Happy 50th, Smith Mountain Lake!

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the formation of Smith Mountain Lake, The Skelton 4-H Center has partnered with educators throughout the area to bring you resources and worksheets to help teach to this monumental event.

The links below are organized by subject, then challenge level. There is also a set of helpful links at the bottom of the page, including downloadable photos taken throughout the history of the Smith Mountain Lake & Dam, historical sites around the lake, and even some anniversary celebrations and contests put on by the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Rayna Wheeler, our Outdoor Education Coordinator and editor of these links. 


ELEMENTARY: SML Chamber of Commerce Time Capsule Drawing/Art Contest


ELEMENTARY:   Writing Prompts | Researching & Organizing Information (Short Reports)
MIDDLE SCHOOL:  Writing Prompts | Smith Mountain Lake Brochure Project | "From Land to Lake" Article & Activity
HIGH SCHOOL:  "From Land to Lake" Article & Activity
MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL: SML Chamber of Commerce Time Capsule Writing Contest


ELEMENTARY: SML Vacation: Add & Subtract | SML Vacation: Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide


ELEMENTARY: As the River Flows | Can You Undo Water Pollution? | Trash Tracking Activity
                           Water Conservation Tips | Water Pollution Graphing | Watersheds
                           Who Needs Clean Water?
MIDDLE SCHOOL: Conservation of Water | Healthy Waters Crossword Puzzle | Virginia's Watersheds
                                 Water Conservation Tips | Water Quality | Water Testing | What's Up With Our Nation's Waters?
                                 Smith Mountain Lake Vegetation & Invasive Species Worksheet (Reference 1, Reference 2)
HIGH SCHOOL: Freshwater Food Chains | Topographic Maps | Water Conservation Tips
                            Smith Mountain Lake Vegetation & Invasive Species Worksheet (Reference 1Reference 2)

"Constructing a Dam" Project (STEM)

Elementary Project Prompt | Middle & High School Project Prompt


Helpful Links

Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce: http://www.visitsmithmountainlake.com/
Booker T. Washington National Monument: http://www.nps.gov/bowa/index.htm
SML Dam Visitor's Center: http://www.smithmtn.com/about/VisitorsCenter.aspx
Smith Mountain Project: http://www.smithmtn.com/Default.aspx
National D-Day Memorial: https://www.dday.org/
Smith Mountain Lake State Park: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/smith-mountain-lake.shtml#general_information