College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Institute of Applied Agriculture

Clubs and Organizations

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Get involved.

The University of Maryland has over 800 clubs and organizations to choose from. Clubs and organizations are a great way to make new friends and network within your industry. Additionally, volunteering for educational events at the IAA may serve as a way to earn extra course credit! Alumni are encouraged to volunteer at IAA events or mentor current students.

IAA students can participate in all university activities except NCAA athletic teams. To view a complete listing of clubs and organizations at UMD, visit Orgsync.

Student organizations within the IAA include:

Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS)

In 2010, IAA students founded the first-ever student chapter of PGMS in the country, under the DC-area branch. PGMS unites professional grounds managers and those who are interconnected with the grounds management industry. Learn the latest methods pertinent to grounds management and network with professionals from across the DC Metro area.

Interested students can visit the PGMS Student Chapter webpage, or contact Lecturer and Coordinator of Landscape Management and Ornamental Horticulture, Ken Ingram.

UMD Community Learning Garden

The UMD Community Learning Garden is located between the Eppley Recreation Center and the School of Public Health. Twice a week students meet and volunteer at the garden to learn about sustainable agriculture and connect with other students and the larger community. Volunteers also enjoy the benefits of the harvest.

Follow the UMD Community Learning Garden on Facebook, or contact Lecturer and Advisor of Sustainable Agriculture, Meredith Epstein.

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA)

In 1997, the IAA created an official student chapter of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). GCSAA is an international professional association dedicated to advancing golf course management through education and informational exchange. 

For details, contact Lecturer and Advisor of Turfgrass Management, Geoff Rinehart.

Collegiate Farm Bureau at Maryland

The Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter at UMD helps students gain a greater understanding of the Maryland Farm Bureau, and the important role students play in ensuring that campus and government officials are aware of the challenges facing agriculture. Members are encouraged to stay informed of agricultural issues, and develop as industry leaders. 

Learn more by contacting Lecturer and Advisor for Agricultural Business Management and Agricultural Leadership and Communication, Larisa Cioaca.

Find other ag-related clubs and organizations:

To learn more about ag-related clubs and organizations, check out AGNR's college-wide Clubs and Organizations page. To explore University-wide clubs and orgs, visit the Student Organization Resource Center (SORC) online or at the Stamp Student Union.

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