June 4, 2013 - Second-graders from Our Lady of the Lake School in Seattle visited Sand Point Country Club in Seattle, Wash., for a First Green field trip. Steve Kealy, First Green Board Member and Superintendent at Glendale Country Club in Bellevue, and his assistant, Josh Cheney, led the eager 2nd 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. Assistant Superintendents John Williams and Andrew Brown observed and pitched in to help the students in the activities.
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.
In addition to the USGA, supporters of First Green include the Washington State Golf Association, 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.
About First 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 about their experiences that they went on to universities to study Environmental Science, Horticulture, and Landscape or Turf Management.