February 3, 2018 - On Monday, February 5, a fifth-grade class from Carnahan Elementary will visit historic Brackenridge Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas, for hands-on environmental science activities. They’ll run their hands through soil samples, calculate the surface area of a bunker, learn about putting green maintenance, and have a fun putting contest – all part of a First Green field trip.

Students won’t be the only ones learning on the golf course. Observing the field trip will be golf course superintendents from around the country who are attending the Golf Industry Show (GIS), sponsored by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). At GIS, golf course superintendents take professional development classes, network, and have a chance to learn about new golf industry products and programs. Like most professional conferences, the show is held indoors.

Superintendents who sign up for the First Green workshop will enjoy getting outdoors for part of their session as they learn how they can host STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) field trips on their golf courses.

An attendee of past First Green workshops, Galen Evans, says, “This seminar was invaluable to me. I feel it is incredibly important to the future of golf and the turf industry. I've been able to do three field trip-like events here at our course this year, and the things I learned from the First Green were a huge help.”

The workshop offers superintendents an opportunity to expand local community involvement through hosting students and teachers. Several superintendents now hosting field trips will be there to lead the labs and share what works for them at their own golf courses.    


Location: Brackenridge Park Golf Course, 2315 Avenue B, San Antonio, Texas 78215 (less than five miles from the Convention Center)

Date: Monday, February 5, 2018

Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am