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Natural and Integrated Pest Management Strategies for Sports Turf

Course Code: AT0504CA17

Organic Sports Turf Management

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Last Held: February 24, 2017
8:00am - 12:30pm (Check-in time: 7:30am)

Next offering tentatively planned for February 2018. Registration will open when course date is confirmed.


Sports field managers at all levels are increasingly being asked, or in some cases mandated, to reduce or even eliminate synthetic fertilizers and pesticides applied to natural turfgrass playing surfaces. When faced with the prospect of reducing traditional inputs, AND maintaining acceptable playing surface quality, sports field managers know that 'going green' is easier said than done.

If you're interested in sports field management using organic methods or managing sports fields with fewer pesticide inputs, then this course is for you. During our 1/2-day course, you will hear Rutgers faculty and a veteran practitioner discuss how to implement organic techniques to manage sports fields as well as proven ways to reduce synthetic pesticide inputs. (Learn more about the Course Instructors.)

Topics include:

  • Organic sports field management - What is it?
  • The importance of soil management and turfgrass selection in an organic program
  • Low-impact pesticide options
  • Management of sports fields and turfgrass sites in Central Park, New York City

After completing this 1/2-day course you will have learned strategies to manage sports fields either organically or with fewer pesticide inputs.

Fact Sheets, Research Findings and Other Resources for Sports Field Turf Managers

Interested in earning a Landscape Certificate?
This is a a required course for the Rutgers Natural Turf and Landscape Management Certificate program.


The February 24, 2017 offering of this course was approved for the following credits. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.

Pesticide Credits

9 units in 3B and 13

4 credits in PC, 7, 18 and 23

3.0 credits in 3A and 3B

2.5 contact hours

8 credits in 3C

Certified Public Works Manager (CPWM) Credits
2 Technical, 2 Management

Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP) Credits

NJ Certified Fertilizer Applicator Credits
2 credits

Rutgers CEUs

For the latest credit information, please call (848) 932-7483.


Early Registration Fee



Registration Fee



Cancellation Fee TBD  

Sports Field Managers Association of New Jersey members are eligible to receive a 10% discount on this class. Please enter Promo Code SPORTS-1 when registering.

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


Continental breakfast and pizza lunch will be provided to you at no additional cost.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


GPS systems may not recognize campus addresses. Even if they take you to the correct building, they will not take you to the assigned parking lot. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

Former Agriculture Museum of New Jersey
103 College Farm Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Parking permit required for this location (will be provided to registrants).

Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.


Sorry, registration is not currently available for this course.

Would you like to be notified when the next offering is scheduled? 
Here are 3 convenient ways to be added to our mailing list:
1. Click here to join our mailing list (please reference "Natural and Integrated Pest Management Strategies for Sports Turf" or Course Code AT0504) 
2. Call us at 848-932-9271, select option 3
3. E-mail us at ocpe@njaes.rutgers.edu

Program Questions? Contact Us!

Program Coordinator: Joe Canzano, 848-932-7317
Administrative Assistant: Karen Tizzano, 848-932-7483

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Course Instructors

Watch Instructor Dr. Jim Murphy (Rutgers University Extension Specialist, Plant Biology) discuss turf management best practices in this short video.

Related Courses of Interest to Athletic Field Professionals

Athletic Fields Special Topics:
Athletic Field Maintenance & Construction
Baseball and Softball Skin Surface Selection and Management

Turfgrass Management:
Basics of Turfgrass Management
Turfgrass Establishment

Pest / Disease Management:
Integrated Pest Management
Pest Management of Landscape Turf
Managing Turfgrass Insects
Turfgrass Disease Management
Managing Turfgrass and Landscape Weeds

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