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 101 10:00 am
South Mountain 101
Dec 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Rotating specialists from the South Mountain community offer an array of learning opportunities with something new each week.
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:30 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Dec 2 @ 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
Dec 2 @ 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
Dec 2 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Rotating specialists from the South Mountain community offer an array of learning opportunities with something new each week.
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South Mountain 101 10:00 am
South Mountain 101
Dec 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Rotating specialists from the South Mountain community offer an array of learning opportunities with something new each week.
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:30 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Dec 9 @ 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
Dec 9 @ 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
Dec 9 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Rotating specialists from the South Mountain community offer an array of learning opportunities with something new each week.
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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…
South Mountain 101 10:00 am
South Mountain 101
Dec 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Rotating specialists from the South Mountain community offer an array of learning opportunities with something new each week.
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:30 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Dec 16 @ 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
Dec 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.
South Mountain 101 3:00 pm
South Mountain 101
Dec 16 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Rotating specialists from the South Mountain community offer an array of learning opportunities with something new each week.
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Silent Sunday 5:00 am
Silent Sunday
Dec 17 @ 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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South Mountain Aglow presented by South Mountain Chamber of Commerce 5:30 pm
South Mountain Aglow presented by South Mountain Chamber of Commerce
Dec 22 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
South Mountain Aglow presented by South Mountain Chamber of Commerce @ South Mountain Environmental Education Center | Phoenix | Arizona | United States
We light up the darkest night of the year, the Winter Solstice, with a beautiful half-mile, luminaria walk along our…
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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…
South Mountain 101 10:00 am
South Mountain 101
Dec 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Rotating specialists from the South Mountain community offer an array of learning opportunities with something new each week.
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:30 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Dec 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
Dec 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.
South Mountain 101 3:00 pm
South Mountain 101
Dec 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.
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Holiday Hours 10:00 am
Holiday Hours
Dec 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
 
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Winter Break Outdoor Adventures 10:00 am
Winter Break Outdoor Adventures
Dec 26 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Bring your friends (and family!) to the Sonoran Desert this holiday season for extra happenings all day at the South…
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Winter Break Outdoor Adventures 10:00 am
Winter Break Outdoor Adventures
Dec 27 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Bring your friends (and family!) to the Sonoran Desert this holiday season for extra happenings all day at the South…
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Winter Break Outdoor Adventures 10:00 am
Winter Break Outdoor Adventures
Dec 28 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Bring your friends (and family!) to the Sonoran Desert this holiday season for extra happenings all day at the South…
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Winter Break Outdoor Adventures 10:00 am
Winter Break Outdoor Adventures
Dec 29 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Bring your friends (and family!) to the Sonoran Desert this holiday season for extra happenings all day at the South…
Explore the Night Sky: Pluto – Planet or Not? 6:30 pm
Explore the Night Sky: Pluto – Planet or Not?
Dec 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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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…
South Mountain 101 10:00 am
South Mountain 101
Dec 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Rotating specialists from the South Mountain community offer an array of learning opportunities with something new each week.
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:30 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Dec 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
Dec 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
Dec 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.
Moonlight Walks 6:30 pm
Moonlight Walks
Dec 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 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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Desert Play Space 10:00 am
Desert Play Space
Dec 31 @ 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…