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 Afternoon Stories 1:00 pm
Saturday Afternoon Stories
Sep 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join us in the Dottie Gilbert Reading Room to enjoy our favorite desert stories. Recommended for ages 2-10.
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‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:30 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Sep 23 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Walks depart as groups gather anytime between 10:30 and 11:30. These brief walks are designed to introduce you to our beautiful…
Saturday Afternoon Stories 1:00 pm
Saturday Afternoon Stories
Sep 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join us in the Dottie Gilbert Reading Room to enjoy our favorite desert stories. Recommended for ages 2-10.
Visit with Petroglyph Specialist, Peter Krocek – includes book signing 3:00 pm
Visit with Petroglyph Specialist, Peter Krocek – includes book signing
Sep 23 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Rotating specialists from the South Mountain community offer an array of learning opportunities with something new each week.
South Mountain Star Party 6:30 pm
South Mountain Star Party
Sep 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
South Mountain Star Party @ Phoenix | Arizona | United States
South Mountain Star Party, 6:30 – 8 p.m. (Park entry gates close at 7 p.m.) Our local Astronomy Club brings…
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Silent Sunday 5:00 am
Silent Sunday
Sep 24 @ 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…
Family Fun – Public Lands Day 10:30 am
Family Fun – Public Lands Day
Sep 24 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
The City of Phoenix holds Family Fun Days at South Mountain Environmental Education Center each Silent Sunday, September through April.…
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Explore the Night Sky: The Sun 6:30 pm
Explore the Night Sky: The Sun
Sep 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Learn about the universe through an interactive educational session, focusing each month on new astronomical topics of interest. Telescope viewing…
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‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:30 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Sep 30 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Walks depart as groups gather anytime between 10:30 and 11:30. These brief walks are designed to introduce you to our beautiful…
Saturday Afternoon Stories 1:00 pm
Saturday Afternoon Stories
Sep 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join us in the Dottie Gilbert Reading Room to enjoy our favorite desert stories. Recommended for ages 2-10.
South Mountain 101 3:00 pm
South Mountain 101
Sep 30 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Rotating specialists from the South Mountain community offer an array of learning opportunities with something new each week.