The program started in conjunction with The First Green Foundation takes the students on field trips to local courses to learn about turfgrass and protection of nearby streams through responsible fertilizing practices.
A unique teaching program in the Seattle area is taking students out of the classroom for field trips to local golf courses for instruction on soil conservation, protection of waterways through responsible fertilizing techniques and also a little fun on the putting greens, reports KOMOnews.com
“I learned about the soil at the golf course, the salmon, and kind of how to putt a little better,” said Markus Schiffer, a seventh grader from Bellevue, Wash. after going on one of the field trips.
“It gets the truth out about turfgrass and golf and what it does,” said Larry Gihuly of the United States Golf Association. “There are an incredible amount of positives, going from the oxygen we breathe to filtering all the things that are pollutants in the environment. Golf courses do that.”
Students even folded in some math by measuring a stream’s velocity during one trip, but they mainly talked about how to protect that stream.
“Hit the target with your fertilizer. If you’re going to fertilize your lawn, make sure you get it on the grass,” said an instructor.
They also leaned about ways to protect the creatures living in the water that run through or are adjacent to courses.
More than 8,000 students have gone through the program with the First Green Foundation, which started in Washington and has since spread to other states.copyright