"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.