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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Park Ranger Explorations 5:00 pm
Park Ranger Explorations
Aug 1 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Our knowledgeable Park Rangers lead special programs each Wednesday evening for learners of all ages. With new topics each week,…
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Park Ranger Explorations 5:00 pm
Park Ranger Explorations
Aug 8 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Our knowledgeable Park Rangers lead special programs each Wednesday evening for learners of all ages. With new topics each week,…
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Park Ranger Explorations 5:00 pm
Park Ranger Explorations
Aug 15 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Our knowledgeable Park Rangers lead special programs each Wednesday evening for learners of all ages. With new topics each week,…
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South Mountain Petroglyphs: Art of Observation 6:30 pm
South Mountain Petroglyphs: Art of Observation
Aug 17 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join Peter Krocek, co-author of the definitive guide to petrogylphs at South Mountain, for an interactive lecture and photographs from…
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Make & Take Fair 9:00 am
Make & Take Fair
Aug 18 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Swing by South Mountain Environmental Education Center for exciting nature and science-based “make & take” activities and crafts.  No registration…
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Park Ranger Explorations 5:00 pm
Park Ranger Explorations
Aug 22 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Our knowledgeable Park Rangers lead special programs each Wednesday evening for learners of all ages. With new topics each week,…
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Sonoran Science Extravaganza! 6:30 pm
Sonoran Science Extravaganza!
Aug 24 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Experience the best of science, nature and art at South Mountain with local experts as our guests.  Enjoy guided walks…
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Silent Sunday 5:00 am
Silent Sunday
Aug 26 @ 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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Aug 29 all-day
 
Park Ranger Explorations 5:00 pm
Park Ranger Explorations
Aug 29 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Our knowledgeable Park Rangers lead special programs each Wednesday evening for learners of all ages. With new topics each week,…
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