Kids, grandparents explore O.J. Noer during Grandparents University

Grandparents University visited O.J. Noer Turfgrass Research and Education Facility, Thursday, July 26. Attendees made stops at four stations:

  • Doug Soldat, professor of soil science, dug a soil pit and explained soils and their importance. Grandchildren then went into the soil pit and examined the layers in the profile.
  • Paul Koch, assistant professor of plant pathology, showed attendees different grass seed blends that are used for home lawns. They took off their shoes and walked around the plots and rated each blend and discussed the differences.
  • Entomology masters students discussed bees, their importance, and what is being done to protect them. Grandparents and grandchildren walked out to a functioning hive and tasted honey from different hives.
  • Station Superintendent Bruce Schweiger played soccer with the participants, performing drills together and talking about what makes sports fields different. Maybe a little coaching took place, too.

It was a beautiful day and enjoyed by all.