Upcoming Turf Workshops

We invite you to attend any of our workshops for athletic field maintenance training in Illinois. We also review other topics like caring for and handling sports field maintenance equipment.

ILSTMA Upcoming workshops 2019:

Please save the date of February 19, 2020 for our Winter Workshop/Annual Meeting to be held at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL.  

Speakers confirmed for the day include:

Tim VanLoo (Iowa State University and STMA Past President)

Jamie Mehringer (Advanced Turf Solutions)

Andrew Marking (Bush Turf; Formally Quad City River Bandits)

We are awaiting confirmation from one other speaker.

Here is the tentative agenda for the day:                 

7:00 –    8:00 am    Vendor Check-In and Set Up

8:00 –   8:50 am    Registration, Continental Breakfast & Vendor Time

8:50 –   9:00 am     Welcome & Intros

9:00 –   9:45 am     SPEAKER I

9:45 – 10:05 am     Break/Vendors

10:05 – 10:50 am     SPEAKER II

10:50 – 11:10 am     Break/Vendors

11:10 – 11:55 am     SPEAKER III

11:55 – 12:55 pm     Lunch/Vendors

12:55 –   1:10 pm     Annual Meeting

1:10 –   1:55 pm      SPEAKER IV

 1:55 –    2:00 pm     Wrap up/Adjournment

The ILSTMA 2019 Vendor & Education Field Day was held July 16th, on the beautiful campus of Northwestern University.



The ILSTMA just held its 2019 Vendor & Education Field Day on July 16th,  hosted on the beautiful campus of Northwestern University.  The program ran from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm with (6) 20 minute demonstrations for the members to see and participate in, as well as Vendor Booths visited.


A special thank you to our lunch time speakers. Jody Gill, CSFM and President of the STMA who spoke about the STMA and its programs and Zach Simons, Head Groundskeeper, Northwestern University who spoke about the arena, stadium and fields on both campuses.



The ILSTMA Winter Workshop/Annual meeting was held February 20, 2019 at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL.

Dr. Pam Sherrat – Ohio State University


Travis Stephen  – Park District of Oak Park



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January 2020

STMA Annual Conference & Exhibition

January 13, 2020 - January 16, 2020
Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33401 United States
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The STMA will hold their Annual Conference and Exhibition  January 13-16, 2020 in West Palm Beach, Florida.  Click here for conference and accommodation information. Hope to see you there!

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February 2020

February 19, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Benedictine University, 5700 College Road
Lisle, IL 60532 United States
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Please join the ILSTMA in an exciting day to hear knowledgeable speakers and meet with vendors about their 2020 products. There will also be awards presented and the ILSTMA will host its annual meeting for 2020. Don't miss out on the day. Put it on your calendar now!

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