The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center is an environmental education center located in the Sandia Mountains just east of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Our beautiful 128-acre piece of pinon-juniper forest is owned by the Albuquerque Public Schools, and is jointly operated with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Since 1967 the center has been teaching the students of New Mexico about the environment and how to preserve it. The primary mission of the center and its staff is to educate the citizens of New Mexico about ecology, ecosystems, the environment and conservation. The Center was declared an Environmental Education Landmark by the National Park Service and was awarded the Environmental Excellence Award by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Center consists of:
The SMNHC serves about 17,000 people a year in a variety of different programs for school groups, as well as the general public. Our school programs are an exciting part of the SMNHC experience. In the "Ecology Field Program" students visit the center for a 4-hour program. During that time they go for a 2-hour hike and participate in hands-on activities focusing on ecosystems and interconnections within them.