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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.

The museums and other educational institutions around the country are offering these resources while schools are closed because learning never stops! Here we have links to our Museum Educational Partners and their online offerings.

While the museum has restricted hours, enjoy these videos, experiments, and much more from your home.

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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