Municipal Grounds and Sports Turf Academy

New Date - Rescheduled!

June 28 & 29, 2017, 8 am-4 pm

W.B. Young Building, 1376 Storrs Road, Room 100
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT


Session Topics:

Turfgrasses for Athletic Fields and School Grounds

Understand the differences between the cool season turfgrass species used on athletic fields and school grounds. Learn how proper turfgrass selection will support healthy pesticide-free athletic fields.

Pest Management: Weed Control for Athletic Fields and School Grounds

Understand how weeds grow and why they thrive on athletic fields. Learn about the biology and life cycles of major weeds found on most athletic fields in CT. Weed control methods for pesticide free programs will be highlighted.

Pest Management: Turfgrass Diseases

Understand what cultural practices can contribute to turfgrass disease prevention on athletic fields. Learn about the more prevalent turfgrass diseases on school grounds and athletic fields, and understand how to minimize damage.

Understanding Soil Health

Understand the basics of good soil health. Learn about soil properties that are important for successful construction, establishment, and maintenance of athletic fields.

The How’s and Why’s of Athletic Field Renovation

Understand the cultural practices that are important in athletic field renovation.

Plant Nutrition Basics: How Plant Nutrition Affects Turfgrass Health

Nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium: how does the plant use the elements and how do turfgrass nutrients support turfgrass health?

Irrigation 101: Considerations for a Successful Irrigation Program

Learn why irrigation is important in a turfgrass management program. Understand how to irrigate athletic fields properly. General irrigation maintenance practices will be discussed.

Pest Management: Insect Pests on Sport Fields

Learn how to identify and control insect pests found on athletic fields with a focus toward Biological Management Strategies.

Strategies to Maintain Sustainable Areas on School Properties

Learn about strategies to manage native areas, meadows or pollinator gardens.

Calibration Techniques and Equipment Care for Sports Turf Programs

Budgeting for the Sports Turf Manager/Developing an IPM Plan

 Line Painting 101


Pesticide Recertification Credits – 7 Credits/Day Categories 3A, 3B, & PA

Click here to register online (Online registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on June 26)
or submit the mail-in registration form and total amount (check payable to the University of Connecticut) to:

Vickie Wallace, UConn Cooperative Extension,
562 New London Turnpike, Norwich CT 06360

The registration fee is $180.00.
$20 discount ($160 per person) for groups of 3 or more. Student registration is $25.
Registration fee includes refreshments, lunch, and an information packet.
For registration after June 26, contact Vickie Wallace.

If you are an individual with a disability and need accommodations, please contact Vickie Wallace at or call her at (860) 885-2826 as early as possible prior to the event to help us ensure availability. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time.

Directions to the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources:

Take I-84 east/west to Exit 68, turn south onto State Highway 195 (cross routes 32 and 44) to the campus. After entering campus, continue to bottom of hill and turn left at the traffic light on Horsebarn Hill Road. The W.B. Young Building is up the first driveway on the left. Park in the parking lot along Horsebarn Hill Road (Student Lot A), and then walk up the driveway to W.B. Young Building. Enter through the double doors in the back of the building, go up the three stairs and through the next set of double doors. Turn left, room 100 is all the way at the end of the hall.

Lodging Information: 

Nathan Hale Inn, (860) 427-7888. Rate is $144/night

Best Western, (860) 423-8451. Rate is $105/night

Questions? Contact: Vickie Wallace,, (860) 885-2826