October 24, 2016 – First Green has been invited in November to present to a gathering of state golf association executive directors and staff at the International Association of Golf Administrators (IAGA) 50th annual conference in Amelia Island, Fla. Karen Armstead, First Green executive director, and Troy Andrew, Washington State Golf Association executive director, will present details of First Green and how state golf associations can benefit by partnering with their member clubs and the program. First Green presented last year and is looking forward to returning for the 50th Anniversary of the IAGA.

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 and internationally. For more information and to view introductory First Green videos, visit www.thefirstgreen.org.

About the Washington State Golf Association

Founded in 1922, the WSGA is a 501c4 non-profit, amateur golf association governed by men and women volunteers. Serving over 68,000 individual members at more than 550 member golf clubs and 270 golf courses throughout the state of Washington and Northern Idaho, the WSGA works to continually expand the game of golf to people of all backgrounds.

The WSGA also serves as a statewide representative of the United States Golf Association (USGA) and works closely with a number of allied associations within the golf industry for the betterment of the game. For more information, see www.thewsga.org.