February 3, 2017 – On Monday, February 6, fifth-grade students will visit Orange Tree Golf Club in Orlando, Fla., for hands-on environmental science activities. They’ll run their hands through soil samples, calculate the surface area of a bunker, learn about technology on the golf course, and have a fun putting contest – all part of a First Green field trip.

Students won’t be the only ones learning on the golf course. Observing the field trip will be golf course superintendents from around the U.S. who are attending the Golf Industry Show (GIS), sponsored by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). At GIS, golf course superintendents take professional development classes, network, and have a chance to learn about new golf industry products and programs. Like most professional conferences, the show is held indoors.

But superintendents who sign up for the First Green workshop will enjoy the added bonus of getting outside for part of their session as they learn how they can host STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) field trips on their golf courses.

The First Green workshop offers superintendents an opportunity to expand local community involvement through hosting students and teachers. Several superintendents now hosting field trips will be there to lead the labs and share what works for them at their own golf courses.

After hosting what would become the first of his annual First Green field trips in 2013, Frank Tichenor, the long-time superintendent at Forest Hill Field Club in Bloomfield, N.J., exclaimed, “The First Green field trip was one of the best days I’ve ever spent on the golf course.”


Location: Orange Tree Golf Club, 7540 Woodgreen Dr, Orlando, Fla. 32819 (20 minutes from the Orange County Convention Center)

Date: Monday, February 6, 2017

Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am