Public Programs

Public Events

Forest Fiesta  

June 27th

9:00 am- 2:00 pm

The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center will be hosting a public event with hikes, demonstrations, 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.  Please check back for the full schedule of events.  

 

Public Open House

July 25

9:00-2:00

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 numerous geocaches, learn from three interpretive trails, and spend some time in the exhibit rooms and birding areas.  Guided hikes will begin at 10:00.

 


For more information on our Public Programs program please contact Chris Modelski at 505-281-5259 or chris.modelski@state.nm.us 
 

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.

Cost

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 chris.modelski@state.nm.us.

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

Leave No Trace Hiking
Birding
Wildflower identification
Geocaching
Bug hunts
Fire Ecology
Tracking
Tree identification