Kids and family programs are an excellent way to connect with nature and have fun.  Below are our current programs:

Science and Stories

Wednesdays | 2 – 4:30 p.m.  | June 13 and 27, July 11 and 25 |

Join us for Sonoran Desert stories with hands-on nature and science activities all afternoon.  

FREE!  Drop-off care is available for $10 per child, ages 3+.

 

Movies at the Mountain

Wednesdays: 2 – 4:30 p.m. | Fridays: 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 6 and Friday, June 8:  Brother Bear

Wednesday, June 20 and Friday, June 22: Finding Dory

Wednesday, July 18 and Friday, July 20: Wall-E

Stop by for our favorite family-friendly films with fun activities in our air-conditioned events center.  Youth of all ages will be engaged with themed learning stations, before and after the film.

$5 admission per youth includes all activities and popcorn. Wednesday afternoon drop-off program is available for an additional $10 per child, ages 3+. Registration recommended to ensure space. 

Sonoran Science Extravaganza  

Fridays | June 15, July 13, August 24 | 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Experience the best of science, nature and art at South Mountain with local experts as our guests.  Enjoy guided walks along the Judith Tunell trail, interactive activity stations and more for both children and adults. The park gate will be open for entry until 8 p.m. for this special event.

FREE!

Park Ranger Explorations

Every Wednesday | Anytime between 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  

Our knowledgeable Park Rangers lead special programs each Wednesday evening for learners of all ages. With new topics each week, exploring the Sonoran Desert has never been more fun! Gates close at 7 p.m. 

 

Make & Take Fair

Saturdays | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. | June 30, July 28, August 18

Swing by South Mountain Environmental Education Center for exciting nature and science-based “make & take” activities and crafts. 

No registration required. Most items priced at just $1. Various free items included.

FREE for all ages!

‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks

Saturdays | 10 a.m.  – Noon, offered every half hour.

These brief walks for individuals or groups are designed to introduce you to our beautiful South Mountain here in the Sonoran Desert.

Free, but donations appreciated.

Hikes with Park Ranger Brian

$15 per person, $25 discounted registration for one adult and one child in concurrent South Mountain Jr. Explorers.

Leave the little ones with our trained educators and join Park Ranger Brian for an “adults-only” hike in the Sonoran Desert. Explore the beauty of South Mountain and learn the basics of desert hiking with an experienced Park Ranger as your guide. 

 

South Mountain 101

Sundays | 10 a.m. – Noon

Rotating specialists from the South Mountain community offer an array of learning opportunities with something new each week.
May 6: Phyllis Ralley, Field Journaling | May 20: Joy Bell, Wildlife of the Southwest | May 27: Young Marines of Arizona, Sonoran Desert

Free and open to the public, no registration required.

South Mountain Nuggets

Request specially scheduled learning sessions for your group’s visit to South Mountain, offered in increments of 20, 40, 60, 80 or 120-minutes – flexible for any kind of group get-together.

Topics extend across environmental and sustainability education topics and include options for indoor and outdoor activities and investigations. For more information or to schedule.

Pricing starts at $25, depending on group size, age, timeframe and location.

Nature at Night Walks

Experience and explore the desert at night, guided by all your senses and a Park Ranger! Track down scorpions and lichen with ultra violet lights, take notice of all of nature’s sounds, savor the flavors of the night with a half mile hike on a paved trail. Hikes start with a short activity to get you acclimated to the night.

Registration is recommended to ensure space.  $3 per person, all ages welcome


South Mountain Jr. Explorers

Outdoor adventures, hands-on science, crafts and desert stories await youth ages 3 – 12, allowing adults to explore the 60+ miles of trails at South Mountain on their own or through guided Hikes with Park Ranger Brian.

$15 per person, $25 discounted registration for one adult and one child in concurrent Hike with Park Ranger Brian.


Saturday Morning Stories

Every Saturday | 8:30 – 9 a.m.

Join us in the Dottie Gilbert Reading Room to enjoy our favorite desert stories. Recommended for ages 2–10.

Free and open to the public; no registration required.


Desert Play Space

Every Saturday and Sunday | All day

Release your imagination in our Nature Play Space. Items designed to stimulate movement, creativity and self directed learning are available amidst our courtyard and picnic area.

Free and open to the public; no registration required.

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Saturday Morning Stories 8:30 am
Saturday Morning Stories
May 5 @ 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
May 5 @ 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
May 5 @ 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…
Star Party 7:30 pm
Star Party
May 5 @ 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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Desert Play Space 10:00 am
Desert Play Space
May 6 @ 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
May 6 @ 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
May 12 @ 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
May 12 @ 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
May 12 @ 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
May 12 @ 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
May 13 @ 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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Jupiter – King of the Planets 6:30 pm
Jupiter – King of the Planets
May 18 @ 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
May 19 @ 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
May 19 @ 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
May 19 @ 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
May 20 @ 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
May 20 @ 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
May 23 @ 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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Saturday Morning Stories 8:30 am
Saturday Morning Stories
May 26 @ 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
May 26 @ 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
May 26 @ 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…
Moonlight Walks 7:30 pm
Moonlight Walks
May 26 @ 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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Silent Sunday 5:00 am
Silent Sunday
May 27 @ 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
May 27 @ 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
May 27 @ 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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