About


Operating since 1967, the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center (SMNHC) serves approximately 14,000 people a year.  Click the link to learn more about what we do and the resources we have to offer.

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.




There are many ways to improve the students' experience at the SMNHC including volunteering time as an educator or trail crew member, or making a donation toward programming and facilities.






The SMNHC has over 5 miles of trails taking you through habitats ranging from meadow to a fir forest.









Do you know how the SMNHC came to be?  Or about how this land was used long before an environmental education center was established here?  Read this interesting and comprehensive history written by volunteer Michael Cox.








The companies and organizations that help fund what we do.