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 2020: 

Winter Workshop/Annual Meeting, February 19th at Benedictine University, Lisle, IL.  

Speakers for the day include:

Brian Milam (Territory Sales Manager - Calcium Products) "Calcium: A Critical Nutrient"   (@brianmilam1973)

Tim Van Loo, CSFM (Director of Facilities & Grounds - Iowa State University and STMA Past President)"Iowa State University Maintenance"  (@cycloneturf)

Jamie Mehringer (VP of Sports Turf -  Advanced Turf Solutions) "Examples of Sport Turf Maintenance That Will Inspire You"   (@Jamie Mehringer,@ATSSportsTurf)

Andrew Marking, CSFM ( Project Manager - Bush Turf/ Formally Head Groundskeeper - Quad Cities River Bandits) "Maintaining Modern Woodman Park: Ball Field Maintenance & Historic Flooding”  (@markoftheking25,@bush turf)

Here is the agenda for the day:   

7:00 -    8:00 am     Vendor Registration 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 - Brian Milam

9:45 – 10:05 am      Break/Vendors Time

10:05 – 10:50 am    SPEAKER II - Tim Van Loo, CSFM

10:50 – 11:10 am    Break/Vendor Time

11:10 – 11:55 am    SPEAKER III - Jamie Mehringer

11:55 – 12:10 pm    Awards/Annual Meeting

12:15 – 1:05 pm      Lunch/Vendor Time

1:10 –   1:55 pm      SPEAKER IV - Andrew Marking, CSFM

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

Registrant pricing:  $65 for Members, $75 for Non-members, and $50 for Add. members from same organization.  Here is the Registration form link and here is the payment link. 
Vendor pricing: $300 for Meal Sponsorship (which includes inclusion on the program and signage on the table), $200 for Table-Top Sponsorship (which includes 1 6ft. table and 2 chairs), and $50 for Add. members from same organization.  Here is the Vendor Registration form link and here is the payment link.

A special thank you to our meal sponsors:



***Smoking policy:  The University prohibits the use of all tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes on all our campuses. In addition to all buildings, it applies to all outside property and grounds. In a kind and courteous manner, each community member has responsibility to remind individuals of the University policy. This policy will be enforced like any other student conduct/employee violation. Individuals desiring to smoke may do so in their car.

***Parking Policy:  Parking is only available at the Krasa Student Center Parking Lot (south of the sports complex) and the Parking Garage (south edge of campus) in a parking space.  These are one minute away from our meeting place - Goodwin Hall.  Tickets will be issued anywhere else.   Here is a link to the campus map for your convenience.

***Vendor Unloading/Loading directions: You may pull up to the east end of the Kraza parking lot or park in the parking garage. Both are about 30 yards from the building.  Here is a link to the campus map for your convenience.

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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February 2020

ILSTMA 2020 Winter Workshop/Annual Meeting

February 19
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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