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:  

ILSTMA Field Day will be coming this summer. 

The ILSTMA 2020 Winter Workshop/Annual Meeting was held February 19th at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL.  

ILSTMA Vendors and Members were treated to a great day of interesting topics by speakers with great expertise in the Sportsfields Industry and a chance to talk and ask questions of each other.

Thank you to all our speakers:

Brian Milam – Calcium Products                              Tim Van Loo – Director of Iowa State University  


Andrew Marking, CSFM  – Bush Turf        &            Jamie Mehringer – Advanced Turf Products 

Vendor & Member Interactions


A special thank you to our meal sponsors:


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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August 2019

ILCA 11th Annual Turf Education Day (TED)

August 29, 2019
Joseph Regenstein, Jr School at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022 United States
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The ILCA Annual Turf Education Day (TED) will be held August 29, 2019. Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of at the Chicago Botanic Garden 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL  60022 8:00 am - 3:00 pm All information is listed on their website:  ilca.net Here is the link to register: https://www.ilca.net/professional/events/#!event/register/2019/8/22/turf-education-day-te Registration costs are $100 for ILSTMA members. Call (630) 472-2851 with any questions.

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October 2019

ILSTMA Board Meeting for October

October 15, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The ILSTMA Board of Directors will hold their monthly board meeting October 15, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. via Phone Conference Call. For phone information to join, contact @ illinoisstma@gmail.com.

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Organic Parks Workshop – MGG Lawn & Land Forum

October 24, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lisle Park District, 1925 Ohio Street
Lisle, IL 60532 United States
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The MGG Lawn & Land Forum for October 2019 will be an Organic Parks Workshop at the Lisle Park District on Thursday, October 24th.  The featured speaker will be Chip Osborne of Osborne Organics.  For more information and to register click here.  Any questions, contact randerson@ipminstitute.org.

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November 2019

November ILSTMA Board Meeting

November 19, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The ILSTMA will conduct a conference call board meeting on November 19, 2019 @ 2:00 pm.

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December 2019

December ILSTMA Board of Directors Meeting

December 10, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The ILSTMA Board of Directors meeting will be held December 10, 2019.

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January 2020

STMA Annual Conference & Exhibition

January 13 - January 16
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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Midwest Grows Green – Lawn & Land Forum Toolkit – Making Natural Lawn Care Easy

January 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601 United States
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Midwest Grows Green is excited to be hosting the grand release of the Lawn & Land Forum Toolkit titled "Making Natural Lawn Care Easy" on January 25th at the Illinois Parks Conference.  The location for the conference is the Hyatt Regency Chicago and the Forum will be held on the Gold Level, East Tower, Grand Suite 3.  The time will be from 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm.  Speakers will be  Ryan Anderson, Community Outreach Specialist, of the IPM Institute of…

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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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Van’s Enterprises Ltd. Open House

February 28 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Van’s Enterprises Showroom & Warehouse, 60 Le Baron Street
Waukegan, IL 60085 United States
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Open House Spring 2020

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March 2020

ILSTMA Board of Directors Meeting

March 18 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Northfield Park District, 401 Wagner Road
Northfield, IL 60093 United States
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