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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Star Party 7:30 pm
Star Party
Mar 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Star Party @ Phoenix | Arizona | United States
Celebrate the stars with night sky telescope viewings, petroglyph talks and short night walks! The entrance to South Mountain Park…
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Nature At Night Walks 6:45 pm
Nature At Night Walks
Mar 10 @ 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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All About Telescopes – from Humble to Hubble 6:30 pm
All About Telescopes – from Humble to Hubble
Mar 23 @ 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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Solar Saturday 10:00 am
Solar Saturday
Mar 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Solar Saturday @ Phoenix | Arizona | United States
Ring in the spring equinox with exciting solar viewing, hands-on science and sun safety activities for all ages to enjoy.…
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Silent Sunday 5:00 am
Silent Sunday
Mar 25 @ 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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Moonlight Walks 7:30 pm
Moonlight Walks
Mar 30 @ 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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