Public and Summer Programs

The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center is not open to the public except on advertised public days, 
and by prior arrangement for organized groups.

Read on for more information on how to visit us!

For additional information about our public programs or to schedule a special program for your group, please contact:
 Vanessa Barela at   or   (505) 281-5259.  

Stargazing and Hiking Night: April 18th

You can RSVP on our Facebook.  Be sure to check in case of cancellation due to weather the day of the event.

Trails open: 6-8pm
Stargazing: 8-9pm

 Limited Parking. Please carpool.

No pets allowed.

Hot chocolate available $1/cup.

Souvenirs available including: hats, t-shirts, stickers, and pocket naturalist guides. 



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