About the SMLA Environmental Education ProgramEncouraging the community to protect our environment
About SMLA Environmental Education Program
SMLA through the Environmental Education Committee provides environmental education to the Smith Mountain Lake community to encourage protection and improvement of the environment in and around the Roanoke Valley Watershed
SMLA Environmental Education CommitteeWho we are and what we do!
SMLA Environmental Education Committee
The SMLA Environmental Education Committee is comprised of members of SMLA and local educators who are concerned about the environment of our lake community. Many are members of the Virginia Master Naturalists and Virginia Master Gardeners.
We provide environmental education to both children and adults in the lake area. Our members volunteer at the Claytor Nature Center in Bedford to teach children about the importance of water quality and its affect on the environment in the Roanoke Valley Watershed. We host a variety of educational nature talks to the public. We visit local schools and other local organizations. We support Earth Day activities. We support environmental activities at the Smith Mountain Lake State Park as well as Booker T. Washington National Monument.
Adult Education ProgramTraining our residents
SMLA Adult Environmental Education Program
Knowledge of important environmental issues is vital to the preservation and improvement of the beautiful environment that we currently enjoy at Smith Mountain Lake and the surrounding area. These issues include water quality, invasive plant and animal species, species extinction, water runoff/erosion control and effects of climate change. It will help us be better stewards of our environment by providing education for a general knowledge and appreciation of nature to our citizens.
Youth Education ProgramTraining the next generation
SMLA Youth Environmental Education Program
Our youth are our future. It is our responsibility to insure that they understand and appreciate the wonderful world of nature that we enjoy at beautiful Smith Mountain Lake and the surrounding area. By teaching our youth about nature and how it interacts with us on a daily basis we will preserve this for future generations. It is our legacy.