Operating since 1967, the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center (SMNHC) has over five miles of hiking trails and serves approximately 18,000 people a year. The SMNHC is jointly operated by Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS). We provide an ecology field experience to every fifth grader in APS, to many from the surrounding communities, and to schools throughout the state.
Usually, the SMNHC is not open to the public; however, we do host public programs on site periodically. See our "Programs" tab or our Facebook page for upcoming events.
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 careers 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.