Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park
Monday, June 24, 2024

2024 Winter Lecture Series

Return of The Winter Lecture Series
The series will consist of four lectures held on the first Sunday of each month, beginning in January and ending in April. Each program lecture is from 3-4 pm at the Discovery Center, located at the end of  Interpretive Trail Road. For more information call Smith Mountain Lake State Park at 540.297.6066.
The cost for each lecture is $10 or $30 for all 4. Members of FOSMLSPF cost $8 or $24.
Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of SMLSP.
The Friends of
Smith Mountain Lake State Park
 January 7, 2024

Virginia Flying Squirrels by Dr. Todd Fredericksen


Dr. Fredericksen is the Associate Professor of Forestry and Wildlife Management at Ferrum College. He will be presenting the habitats and roles they play in the continuation of forests of the Southern Flying Squirrel and endangered Northern Flying Squirrel.

February 4, 2024

Viola Ruffner & B.T. Washington by Sheridan Brown

Sheridan Brown is the author of The Viola Factor and an interpreter at Booker T. Washington National Monument.

March 3, 2024

 The Changing Climate by Michael Bentley

  Dr. Bentley has followed the environment change since 1970. He's authored 26 books, directed the Science Institure for Teachers at Hollins College, has taught at all levels, and received his Doctorate in Science and Environmental Education at UVA.


March 17, 2024

free admission

Movie - Clear Day Thunder - Rescuing the American Chestnut

At the turn of the 20th century, a deadly blight accidentally imported into the U.S. from Asia devastated the American Chestnut. Within a span of only two generations, the tree was nearly extinct. This new documentary film tells the story of passionate citizen scientists and researchers working to restore this ecologically and economically important species, during this pivotal moment.

April 7, 2024

 The Amazing Life of Bees by Ann Zudekoff 

  Ann Zudekoff is a Certified Master Bee Keeper and member of the Piedmont Beekeepers Association; discussing the very interesting life cycle of bees in an active hive.