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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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+…
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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+…
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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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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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…
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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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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+…
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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