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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Closed Christmas Day
Closed Christmas Day
Jan 1 all-day
We are closed on Christmas day.
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:00 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Jan 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
These brief walks are designed to introduce you to our beautiful South Mountain here in the Sonoran Desert.  Offered every…
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Winter Break Outdoor Adventures 10:00 am
Winter Break Outdoor Adventures
Jan 3 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Bring your friends (and family!) to the Sonoran Desert this holiday season for extra happenings all day at the South…
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Winter Break Outdoor Adventures 10:00 am
Winter Break Outdoor Adventures
Jan 4 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Bring your friends (and family!) to the Sonoran Desert this holiday season for extra happenings all day at the South…
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Winter Break Outdoor Adventures 10:00 am
Winter Break Outdoor Adventures
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Bring your friends (and family!) to the Sonoran Desert this holiday season for extra happenings all day at the South…
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Saturday Morning Stories 8:30 am
Saturday Morning Stories
Jan 6 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am
Join us in the Dottie Gilbert Reading Room to enjoy our favorite desert stories. Recommended for ages 2 – 10.
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:00 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Jan 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
These brief walks are designed to introduce you to our beautiful South Mountain here in the Sonoran Desert.  Offered every…
Desert Play Space 10:00 am
Desert Play Space
Jan 6 @ 10:00 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 10:00 am
Desert Play Space
Jan 7 @ 10:00 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…
South Mountain 101 10:00 am
South Mountain 101
Jan 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Rotating specialists from the South Mountain community offer an array of learning opportunities with something new each week.
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Saturday Morning Stories 8:30 am
Saturday Morning Stories
Jan 13 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am
Join us in the Dottie Gilbert Reading Room to enjoy our favorite desert stories. Recommended for ages 2 – 10.
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:00 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Jan 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
These brief walks are designed to introduce you to our beautiful South Mountain here in the Sonoran Desert.  Offered every…
Desert Play Space 10:00 am
Desert Play Space
Jan 13 @ 10:00 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 Hikes 6:45 pm
Nature At Night Hikes
Jan 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 10:00 am
Desert Play Space
Jan 14 @ 10:00 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…
South Mountain 101 10:00 am
South Mountain 101
Jan 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Rotating specialists from the South Mountain community offer an array of learning opportunities with something new each week.
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Saturday Morning Stories 8:30 am
Saturday Morning Stories
Jan 20 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am
Join us in the Dottie Gilbert Reading Room to enjoy our favorite desert stories. Recommended for ages 2 – 10.
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:00 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
These brief walks are designed to introduce you to our beautiful South Mountain here in the Sonoran Desert.  Offered every…
Desert Play Space 10:00 am
Desert Play Space
Jan 20 @ 10:00 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…
Super Science Saturday 10:00 am
Super Science Saturday
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Drop in for hands-on investigations about science, technology and the natural world. Local specialists and scientists will explain their areas…
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Desert Play Space 10:00 am
Desert Play Space
Jan 21 @ 10:00 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…
South Mountain 101 10:00 am
South Mountain 101
Jan 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Rotating specialists from the South Mountain community offer an array of learning opportunities with something new each week.
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Introduction to Exploring the Night Sky – What’s all up there? 6:30 pm
Introduction to Exploring the Night Sky – What’s all up there?
Jan 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 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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Saturday Morning Stories 8:30 am
Saturday Morning Stories
Jan 27 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am
Join us in the Dottie Gilbert Reading Room to enjoy our favorite desert stories. Recommended for ages 2 – 10.
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:00 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
These brief walks are designed to introduce you to our beautiful South Mountain here in the Sonoran Desert.  Offered every…
Desert Play Space 10:00 am
Desert Play Space
Jan 27 @ 10:00 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…
Moonlight Walks 6:30 pm
Moonlight Walks
Jan 27 @ 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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Silent Sunday 5:00 am
Silent Sunday
Jan 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 10:00 am
Desert Play Space
Jan 28 @ 10:00 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…
South Mountain 101 10:00 am
South Mountain 101
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Rotating specialists from the South Mountain community offer an array of learning opportunities with something new each week.
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