*We reserve the right to cancel up to 48 hours in advance of program if minimum number of participants is not met.*

Explore the Night Sky

Learn about the universe through an interactive educational session, focusing each month on new astronomical topics while younger learners are engaged in both indoor and outdoor activities.

Thursday, 10/25: Moons, Asteroids and Other Cosmic Leftovers
Thursday, 11/29: 3,527 Known Planets… And Counting

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Telescope viewing following, weather permitting

Registration recommended to ensure space. $6 per person, $15 groups of up to seven.


Nature at Night Walks

Saturday evenings: 10/13, 11/10

6:45 – 7:45 p.m.

Track down scorpions and lichen with ultraviolet lights, take notice of nature’s sounds and savor the beautiful evening with a half-mile walk on a paved trail. Come over starting at 6 p.m. for chats with our Park Rangers about a variety of South Mountain topics before the walk begins.

Registration recommended to ensure space. $3 per person, all ages welcome. 


Fireside Chats

Wednesday evenings: 10/24, 11/7, 11/28
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Join our Park Rangers for fun and learning about South Mountain around the campfire.

No registration necessary. FREE! All ages welcome.


Moonlight Walks

Saturday evenings: 11/23
6:45 – 8 p.m.  
Enjoy a family-friendly stroll along our half-mile Judith Tunell Trail by the light of the moon, featuring our South Mountain Storytellers and fun facts about the desert night! Come over starting at 6 p.m. for chats with our Park Rangers about a variety of South Mountain topics before the walk begins.

Registration recommended to ensure space. $3 per person, all ages welcome. 


Star Party

Saturday, 11/24 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Learn more about the sky and wonder that surrounds us all through night sky telescope viewings and multimedia presentations about astronomy.

No registration required, donation of $5 per group suggested, all ages welcome. 


 

Rattlesnakes of the Sonoran

Wednesday, 10/17 | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Rattlesnakes are an iconic, yet often misunderstood part of our Sonoran Desert landscape. Dispel myths and learn more about the science of snakes with experts from the Phoenix Zoo.

Recommended for ages 8 and up. FREE! 


Discovery Hikes at South Mountain

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Join us for hikes led by our expert Park Rangers, each focused on a different topic and unique hiking experiences.  Learn more about what makes South Mountain such an amazing place while improving your hiking skills on the trail!

Saturday 10/20 | Ranger Brian Krauss: 10 Essentials for Hiking.

$5 per person 


Welcome to the Desert Walks

Every Saturday | 10 a.m. – Noon, offered every half-hour

These brief walks for individuals or groups are designed to introduce you to our beautiful South Mountain here in the Sonoran Desert. Free, but donations appreciated. 

 


Desert Play Space

Every Saturday and Sunday | All day

Release your imagination in our Nature Play Space. Items designed to stimulate movement, creativity and self-directed learning are available amidst our courtyard and picnic area.

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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Oct 6 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Release your imagination in our Nature Play Space. Items designed to stimulate movement, creativity and self-directed learning are available amidst…
Discovery Hikes 9:30 am
Discovery Hikes
Oct 6 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Join us for hikes led by our expert Park Rangers, each focused on a different topic…
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Oct 7 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Release your imagination in our Nature Play Space. Items designed to stimulate movement, creativity and self-directed learning are available amidst…
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Oct 13 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Release your imagination in our Nature Play Space. Items designed to stimulate movement, creativity and self-directed learning are available amidst…
Nature at Night Walks 6:45 pm
Nature at Night Walks
Oct 13 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Experience and explore the desert at night, guided by your senses and a Park Ranger! Track down scorpions and lichen…
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Oct 14 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Release your imagination in our Nature Play Space. Items designed to stimulate movement, creativity and self-directed learning are available amidst…
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Rattlesnakes of the Sonoran 6:30 pm
Rattlesnakes of the Sonoran
Oct 17 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Rattlesnakes are an iconic, yet often misunderstood, part of our Sonoran Desert landscape.  Dispel myths and learn more about the…
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Release your imagination in our Nature Play Space. Items designed to stimulate movement, creativity and self-directed learning are available amidst…
Discovery Hikes 9:30 am
Discovery Hikes
Oct 20 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Join us for hikes led by our expert Park Rangers, each focused on a different topic…
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Release your imagination in our Nature Play Space. Items designed to stimulate movement, creativity and self-directed learning are available amidst…
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Fireside Chats 6:30 pm
Fireside Chats
Oct 24 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join our Park Rangers for fun and learning about South Mountain around the campfire. Our beautiful landscape and desert sunsets are…
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Explore the Night Sky 6:30 pm
Explore the Night Sky
Oct 25 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Learn about the universe through an interactive educational session, focusing each month on new astronomical topics while younger learners are…
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Release your imagination in our Nature Play Space. Items designed to stimulate movement, creativity and self-directed learning are available amidst…
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Silent Sunday 5:00 am
Silent Sunday
Oct 28 @ 5:00 am – 7:00 pm
Cyclists, skate boarders, wheelchair users and stroller-riding tots can now call the roads of South Mountain Park their own one…
Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Oct 28 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Release your imagination in our Nature Play Space. Items designed to stimulate movement, creativity and self-directed learning are available amidst…
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