Public Events and Programs

For more information on our Public Programs program please contact:
 Chris Modelski at 505-281-5259 or 

Public Events

Forest Fiesta  

June 27, 2015

9:00 am- 2:00 pm

We are hosting a public event with hikes, demonstrations, booths, and activities focusing on forestry.  Learn how to identify trees and plants, witness the positive effects of forest fires, and participate in a number of hands-on forestry activities and crafts.  See the flyer below for guided hike times.


Public Open House

July 25, 2015

9:00am- 2:00pm

The 128 acre environmental education center will open its gates from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm to give outdoor enthusiasts a chance to explore this hidden New Mexico gem.  Visitors will be able to hike over 5 miles of trails, search for geocaches, learn from three interpretive trails, and spend some time in the exhibit rooms and birding areas.  Guided hikes will begin at 10:00.



Summer Programs

The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center is not generally open to the public. However, specialized programs are offered for scout groups, summer camps, and other outdoor enthusiasts of all ages primarily during the summer months. We can design a program for your group's specific needs. Most of these programs include a hike, hands-on activities, and time for a picnic lunch.  Your group can also use the facilities at the SMNHC and do a self-guided hike on the property by yourselves.  This option allows use of the visitors center, picnic areas, trails, and bathrooms.  

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


Guided: $5 per student, minimum 10 students

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

Topics and activities that could take place on the hike include, but are not limited to:

Leave No Trace Hiking
Wildflower identification
Bug hunts
Fire Ecology
Tree identification

To schedule a program please contact Chris Modelski at (505) 281-5259 or