Experience South Mountain in a whole new way, every time you visit! Our programs span all ages and so many interests, you’re sure to gain enjoyment and new insights on this special mountain in a special desert.

Program Types

Adults and Older Youth - In addition to visiting our exhibit space and Dottie Gilbert Reading Room, there are great opportunities for learning through our programs, activities and classes, such as Explore the Night Sky, Field Sketching, Birding, SM 101, and our Learning Lecture series.

Kids and Family – These programs offer fun and learning for all ages through a wide range of experiences, including stories, games, classes, adventure packs, and nighttime adventures!

Schools and Groups –Your school or group from small to large can come to South Mountain for special learning enrichment! Schedule time with our education staff for a field trip or our learning ‘nuggets’ programs, or grab an adventure pack for self-guided observations, investigations and fun!

See the great programs available through ACNC at the Phoenix Zoo

City of Phoenix Programming

In addition to classes and activities offered through Arizona Center for Nature Conservation, South Mountain Environmental Education Center proudly hosts programs offered through the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department. Check out their site for times and descriptions.

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Saturday Morning Stories 8:00 am
Saturday Morning Stories
Aug 5 @ 8:00 am – 8:45 am
Join us in the Dottie Gilbert Reading Room to enjoy our favorite desert stories. Ages 2 – 10
Summer Nights 6:30 pm
Summer Nights
Aug 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Summer Nights @ Phoenix | Arizona | United States
The family that learns together has a blast! On these special Saturday nights, join us for family-friendly fun and learning,…
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Solar Eclipse 101 6:30 pm
Solar Eclipse 101
Aug 18 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join us for an exhilarating presentation aboutthe upcoming astronomy event of the year:the Great American Solar Eclipse! Learn what it…
Solar Eclipse 101 6:30 pm
Solar Eclipse 101
Aug 18 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Solar Eclipse 101 @ Phoenix | Arizona | United States
Join us for an exhilarating presentation about the upcoming astronomy event of the year: the Great American Solar Eclipse! Learn…
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Explore the Night Sky 6:30 pm
Explore the Night Sky
Aug 25 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Learn about the universe through an interactive educational session, focusing each month on new astronomical topics of interest. Telescope viewing…
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Silent Sunday 5:00 am
Silent Sunday
Aug 27 @ 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…
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