April 28, 2013 - On May 17, 2013, seventh grade science students from Pacific Crest Academy will visit Royal Oaks Country Club in Vancouver, Wash. for a unique First Green field trip.

First Green 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.

In these outdoor “labs” students test water quality, collect soil samples, identify plants, do math activities and work with local issues such as stream-bed or owl-nest restoration. First Green also emphasizes the environmental and community benefits of golf courses, while introducing potential new golfers to the game in a fun, educational manner.

First Green Expansion into Oregon

Students have been using golf courses as learning labs in Washington since 1997. This field trip is unique in that golf course superintendents from the Vancouver and Portland areas will be attending the field trip and a special workshop afterwards to learn how to host their own field trips. The workshop is being funded by a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) grant awarded to First Green by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and Chevron. In addition, the grant is supporting First Green’s expansion into Northern California. A similar field trip and workshop are planned for May 30 in Oakland, Calif.