October 18, 2016 - On Wednesday, November 2, a fifth-grade STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) class from Spring Garden Elementary will visit Westminster National Golf Course in Westminster, Md., for hands-on environmental science activities. They’ll study soil samples, learn about putting green maintenance and water conservation, and have a fun putting contest.

Students won’t be the only ones learning on the golf course. Observing and helping at the field trip will be golf course superintendents from the Mid-Atlantic Association of Golf Course Superintendents who may also host their own field trips.

This field trip is part of First Green’s 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.


Location: Westminster National Golf Course, 2158 Littlestown Pike, Westminster, MD 21158

Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Time: 8:15 am – 10:15 am and 10:45 am – 12:45 pm (two separate field trips)

CONTACT: Ryan Kraushofer at 443-865-3232

About First Green

  • First Green is an innovative environmental education outreach program using golf courses as environmental learning labs – the only program of its kind. First Green has extensive resources for golf course superintendents, including online lesson plans.
  • First Green has been providing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning since 1997.
  • 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 nonprofit, First Green was founded in the State of Washington in 1997 and is expanding nationally. For more information and to view introductory First Green videos, visit www.thefirstgreen.org.