Public and Summer Programs

The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center is not generally open to the public.  However, we do open our gates to the general public on specific dates, and by arrangement for organized groups.

Read on for more information on how to visit us!

For additional information on our public and summer programs please contact:
 Paul Mauermann at  or (505) 281-5259.  

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Event themes of the past have included: Bioblitzes, Bears, Insects, Birding, Forestry, Nocturnal Animals, and Astronomy.  
You never know what we may do next!  


Summer Programs

Specialized programs are offered for home-school groups, scout groups, summer camps, community centers, and other organized groups of outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, primarily during the summer months. We can design a program for your group's specific interests or lead a general hike with our own mix of topics and activities. Programs typically include a moderate hike (1.5-2 mi.), exploration and activities in the ecosystem, and use of our facilities for a picnic lunch.  

Alternatively, your group can arrange for self-guided use of our trails and facilities.  This option allows use of the visitor center, picnic areas, 7 miles of trails, and bathrooms.

Both the guided and self-guided options require advance scheduling.


Guided: $5 per child/participant, minimum 10 people

Self-Guided: $1 per person, minimum $20

[Note: there is no charge to home-school groups.]

Potential Topics and Activities (tailored to your group):

Animals and tracking


Bug Hunt


Field research

Fire ecology

Fossil Hunt


"Leave No Trace" Hiking



Scavenger Hunt

Scout Badge

Sensory Activity

Tree identification