting  what we learn in the classroom to what actually is being done in our community.

It inspires and makes my students want to do their part to improve the environment in which they live.  Students also enjoyed putting a few golf balls and having lunch at a very nice golf course." - Jeff Glaser, 6th grade teacher, St. Louise School, Bellevue, Wash.

 

 

Quotes:

“I have to say … (my first field trip) was one of the best days I have ever spent on a golf course!”
"The First Green’s education and environmental program directly connects the golf course superintendent with local school programs. These efforts engage students in a high-energy, hands-on learning opportunity outdoors on the golf course."
“The best part about First Green is that it can happen at any golf course and there are golf courses in practically every community in our province. This makes the program accessible to kids everywhere, not just those in larger centres.”