Public Programs

Public Events

Star Gazing in the Sandias

March 25th  8:00 pm-9:30 pm

The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center will be hosting an evening of star gazing .  The Space Science Department from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and Albuquerque Astronomical Society will set up telescopes for night sky viewing.  Experts will be on hand to interpret the sky and answer any questions.  (This program is weather dependent.)

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

Summer Programs

The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center is not open to the public, however, during the summer months specialized programs are offered for scout groups, summer camps, and other outdoor enthusiasts. The SMNHC can design a program for your groups 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.  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

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

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