July 10, 2012 - Our Lady of the Lake School visited Sand Point Country Club in Seattle, Wash., on June 8. Steve Kealy, First Green Board Member and Superintendent at Glendale Country Club in Bellevue, led the eager 2nd and 3rd graders through hands-on activities – from identifying the number of individual plants growing in a soil sample to using spoons to go through leaf compost and sort out and count the bugs. One girl exclaimed, “This is way funner (sic) than panning for gold!”

Superintendent, Craig Sampson, invited First Green to the course and ensured the field trip logistics went smoothly. Craig says, “A First Green field trip is an excellent way to reach out to our local community. The interest and enthusiasm the kids displayed is a real testament to the value of the First Green Program. We’re looking forward to hosting more field trips!”

Paul Wilkinson, Director of Golf Services at the City of Seattle came to observe and said afterward, “I greatly enjoyed being at the Sand Point field trip. First Green field trips bring teachers, students and parents to the golf course who might not otherwise come. The learning labs demonstrate some of the ways that golf and golf courses enhance environmental quality--and provide an fun, innovative hands-on way for students to experience science at the golf course. I am a strong supporter of the program on our municipal courses."