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Course Name: Basics of Turfgrass Management
Course Code: AT0406CA24
Date: December 20, 2023
Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm (Check-in time: 8:30 am)
Location: Ralph Geiger Turfgrass Education Center, 20 Indyk-Engel Way, New Brunswick, NJ 08902 (Directions & Map to Building)
Parking is ONLY available in the gravel lot behind the Office of Continuing Professional Education’s building (close to Ryders Lane). Map to parking lot: https://goo.gl/maps/KXA9A8RVFmKZUEz79
Format: Classroom course
Registration Fee: $210 per person
Early Bird Discount Fee: $195 per person (expires December 13, 2023)
Registration Closes: December 18, 2023
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Payments should be made out to: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Checks and money orders should be mailed to: Office of Continuing Professional Education, Attn: Registration Dept., 102 Ryders Ln, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8519
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This class is part of the Landscape Management Certificate Program and the Public Grounds Management Certificate Program.
This one-day program is packed with topics to help improve your turf. Joe Clark (Rutgers Turfgrass/Horticulture Research Farm) and Brad Park (Department of Plant Biology and Pathology) tag team to provide practical applications of good turf science.
Be prepared to go outside and see demonstrations on the Rutgers Turf Farm!
- Prevention and Control of Turf Pests
- Soil Compaction
- Testing and Tilling
- Choosing Turfgrass Varieties
- Adjusting the Amount of Water for Better Results
- And More!
Who Should Attend?
This class is a great source of information for anyone who wants to learn more about turfgrass management for home lawns, parks, school grounds, and more. Past participants have included:
- Building and Grounds Maintenance Employees
- Department of Public Works Employees
- Environmental Commission Members
- Horticulture Technicians
- Landscape Business Owners
- Lawn Care Managers
- Park Maintenance Workers
- Sports Field Managers
Meet Your Instructors
Joe Clark, Rutgers University
Joe Clark is the Research Farm Supervisor for the Horticultural Research Farm II at Rutgers. As such, he manages the operations of the farm, including research schedules, irrigation, and equipment. His educational background includes a earning a BS in Environmental Planning, Landscape Industries from Rutgers University. Joe goes above and beyond to help students understand his lessons.
Brad Park, Rutgers University
Brad Park is a Laboratory Researcher with the Rutgers Department of Plant Biology. Brad performs traffic stress research on cool-season turfgrass species commonly established for sports fields. He routinely visits athletic facilities in New Jersey to assist turf managers in solving problems associated with high traffic sports fields. He is also actively involved in research projects concerning low-input turfgrasses for public grounds, home lawns, and highway roadsides.
“There was a variety of very useful knowledge given in the class, which included a turf farm walk outside comparing the different grass types.”
– Past Participant
“Very good introduction to types of turfgrass and opportunities and challenges with growing under different conditions.”
– Past Participant
“[I] Learned I may need to change the type of grass I am growing to one that would respond better to my conditions.”
– Past Participant
Continuing Education Credits
The Basics of Turfgrass Management course (5.75 contact hours) is approved for the following credits from professional organizations.
MD Pesticide Applicators: Pending
NJ Certified Public Works Managers (CPWM): Pending
NJ Certified Fertilizer Applicators: Pending
NJ / CT Pesticide Applicators: 3 units in PP2; 9 units in 3B
PA Pesticide Applicators: Pending
DE, NY, and MA Pesticide Applicators: If you need pesticide credits in these states, you must register and notify Joe Canzano at least 45 days before the course start date. Call 848-932-7317 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
No breakfast will be provided. Lunch will be available for pre-registered attendees only.
NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.
Course Requirements and Policies
COVID-19 Mask & Vaccination Policies for Face-to-Face Classes
Registrants attending OCPE events are not currently required to wear face masks or provide proof of vaccination.
To continue to protect yourself and others:
- Masks are welcome.
- If you have symptoms, testing is encouraged.
- If you feel unwell, please recover at home. Contact us to cancel your registration at 848-932-9271, option 2 or email@example.com.
Pre-registration is required. We’re sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials, or meals for walk-in registrants.
Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.
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- If this is your first time registering with us, please provide your own unique email address when registering; do not provide an email address that you share with co-workers.
- If you have previously taken classes with us and have used an email address that you share with your co-workers or supervisor, your account must be updated with a unique email address. To do this, please send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org stating that your email address needs to be changed and include:
- Your full name
- The shared email address that needs to be changed
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Cancellations and Substitutions
A $35 cancellation fee applies for this course. Substitutions are permitted. View our cancellation policy.
Attention U.S. Veterans
This course is approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for educational benefits through the GI Bill®. Learn more.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
Program Questions? We’re Here to Help!
If you have any questions about Basics of Turfgrass Management, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
Program Coordinator: Joe Canzano
Administrative Assistant: Damiana Parada
For registration assistance, please contact our Registration Department at 848-932-9271, option 2 or email email@example.com.