MSU Turf School 2019 announced

The Michigan State University (MSU) Turf School is an intensive course designed to teach the basics of turfgrass science as well as the practical techniques of managing turfgrass. The school will be “team taught” by MSU turfgrass faculty and staff. 

The MSU Turf School will be held December 16-19, 2019 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, East Lansing, Mich.

The curriculum is designed to deliver a wide range of turfgrass management topics including basic soils and soil management, turfgrass species identification, selection and physiology, turf establishment and renovation, fertilization, proper pesticide use, and environmental stewardship. A significant portion of the school is dedicated to weed, insect, and disease identification and management. The pest management section is delivered in lecture and laboratory settings with hands-on learning emphasized. The strength of the school lies within the depth of the turfgrass faculty at MSU. This will provide an excellent opportunity for one-on-one interaction between participants and the MSU turfgrass faculty.

Who should attend?

Anyone looking to add to their turf knowledge – the school starts with the turf basics and expands from there throughout the week. Past attendees include golf course employees without formal training, lawn care company employees, turfgrass equipment technicians, industry sales representatives, and school employees responsible for grounds and athletic fields.

What is covered?

Topics include: turfgrass species and cultivars including a hands-on identification lab, establishment and renovation, nutrition and fertilizers, weed, insect, and disease management including hands-on identification labs, turfgrass soils, cultivation, compaction, and a hands-on soils lab.

Where and when?

This year’s school will be held Dec. 16-19, 2019 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on the campus of Michigan State University. The school begins at 8 a.m. on Monday and concludes at 5 p.m. on Thursday. Lodging arrangements can be made with the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center either online at or by calling 1-800-875-5090. Reference the group code 1912TURFSC to secure the room rate of $114/night for either single or double occupancy.


Need some MDARD credits or GCSAA CEU points? Turf school is the place to clean up. We’ve applied for credits this year, for reference last year Turf School was awarded 32 MDARD pesticide recertification credits available in categories Commercial Core, Private Core, 3A, 3B, and 6.

How much? 

Cost for the school is $630.00 and includes all class materials and lunches at the MSU Brody Complex Monday-Thursday. Registration is limited to the first 100 so reserve your spot now. If you cancel after Dec. 6 without a replacement you will be charged $100 cancellation fee. If you cancel after Dec. 9 there is no refund.

Registration is limited to the first 100. Register now.