Field trips, like all hosted events, are successful if there is adequate preparation. The checklists here will help ensure that the event is successful. Checklists for both golf superintendent and teacher are included here to encourage both parties to talk together about any field trip concerns or needs.

Golf Course Superintendent

Advance Scheduling and Preparation

Register with First Green.
Date selected (please notify us 30 days in advance so we can post it on our calendar).
Pro Shop notified.
Lessons discussed with teacher (see Sample Field Trip Agenda).
Materials and supplies gathered for learning lessons.
Download and print post-field trip student surveys, plus teacher/adults.
Snacks and drinks planned. Purchased ahead if desirable. (Cookies with a jug of water and paper cups always work.)
 
Golf club staff and volunteers identified and recruited.
One person assigned to lead each activity. If using lesson plans posted on the website, print out and have available for volunteers.
Have someone identified to take photos to share with the members of the golf club and with First Green.
Ask teacher to have parents sign Photo/video Permission form. Teacher should then send First Green a summary, indicating who has permission and who does not. Video-photo release and summary forms (MS Word or PDF version). First Green needs the photo permission summary from the teacher in order to use any photos.
 

Day of Field Trip

Prepare ahead so there is time to address any unexpected, last minute complications.
Have a back up in mind: learning activities on tables indoors if rain comes.
There is one person assigned to just deal with any questions or issues so everyone can enjoy the day.
Snacks organized.
Allow time as tight schedules cause tension.
Remember that the goal is to make the field trip experience fun and informative.

Post Field Trip

Superintendent - make brief notes on what worked, might be improved. Also post photos and any kind of special gifts from students in display areas at the club house for membership to see.
Make a quick video on your cellphone. State your name, course, grade of the students, activities you did, your favorite part, anything you'd do differently, and then send to First Green at info at thefirstgreen.org.
Complete brief field trip summary on the First Green website and send photos. Send First Green student surveys to First Green. Use your phone to make a brief field trip video.  Be sure to include your name, name of your club, name and grade level of school/students, what activities you did and any suggestions for what you’ll do next time. We’ll post your video on YouTube.
Share your field trip success with your members, using this newsletter example/template.
Share your field trip photos (approved by parents) on First Green's Facebook page and Twitter feed (@thefirstgreen).

 

Teacher

Note: First Green has developed a set of core STEM* lesson plans that are targeted for middle school students. They can be adapted for high school by the teacher and the golf course superintendent.

Advance Scheduling and Preparation

Date selected.
Transportation and other required arrangements made.
Discussion with golf superintendent on lessons for field trip (see Sample Field Trip Agenda).
Alert the golf superintendent to any special needs you may have such as students unable to walk comfortably on the golf course.
If possible, have parent or other volunteers on the field trip so you can be involved in the learning lessons to the greatest extent possible.
Have someone identified to take plenty of photos to share with the members of the golf club and with First Green. Send First Green a summary (or give to superintendent), indicating who has permission and who does not. Video-photo release and summary forms (MS Word or PDF version).

Day of Field Trip

Prepare ahead so there is time to address any unexpected, last minute complications.
Group students without photo permission into one group and make sure superintendent and photographers know to avoid photographing them.
Have a back up in mind: discuss options such as learning activities on tables indoors if rain comes.
Plan to use the student reflection form if possible. It is helpful to the golf superintendent to know which parts of the field trip worked best for student learning and fun.
Allow time as tight schedules cause tension.
Remember that the goal is to make the field trip experience fun and informative.
 

Post Field Trip

Make brief notes of number of students and learning outcomes.
Print out photos and have students prepare thank you notes.
Share your experience with other faculty and encourage them to also consider golf course field trips.
Plan to establish a working relationship with the golf course superintendent. He/she has a number of resources to share with you and your students as you become better acquainted and find ways to collaborate.