Operating since 1967, the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center has over five miles of hiking trails and serves approximately 18,000 people a year. The SMNHC is jointly operated by Albuquerque Public Schools and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. We provide a four hour ecology field experience to every fifth grader in APS and to many from the surrounding communities. In general, the SMNHC is not open to the public; however, the NMMNHS does provide periodic public programs on site.
The SMNHC staff consists of an eclectic blend of naturalists, biologists, historians, and public school teachers who all share a passion for the outdoors.
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.