September 13, 2012. A field trip hosted by First Green will be taking place on September 25th at Glendale Country Club in Bellevue. Over 51 middle school students from St. Louise School on the Eastside will be participating along with parents, teachers, state, and regional golf association officials, and environmental groups.

In addition, Kimberly S. Erusha, Ph.D., managing director, United States Golf Association (USGA) Green Section, will be on hand. Kimberly's responsibilities include the coordination of the Green Section's education and communication programs, especially as they relate to the USGA's environmental activities and the development of educational materials directed to golf course superintendents, golfers, environmental organizations, and regulatory officials.

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 kicks off the school year, and will be the first of many to be scheduled at Washington golf courses this school year.

On September 25th students will rotate through four learning stations -- testing water quality, identifying insects from a pond, learning about insects in the soil, and learning about the life cycle of salmon. If the timing is right, they may see Kelsey Creek filled with salmon spawning. 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.

The activities begin at 9:00 a.m. and will end around noon.