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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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, 2019 - January 25, 2019

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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 - March 14, 2019
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, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

ILSTMA April Board Meeting via Conference Call.

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