June 3, 2016 - On May 26, 16 local high school students took to the turf at McLeod Athletic Park in the Township of Langley to train – not to practice football or work on their track and field skills, but to learn what it takes to build and maintain a sportsfield facility. The session, called First Green on Sportsfields, was the first program of its kind to be held in Canada.
Western Canada Turfgrass Assocation has hosted two successful First Green pilot events over the past two years, at the Vancouver Golf Club and the Redwoods Golf Course in Walnut Grove. With First Green on Sportsfields, the Township and its partners have adapted the program to focus on the sportsfield component.
“With the demands placed on sportsfields, successful turf managers need to be highly educated,” said KPU Turf Management instructor Stan Kazymerchyk. “This session touched on the science and technology involved with maintaining a sportsfield, featuring STEM learning with elements of chemistry, electricity, biology, and engineering.”
Learn about the student activities in the full article.