Optional Activities

optional activities/fundraisers

TPI 2016 International Education Conference & Field Day


Inspirational Breakfast:

Monday, Feburary 22nd - 7:15 am - 8:00 am

Rootin' Tootin' Clay Shootin'
The Lawn Institute Shooting Clay Tournament

Monday, February 22nd -  9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Clay Shooting
Support TLI and help fund research and scholarships for the turfgrass production industry! Replacing The Lawn Institute Memorial Golf Tournament, TLI is offering the Rootin' Tootin' Clay Shootin' Tournament in 2016. Teams will compete at different stations to determine who has the most accurate shot with awards for top performers.

Houston City Tour

Monday, February 22nd - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Houston City TourVisit the Houston sights during this fun and educational activity. You will be treated to a bus tour with occasional stops at area attractions, cultural hot spots and historical sights that make Houston special. Guides will bring history alive with entertaining stories and facts about the architecture, museums, landmarks, unique homes, historical monuments and much more. Highlights will include a view of many attractions in the heart of the city as well as a few hidden gems. Lunch will be served at the Armadillo Palace which features honky-tonk with flavorful Texas fare, old west museum decor and southern hospitality.


Bogey Nights at TopGolf

Wednesday, February 24th - 5:30 - 9:00 pm

Top Golf
Join us for a fun evening at Houston's TopGolf. Anyone can play TopGolf, from aspiring pros to those who've never walked 18 holes. All you have to do is swing a club and try to hit your microchipped balls into dartboard-like targets. It's competetive! Its fun! And its always better with a big group! Your participation fee includes: transportation to and from TopGolf, dinner, beverages, games and dancing. Recommeded for ages 5-85!


Fundraising proceeds go to support The Lawn Institute scholarships and turfgrass grants.

Gun Raffle

Tickets sold until February 24th - Winners will be pulled at Bogey Nights


FIVE FOR $100.00

Only 1,000 tickets are being sold! Enter for a chance to win one of the following guns (odds of winning depend on the number of tickets sold).

  • Browning Citori 725 Shot Gun
  • Remington 1100 Shot Gun
  • Benelli Nova 12-Gauge Pump
  • Henry Octagon Barrel - 45 Long Colt Repeating Rifle
  • Savage HRM 17 w/Scope & Accu Trigger
  • Ruger Vaquero 6" Barrel - Classic 6 Shooter
  • Bersa Thunder 380 Pistol - Pink Grips
  • Smith & Wesson M&P Sport 15 223/5.56
  • Smith & Wesson 44 Magnum - Classic Model
  • PSA M4 Style AR-15 with 30 rd clip


Brouwer Kesmac - Bucyrus Equipment Company, Inc.
Patten Seed/Super Sod - Pennington Seed, Inc.
Sod Solutions - Texas Sod Leasing
The Turfgrass Group - Trebro Manufacturing, Inc.
Turf Merchants, Inc.

Helicopter Tours 

Wednesday, February 24th - 2:00 - 3:30 pm


The Lawn Institute will be offering helicopter rides at the end of Field Day. Fly away into the wild blue yonder...for 8-10 minutes. Only 36 spots are available and groups of three will be able to ride with the pilot. Rides will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis for $150 per person, beginning at 9:30 am on February 24th at All Seasons Grass, Inc.

Sponsored by:
Willie & Gladys Gavranovic  Horizon Turf Grass

Bling out Your Cowboy Hat

Looking for a great team-building exercise? Or a new way to flex your creative muscles? Decorate one of the cowboy hats that TLI provides and put it on display at the TPI conference desk: you could win a free hotel room for up to two nights at the TPI 2017 International Education Conference & Field Day in Tampa, Florida!

Here's how to enter:

  1. Sponsor a hat*, supplied by TLI. TLI will have the hat shipped to you at least four weeks before the 2016 conference in Houston to decorate as you wish: farm or company logos, "bling", LED lights...let your creativity run wild.
  2. Bring the hat with you to the TPI International Education Conference & Field Day in Houston, Texas and desplay in the registration area.
  3. Encourage conference attendees to vote for your hat as the best in one of two categories: Most Creative Hat and Funniest Hat.
  4. Obtain the most votes and will a free hotel room for up to two nights at the TPI 2017 International Education Conference & Field Day in Tampa, Florida.

*Hats will be donated to TLI for auction following the contest. Each hat sponsorship is $350.

The Lawn Institute Supporter Ribbon

We know you support The Lawn Institute, now let everybody know!  Purchase a TLI "Proud Supporter" fundraising ribbon for only $20 to help demonstrate your generosity.

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