WHO ARE WE?

First Green is an innovative environmental and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education outreach program using golf courses as environmental learning labs. Golf Course Superintendents and/or local golf course representatives host students on field trips where they test water quality, collect soil samples, identify plants, design plantings, assist in stream bed restoration and are involved in the ecology and environmental aspects of the golf course. The students are also introduced to many other aspects of golf.

Golf Courses offer economic benefits, recreational opportunities and green spaces to the communities they serve. Golf Courses are large parcels of land with healthy turf, trees and other vegetation. They provide wildlife habitat, produce oxygen and filter surface water.

First Green is a program of the Environmental Institute of Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).

GET INVOLVED WITH
FIRST GREEN

GOLF COURSES

Golf course superintendents interested in hosting a field trip should read below about how to become First Green ready.

SCHOOLS

If you are a teacher or club leader and want to expand your STEM curriculum with one of our field trips, we are here to help.

PARENTS

First Green encourages parents to get involved, and welcomes your insight to further improve our workshops.

FRIENDS

We need your support to achieve our goals. Contact us today if you would like to become a Friend of First Green.

IN THE NEWS

High School Activity Ideas
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The First Green Lesson Plans introduce students of all ages to a…

Spanish STEM Field Trip on the Golf Course | First Green News
Kendrick B. Melrose Family Foundation donates $500,000 in an endowment to support GCSAA’s First Green
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The Kendrick B. Melrose Family Foundation has donated $500,000 to the Environmental Institute…

CONNOR HEALY: BRINGING STUDENTS TO THEIR FIRST GREEN
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Students rotated from station to station, measuring moisture content, calculating land area…