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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Saturday Morning Stories 8:30 am
Saturday Morning Stories
Dec 1 @ 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
Dec 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…
Desert Play Space 10:00 am
Desert Play Space
Dec 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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Desert Play Space 10:00 am
Desert Play Space
Dec 2 @ 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
Dec 8 @ 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
Dec 8 @ 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
Dec 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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Desert Play Space 10:00 am
Desert Play Space
Dec 9 @ 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
Dec 15 @ 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
Dec 15 @ 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
Dec 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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Desert Play Space 10:00 am
Desert Play Space
Dec 16 @ 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
Dec 22 @ 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
Dec 22 @ 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
Dec 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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Silent Sunday 5:00 am
Silent Sunday
Dec 23 @ 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
Dec 23 @ 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
Dec 29 @ 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
Dec 29 @ 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
Dec 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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Desert Play Space 10:00 am
Desert Play Space
Dec 30 @ 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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