June 21, 2016 - Second-graders from Our Lady of the Lake (OLL) School in Seattle visited Sand Point Country Club in Seattle, Wash., for a First Green field trip on June 2. A team of superintendents led the eager 2nd graders through hands-on activities – from identifying the number of individual plants growing in a soil sample to using spoons to go through leaf compost and sort out and count the bugs. The superintendents were: Steve Kealy, First Green Board Member and Superintendent at Glendale Country Club in Bellevue, and Sand Point Country Club Assistant Superintendents Andrew Brown and Jared Rodgers.

This field trip was part of First Green’s trademarked STEM program, which uses golf courses as learning labs. Golf course superintendents need to be highly-trained in STEM to manage their golf courses; they share this knowledge with teachers and students, showing real world applications that inspire student interest in STEM.

Margaret Portelance, OLL teacher, has been bringing her students to Sand Point Country Club for five years. Margaret Portelance, OLL teacher, has been bringing her students to Sand Point Country Club for five years. She said, “The field trip is tailor-made to fit with the STC, Science, Technology and Concepts curriculum on soils. The activities really engage the students and give them a chance to explore earth's materials and also what might be living there. Organisms are an essential part of soil and remind children that ‘soil’ is living!”