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:     

Summer Vendor & Education Field Day will be held July 16, 2019 at Northwestern University with the program running from 9:00 am. to 1:00 pm.  


8:00 am – Registration opens with a Continental Breakfast available on site

9:00 am – 11:00 am – (5) 20 Minute Demonstrations or Presentations

8:30 am – 11:00 am  Vendor Booths will be open on the field where demos take place.

11:15 am – Lunch – Italian Buffet will be served in the Ryan Field Skybox with a speaker TBA.

12:15 am – Tour of Ryan Field after lunch to end the day.

Parking details are being finalized and will be available at a later date.


$40  for ILSTMA members

$50  for Non-members

$30 for each Additional Registrant from same organization.

Please note that there will be a $2 processing fee per registrant.

Credit Card payments accepted through our online store and please complete the Field Day Attendee Reg. form 2019 and send it as an attachment to illinoisstma@gmail.com 


Vendors:  You will be able to start unloading at 7:00 am at the field site which is a practice Field  East of the Baseball Field and North of the Softball Field.  Set up will be on the North side of this field for vendor booths and the South side of the field will be the demonstration sites. 

Sponsorship opportunities include:

Vendor Booth – $200 for ILSTMA Members and $250 for Non-Members.  The outdoor booth size is 10 ft. x 10 ft.  Please bring your own table, chairs, and tent.  This fee includes 1 Representative’s meal.  There is an additional meal charge of $30 per each additional representative. (Commercial Patrons will receive 2 Representative’s meals)  

Demonstration/Presentation – $175 for a 20 minute demonstration or presentation.   5 time slots will be available.  Demonstrate sports field equipment,  current technology, or present updates on important sports field issues!

Meal Sponsorships – $250 which includes your logo on our printed program and on this Workshop Website Page.  Show our ILSTMA members that you support our organization and their continued participation at these events!

Unloading and Parking instructions are being finalized and will be available at a later date.

Credit Card payments will accepted through our online store and please complete the Field Day Vendor Reg.form 2019 and send it as an attachment to illinoisstma@gmail.com 

Any questions, please contact us at illinoisstma@gmail.com.




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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September 2018

ILCA Turf Education Day

September 27, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Chicago Botanic Garedens, 1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022 United States
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Whether you choose to subcontract some of those services, or provide them in-house, it is critical to your profitability and customers’ satisfaction to stay informed about the latest turf care products and practices. This day of training and education is for any professional who cares for and looks after turf. Fees include free parking and lunch and access to Botanic Gardens before & after event.

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October 2018

Midwest Grows Green Workshop

October 30, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
MILWAUKEE, WI 53211 United States
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Both practitioners and experts will present and field questions on the approaches they take to cost-effectively manage grass to minimize environmental and health risk.

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November 2018

ILSTMA Fall Maintenance Facility Tour 2018

November 8, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

November 8, 2018 9:00 a.m. to around 12:00 p.m. Starting tour at Glenview Park District Facility Services West Building - 655 Zenith Drive, Glenview, IL 60025 and continuing to Glenview Park Golf Club and The Grove Maintenance Facilities.  Ground transportation between facilities via coach bus.  Cost is $30 for Members and $40 for Non-members.  There is also a $2.00 processing fee for each registrant.  There is a limit of 50 registrants.  

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December 2018

December Board Directors Meeting

December 11, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The ILSTMA Board of Directors will meet December 11, 2108 at the residence of Tom Rychlik.  We will start at 2:30 p.m. with a short social time, and start the board meeting at 3:30 p.m.

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January 2019

STMA 2019 Conference & Exhibition

January 22 - January 25

STMA 30th Annual Conference & Exhibition January 22nd thru 25th, 2019 Phoenix Convention Center 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, Arizona 85004 Phoenix, Arizona

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February 2019

ILSTMA Winter Workshop/Annual Meeting 2019

February 20 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Benedictine University, 5700 College Road
Lisle, IL 60532 United States
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The ILSTMA Winter workshop/Annual Meeting will be held February 20, 2019 at Benedictine University, Lisle, IL.  The Featured Speakers along with the presentation topics and the day's agenda is on our Workshop/Events page.  The registration pricing is also available there.

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Van’s Enterprises Open House

February 28 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Van’s Enterprises Wareouse, 60 Lebaron Street
Waukegan, IL 60085 United States
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AN OPEN HOUSE CELEBRATION To commemorate the opening of our new building and 45 years in business. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2019 From 9am until 2pm 60 Lebaron Street, Waukegan, IL 60085 http://www.vansenterprises.com Food and beverages will be provided!    Product line specialists will be available!

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March 2019

National Seed Open House

March 8 @ 10:00 am
National Seed, 4720 Yender Avenue
Lisle, IL 60532 United States
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National Seed Open House & Vendor Information Booths March 8, 2019 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Lunch served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For Reservations call 630.963.8787 or contact your rep. Please make a reservation by 3/5/19.

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Reinders Green Industry Conference

March 13 - March 14
Waukesha Expo Center, 1000 Northview Road
Waukesha, WI 53188 United States
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Reinders will be hosting their 24th Green Industry Conference March 13-14 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Waukesha Expo Center in suburban Milwaukee, WI. Visit gic.reinders.com for online show registration, seminar updates, and conference information.

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April 2019

ILSTMA April Board Meeting

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

ILSTMA April Board Meeting via Conference Call.

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Contact us today to discover more opportunities to learn about turf. We proudly serve professionals from all segments of the sports turf industry throughout the state of Illinois.