April 19, 2012 - A field trip hosted by First Green will be taking place on April 30th at Glendale Country Club in Bellevue. Over 90 students from two middle schools on the Eastside will be participating along with parents, teachers, state and regional golf association officials, environmental groups, as well as representatives of Puget Sound-area schools and school districts, bringing the total to well over 120 attendees.
The nonprofit First Green hosts and coordinates outdoor “learning labs” at golf courses that allow students to perform hands-on experiments and tests, all within the focus of their schools’ environmental science and/or horticulture curricula. Since the start of the program over 8,000 elementary, middle and high school students in Washington State have participated in the field trips (for further details, visit http://www.thefirstgreen.org). The Glendale outing is one of several scheduled at Washington golf courses this school year.
On April 30th students will test water quality and soil samples, identify insects from a pond, conduct water measurements in Kelsey Creek, and learn about the life cycle of salmon. They’ll also have a putting contest on the practice green.
First Green emphasizes the environmental and community benefits of golf courses, while introducing potential new golfers to the game in a fun, educational manner. Several First Green “graduates” were so enthused with their experience that they’ve gone on to universities to study Environmental Science, Horticulture, and Landscape or Turf Management.
Supporters of First Green include the Washington State Golf Association, the United States Golf Association, the Northwest Turfgrass and Western Washington Turfgrass associations, various school systems, and individual contributors who assist the organization through monetary grants and participation in field trips.