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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Desert Play Space 10:00 am
Desert Play Space
Apr 1 @ 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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Saturday Morning Stories 8:30 am
Saturday Morning Stories
Apr 7 @ 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.
South Mountain Jr. Explorers 8:30 am
South Mountain Jr. Explorers
Apr 7 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Outdoor adventures, hands-on science, crafts and desert stories await youth ages 3 – 12, allowing adults to explore the 60+…
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:00 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Apr 7 @ 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
Apr 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…
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Desert Play Space 10:00 am
Desert Play Space
Apr 8 @ 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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Saturday Morning Stories 8:30 am
Saturday Morning Stories
Apr 14 @ 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.
South Mountain Jr. Explorers 8:30 am
South Mountain Jr. Explorers
Apr 14 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Outdoor adventures, hands-on science, crafts and desert stories await youth ages 3 – 12, allowing adults to explore the 60+…
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:00 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Apr 14 @ 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
Apr 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…
Nature At Night Walks 6:45 pm
Nature At Night Walks
Apr 14 @ 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
Apr 15 @ 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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The Moon – Let’s Go There 6:30 pm
The Moon – Let’s Go There
Apr 20 @ 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
Apr 21 @ 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
Apr 21 @ 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
Apr 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…
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Silent Sunday 5:00 am
Silent Sunday
Apr 22 @ 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
Apr 22 @ 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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Make & Take Fair 10:00 am
Make & Take Fair
Apr 25 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Swing by South Mountain Environmental Education Center for exciting, nature-based “make & take” activities and crafts – perfect for preschool…
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Saturday Morning Stories 8:30 am
Saturday Morning Stories
Apr 28 @ 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.
South Mountain Jr. Explorers 8:30 am
South Mountain Jr. Explorers
Apr 28 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Outdoor adventures, hands-on science, crafts and desert stories await youth ages 3 – 12, allowing adults to explore the 60+…
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:00 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Apr 28 @ 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
Apr 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…
Moonlight Walks 7:30 pm
Moonlight Walks
Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 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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Desert Play Space 10:00 am
Desert Play Space
Apr 29 @ 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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