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.


View Programs & Activities Through City of Phoenix

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Moonlight Walks 6:30 pm
Moonlight Walks
Nov 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Enjoy a family-friendly stroll along our half-mile Judith Tunell Trail by the light of full moon. Learn about the Sonoran…
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Saturday Afternoon Stories 1:00 pm
Saturday Afternoon Stories
Nov 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join us in the Dottie Gilbert Reading Room to enjoy our favorite desert stories. Recommended for ages 2-10.
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Introduction to Hiking in the Sonoran Desert 1:00 pm
Introduction to Hiking in the Sonoran Desert
Nov 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Learn about the endless enjoyment of hiking in our beautiful Sonoran Desert! Included in this 3 day course: Leave No…
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South Mountain Learning Lecture – Tuul Sepp: How Urbanization Affects Birds 6:30 pm
South Mountain Learning Lecture – Tuul Sepp: How Urbanization Affects Birds
Nov 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
These classes, designed for learners ages 12 and up, bring expert guest lecturers to the Center for focused study combined…
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Saturday Afternoon Stories 1:00 pm
Saturday Afternoon Stories
Nov 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join us in the Dottie Gilbert Reading Room to enjoy our favorite desert stories. Recommended for ages 2-10.
Nature At Night Hikes 6:45 pm
Nature At Night Hikes
Nov 11 @ 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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Explore the Night Sky: Meteors and Asteroids 6:30 pm
Explore the Night Sky: Meteors and Asteroids
Nov 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 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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Saturday Afternoon Stories 1:00 pm
Saturday Afternoon Stories
Nov 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join us in the Dottie Gilbert Reading Room to enjoy our favorite desert stories. Recommended for ages 2-10.
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South Mountain Star Party 6:30 pm
South Mountain Star Party
Nov 24 @ 6:30 pm – Nov 25 @ 8:00 pm
South Mountain Star Party @ South Mountain Environmental Education Center | Phoenix | Arizona | United States
A fun way to learn about the night sky! Enjoy trying a variety of telescopes provided by Saguaro Astronomy Club…
#OptOutside Day 10:00 am
#OptOutside Day
Nov 24 @ 10:00 am – 8:30 pm
#OptOutside Day @ South Mountain Environmental Education Center | Phoenix | Arizona | United States
Friday, November 24 | 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. “#OptOutside” and make South Mountain your Black Friday destination! Join us…
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South Mountain 101 10:00 am
South Mountain 101
Nov 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Rotating specialists from the South Mountain community offer an array of learning opportunities with something new each week.
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:30 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Nov 25 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Walks depart as groups gather anytime between 10:30 and 11:30. These brief walks are designed to introduce you to our beautiful…
Saturday Afternoon Stories 1:00 pm
Saturday Afternoon Stories
Nov 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join us in the Dottie Gilbert Reading Room to enjoy our favorite desert stories. Recommended for ages 2-10.
South Mountain 101 3:00 pm
South Mountain 101
Nov 25 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Rotating specialists from the South Mountain community offer an array of learning opportunities with something new each week.
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Silent Sunday 5:00 am
Silent Sunday
Nov 26 @ 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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