May 1, 2012 - On April 30, 90 students from two middle schools on the Eastside came to Glendale Country Club in Bellevue, Wash., for an outdoor "learning lab." Parents, teachers, state and regional golf association officials, environmental groups, as well as representatives of Puget Sound-area schools and school districts, brought the total to well over 120 attendees.

Students tested water quality and soil samples, identified insects from a pond, conducted water measurements in Kelsey Creek, and learned about the life cycle of salmon. They also had a putting contest on the practice green.

"I learned about the soil at the golf course, the salmon, and kind of how to putt a little better," said student Markus Schiffer.

KOMO News visited the course and broadcast stories on the 4:00 and 6:00 news. See the news coverage.

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.