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 our fourth 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 – 12:10 pm    Award/Annual Meeting

12:15 – 1:05 pm      Lunch/Vendors

1:10 –   1:55 pm      SPEAKER IV

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

***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.


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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April 2019

ILSTMA April Board Meeting

April 17, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

ILSTMA April Board Meeting via Conference Call.

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July 2019

Field Maintenance Clinic at Wrigley Field

July 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison St.
Chicago, IL 60613 United States
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Members of the ILSTMA are invited to join the Chicgo Cubs and Baseball Tomorrow Fund for a free field maintenance clinic at Wrigley Field on Tuesday, July 2 at 10:00 a.m. for local area youth baseball and softball organizations. The clinic is a part of the BTF/MLB Field Maintenance Education Program. The clinic will be led by the Wrigley Field Grounds Crew. Please RSVP by June 25 by clicking here: Field Maintenance Clinic RSVP Parking is available in the Cubs Toyota Camry Lot at 1126…

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ILSTMA Summer Workshop

July 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Northwestern University Evanston, IL 60208 United States + Google Map

The ILSTMA is excited to announce that our Summer Workshop will be held July 16, 2019 at Northwestern University.  More details will be available soon.

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August 2019

ILSTMA August Board of Directors Meeting

August 27, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The ILSTMA Board of Directors will conduct a meeting via conference phone call at 2:00 p.m.

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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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