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
Feb 3 @ 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
Feb 3 @ 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
Feb 3 @ 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
Feb 4 @ 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…
South Mountain 101 10:00 am
South Mountain 101
Feb 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Rotating specialists from the South Mountain community offer an array of learning opportunities with something new each week.
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Saturday Morning Stories 8:30 am
Saturday Morning Stories
Feb 10 @ 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
Feb 10 @ 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
Feb 10 @ 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
Feb 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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Desert Play Space 10:00 am
Desert Play Space
Feb 11 @ 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…
South Mountain 101 10:00 am
South Mountain 101
Feb 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Rotating specialists from the South Mountain community offer an array of learning opportunities with something new each week.
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Saturday Morning Stories 8:30 am
Saturday Morning Stories
Feb 17 @ 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
Feb 17 @ 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
Feb 17 @ 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
Feb 18 @ 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…
South Mountain 101 10:00 am
South Mountain 101
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Rotating specialists from the South Mountain community offer an array of learning opportunities with something new each week.
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Make & Take Fair 10:00 am
Make & Take Fair
Feb 21 @ 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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All About Light – What it is, and how we use it to investigate the universe 6:30 pm
All About Light – What it is, and how we use it to investigate the universe
Feb 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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Saturday Morning Stories 8:30 am
Saturday Morning Stories
Feb 24 @ 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
Feb 24 @ 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
Feb 24 @ 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
Feb 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…
Desert Play Space 10:00 am
Desert Play Space
Feb 25 @ 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…
South Mountain 101 10:00 am
South Mountain 101
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Rotating specialists from the South Mountain community offer an array of learning opportunities with something new each week.
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Moonlight Walks 7:30 pm
Moonlight Walks
Feb 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…