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

South Mountain Star Party

Friday, November 24 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

A fun way to learn about the night sky! Enjoy trying a variety of telescopes provided by Saguaro Astronomy Club and Arizona Star Tales. (Must be inside SMEEC before park gate closes at 7 p.m.)

Telescopes provided by the Phoenix Astronomical Society

#OptOutside at South Mountain

Friday, November 24 | 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

“#OptOutside” and make South Mountain your Black Friday destination! Join us for family-friendly activities all day long, including:

- Welcome to the Desert: guided walking tours each hour along the paved Judith Tunnel Trail (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
- Desert Play Space: items designed to stimulate exploration, movement and self-directed learning at our outdoor nature play area
- Facilitated Adventure Pack: various activities throughout the day covering topics like birding, reptiles and cacti along with super fun outdoor games
- Join us afterwards for our Star Party!  Learn about the night sky through a telescope viewing with local experts!

Nature at Night Hikes

2nd Saturday of the month October – March | 6:45 – 7:45 p.m.

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.  Register

Full Moon Walks

Thursday, October 5 | Friday, November 3 | Saturday, December 2  |  6:30 – 8 p.m.

Enjoy a stroll along our half-mile, side-walked Judith Tunell Trail by the light of the full moon. Hear stories and learn about our Sonoran Desert at night!

Registration recommended to ensure space.  Register

South Mountain Aglow

Friday, December 22 | 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

We light up the darkest night of the year with our beautiful luminaria walk along our Judith Tunell sidewalk trail, with artwork and performances by local artists and youth.

FREE for all ages!  No registration required.

For more information, including sponsorship oppotunities

South Mountain 101

Every Saturday September – December | Between 3 and 6 p.m. as available

Rotating specialists from the South Mountain community offer an array of learning opportunities with something new each week.

The following activity is free and open to the public, no registration required.

Welcome to the Desert Walks

Every Saturday September – December | Anytime between 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. as groups gather

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

The following activity is free and open to the public, no registration required.

Saturday Afternoon Stories

Every Saturday September – December | 1 û 2 p.m.

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

The following activity is free and open to the public, no registration required.

Desert Play Space

Every Saturday September – December | All day

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

The following activity is free and open to the public, no registration required.

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Full Moon Story and Stroll 6:30 pm
Full Moon Story and Stroll
Nov 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Enjoy a stroll along our half-mile, side-walked Judith Tunell Trail by the light of the full moon. Hear stories and…
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‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:30 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Nov 4 @ 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
Nov 4 @ 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
Nov 4 @ 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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Introduction to Hiking in the Sonoran Desert 1:00 pm
Introduction to Hiking in the Sonoran Desert
Nov 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Learn about the endless enjoyment of hiking in our beautiful Sonoran Desert! Included in this 3 day course: Leave No…
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‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:30 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Nov 11 @ 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
Nov 11 @ 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
Nov 11 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Rotating specialists from the South Mountain community offer an array of learning opportunities with something new each week.
Nature At Night Walks 6:45 pm
Nature At Night Walks
Nov 11 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
 
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Explore the Night Sky: Meteors and Asteroids 6:30 pm
Explore the Night Sky: Meteors and Asteroids
Nov 17 @ 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
Nov 18 @ 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
Nov 18 @ 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
Nov 18 @ 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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‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:30 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Nov 25 @ 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
Nov 25 @ 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
Nov 25 @ 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
Nov 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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