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Do you like sports turf as much as we do? If answer is yes, then we have some great news for you! Sports Turf Canada is the non-profit professional association dedicated to the promotion of better, safer sports turf through innovation, education and professional programs.  We are the only Canadian association solely dedicated to sports turf education and research.



  • Turf species 
  • Soils 
  • Best Practices for optimal playing conditions
  • Water management
  • Weeds, insects and disease Identification & control
  • Integrated pest management (IPM) programs



  • Design of fields
  • Installation and drainage understanding
  • Field safety best practices
  • Infill understanding
  • Equipment overview
  • Maintenance best practices and techniques
  • Troubleshooting common problems


Happen all across Canada

And virtually!  (since 2020)

Field Days:

It’s been our annual tradition for over 30 years!  They are an opportunity to come out to the field, listen to experts who know best maintenance practices, talk to others who do what you do, meet the suppliers and see what products and services they provide and watch as they demonstrate them for you.  They are designed for the benefit of all sports field personnel from Parks Managers to Front Line Staff.

  •  Connecting face to face with industry suppliers
  • Learn from the City of Woodstock on their turf transformations and what they’ve learned!
  • Ability to meet other sports turf professionals and our experts 
  • 6 hours of live sports field training
  • BBQ lunch
  • Ability to shape our industry moving forward
  • On field demonstrations such as
    • ball diamond “How To” and equipment demonstration
    • synthetic turf maintenance
    • sports field line painting
    • various maintenance techniques (overseeding, aerating, etc.)
    • equipment usage
    • battery operated equipment 

Ontario Turfgrass Symposium

Held February each year which includes a variety of presentations that cover turf maintenance.  Our members are often speaking and sharing their success stories and learning opportunities


Student - $35.00 (CAD)

Memberships are for one calendar year:  Jan 1 – Dec 31st.  Eligibility:  A full-time student. You have the same benefits and privileges as a Sports Turf Professional and you will receive an electronic copy of Sports Turf Manager magazine, instead of a hard copy.

Benefits of membership:

  • for all the previously mentioned items, there is a discounted rate for members
  • connection with others in the industry – online, in person and through communication platforms
  • access to sports turf research – always investing in knowledge and understanding
  • resources such as e-mails and our magazine with sports turf best practices and industry news
  • credibility as membership in your industry association brings a perspective of credibility
  • jobs – we post jobs that are available on our website and our job seeking members attend our events and courses to speak with our members
  • advocacy – a chance to have a say in changing industry practices
  • skill development – the more you know, the more you can apply and increase the quality of sports fields


Robert Sheard scholarship – we’ve been offering this scholarship for over 20 years.  It’s intended to recognize someone who truly has a desire to continue their education for the purpose of sports field improvement.

Michael J Bladon scholarship – the Bladon family recently added this opportunity for someone who wishes to continue their education in sports turf.  You must be actively employed in an environment where sports turf maintenance is a part of their scope of work.

Scholarships for 2022 have closed however watch for the Spring of 2023 to apply again.

Sports Turf Canada

364 College Road East, Unit 2

Guelph, ON    N1G 3B9


Office Hours Tuesday to Friday 8:30 - 3:30

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