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Public and Summer Programs
The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center is not open to the public except on special public days,
and by arrangement for organized groups.

Read on for more information on how to visit us!

For additional information on our public and summer programs please contact:
 Paul Mauermann at  or (505) 281-5259.  


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Event themes of the past have included: Bioblitzes, Bears, Insects, Birding, Forestry, Nocturnal Animals, and Astronomy.  
You never know what we may do next!  


Summer Programs

Specialized programs are offered for home-school groups, scout groups, summer camps, community centers, and other organized groups of outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, primarily during the summer months. We can design a program for your group's specific interests or lead a general hike with our own mix of topics and activities. Programs typically include a moderate hike (1.5-2 mi.), exploration and activities in the ecosystem, and use of our facilities for a picnic lunch.  

Alternatively, your group can arrange for self-guided use of our trails and facilities.  This option allows use of the visitor center, picnic areas, 7 miles of trails, and bathrooms.

Both the guided and self-guided options require advance scheduling.



Guided: $5 per child/participant, minimum 10 people

Self-Guided: $1 per person, minimum $20

[Note: there is no charge to home-school groups.]


Potential Topics and Activities (tailored to your group):
Animals and tracking


Bug Hunt


Field research

Fire ecology

Fossil Hunt


"Leave No Trace" Hiking



Scavenger Hunt

Scout Badge

Sensory Activity

Tree identification



Operating since 1967, the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center (SMNHC) serves approximately 14,000 people a year.  
Please Note: SMNHC trails, facilities, and parking lot are closed to public access except during special events or scheduled programs.  Visit our "Programs" tab to find out about public events or how to arrange a program with us.


The SMNHC staff consists of an eclectic blend of naturalists, biologists, historians, and public school teachers who all share a passion for the outdoors.  In addition to our full-time employees, we also maintain a dedicated volunteer base full of people with rich experiences and skills that further aid our mission.
Interested in bringing your group or class to the museum? The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science offers a group discount to groups of 10 or more. Journey through billions of years of New Mexico's natural history, from the formation of the universe to the present day or catch a show in the DynaTheater, a five-story 3D giant screen theater complete with digital surround sound. Also, don't forget to take a journey through the cosmos in our 50-foot domed Planetarium! Groups get a 25% discount off of Museum admission rates. Fill out this form and our school group registration staff will get back to you as soon as possible.

Enjoy family field trips and fun days, and find classes for the little ones. Our Prehistoric Preschool and Young Explorer's Summer Camps have been crafted especially to help kids learn while having fun!

Find exciting classes, adventure-filled field trips, educational lectures and talks about new and hot topics in the scientific world.

Plan your trip to the museum by using our planning materials and assignments. Also use our outreach programs and kits to further museum education.

The Museum offers a wide range of lesson plans, worksheets, guides, and curricula designed to be used in your classroom and during a visit to the museum.

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