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).