The Ford Plantation Hosts First Green Field Day

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“You can’t just learn science, you need to experience it.” Robert Hodgdon, RHMS Science Teacher This was an innovative environmental education outreach program that uses golf courses for hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).  

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The Ford Plantation hosted an innovative environmental education outreach program that used the golf course as an environmental learning lab. Golf course superintendent Dan Alexander welcomed 40 students from Bryan County Schools for a First Green event, May 9, 2019.

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First Green focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) principles where students get hands-on learning opportunities in a real-life setting. First Green curriculum benefits students in middle school to 12th grade by helping them apply their classroom knowledge in an outdoor setting.

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Students participated in stations where they calculated green speed with a stimpmeter, learned turfgrass anatomy, experienced a nature walk through a Ford Plantation wetland to identify plants and animals, learned cup cutting technology for hole locations and putting green soil compositions, and putt golf balls on the course.

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