The GCSAA First Green Task Force met in June to begin mapping out plans to move First Green forward. The task group aims to create a First Green Liaison volunteer position to help grow the program and provide a mentor to superintendents/schools in each state. The task group discussed the uncertainty surrounding schools transitioning back to in-person classrooms and whether field trips will be allowed in the 2020/2021 school year. The task group agreed that First Green could be a resource for parents/teachers looking to enhance STEM/Environmental Science learning virtually.
Outcomes from the meeting included:
- Investigate blended/online learning units that provide teachers with resources to facilitate First Green learning beyond the field trip to the course.
- Build on established lesson plans: Create videos to support learning. At the end of the unit the students attend a First Green Field Trip (if possible.)
- Get tool kits – (banners, lesson plans, all materials needed for the lessons) on the GCSAA Merchandise Store.
- Develop materials for the First Green Liaison volunteers to share with interested parties.
First Green Task Group members include:
Kevin P. Sunderman, CGCS – Chair
Paul L. Carter, CGCS – Vice Chair
Ryan S. Kraushofer
Robert G. McLean
Darin E. Pearson
Christopher A. Reverie
Michael Richardson, Ph.D.
Thomas R. Slevin
Richard W. Staughton, CGCS
Ryan L. Swilley