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Operating since 1967, the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center (SMNHC) serves approximately 14,000 people a year.  
Please Note: SMNHC trails, facilities, and parking lot are closed to public access except during special events or scheduled programs.  Visit our "Programs" tab to find out about public events or how to arrange a program with us.


The SMNHC staff consists of an eclectic blend of naturalists, biologists, historians, and public school teachers who all share a passion for the outdoors.  In addition to our full-time employees, we also maintain a dedicated volunteer base full of people with rich experiences and skills that further aid our mission.

Enjoy family field trips and fun days, and find classes for the little ones. Our Prehistoric Preschool and Young Explorer's Summer Camps have been crafted especially to help kids learn while having fun!

Find exciting classes, adventure-filled field trips, educational lectures and talks about new and hot topics in the scientific world.

Plan your trip to the museum by using our planning materials and assignments. Also use our outreach programs and kits to further museum education.

Find information about open house opportunities, as well as professional development workshops that are scheduled for the upcoming year.



This professional development workshop is intended for early childhood teachers.  

Instructor: Cirrelda Snider-Bryan, NMMNH&S Early Childhood Educator

Offer children opportunities to learn about parts of a flower, camouflage, predator/prey, and survival behavior in the real outdoors. "Hide a Butterfly" is a guided-discovery "Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS)" program from Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley.

$20, Cost includes a copy of the Hide a Butterfly GEMS curriculum for the first 20 registrants; the class is limited to 25 people.  Click here to register.  Questions?  Contact Cirrelda Snider-Bryan @ 841-2882 or by email:

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science reserves the right to cancel any event that does not reach a minimum of 6 participants.

The Museum offers a wide range of lesson plans, worksheets, guides, and curricula designed to be used in your classroom and during a visit to the museum.

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