Curriculum & Activities

The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center has a comprehensive suite of materials that will support and enhance your students' field experience.  Though it's preferable students are introduced to ecosystems in preparation for the program, much of the following may also be effectively utilized to build upon their experience afterward. 

  • The SMNHC Field Experience Activities is a group of several lessons that are done on the trail.  They may differ from group to group depending on the season and trail hiked. 
  • The Pre-Trip Kit was created by SMNHC staff specifically to prepare students for the program and is aligned to CCSS, NMSS, and NGSS.
  • The SMNHC Mini Curriculum is packed with great short and simple activities that will help your students become familiar with the content area, vocabulary, and concepts of ecosystems. 
  • Ecosystem Explorations is a more in-depth curriculum which fosters a deeper understanding of ecosystems. Ecosystem Explorations can be used before or after the SMNHC field experience.
  • Pre and Post-Trip Tests to test your students' knowledge before and after their day here.  English & Spanish versions available.