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

Super Science Saturday

January 20 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Drop in for hands-on investigations about science, technology and the natural world. Local specialists and scientists will explain their areas of expertise related to South Mountain. For learners of all ages. FREE!

Winter Break Outdoor Adventures

December 26 – 29,  January 3 – 5 | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Bring your friends (and family!) to the Sonoran Desert this holiday season for extra happenings all day at the South Mountain Environmental Education Center. For both locals and guests visiting from out of town, there is SO much to do in the desert!

 

• Welcome to the Desert Walks: guided walking tours each hour along the paved Judith Tunell Trail (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
• Desert Play Space: open all day!
• Facilitated Adventure Packs: various activities throughout the day covering topics like birding, reptiles and cacti along with fun outdoor games

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

Moonlight Walks

December 30, January 27, February 28, March 30 |  6:30 – 8 p.m.

Enjoy a family-friendly stroll along our half-mile Judith Tunell Trail by the light of full moon. Learn about the Sonoran Desert at night with our storytellers and our trained educators!

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

South Mountain 101

Every Saturday

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

January – March | Between 10 a.m. and noon 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

January – March | Between 10 a.m. and noon on the half hour.

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

Recommended donation $2, $5 for small groups

Saturday Afternoon Stories

Every Saturday September – December | 1 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 – March | 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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Closed Christmas Day
Closed Christmas Day
Jan 1 all-day
We are closed on Christmas day.
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:00 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Jan 1 @ 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…
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Winter Break Outdoor Adventures 10:00 am
Winter Break Outdoor Adventures
Jan 3 @ 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
Jan 4 @ 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
Jan 5 @ 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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Saturday Morning Stories 8:30 am
Saturday Morning Stories
Jan 6 @ 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
Jan 6 @ 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
Jan 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…
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Desert Play Space 10:00 am
Desert Play Space
Jan 7 @ 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
Jan 7 @ 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
Jan 13 @ 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
Jan 13 @ 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
Jan 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…
Nature At Night Hikes 6:45 pm
Nature At Night Hikes
Jan 13 @ 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
Jan 14 @ 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
Jan 14 @ 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
Jan 20 @ 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
Jan 20 @ 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
Jan 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…
Super Science Saturday 10:00 am
Super Science Saturday
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Drop in for hands-on investigations about science, technology and the natural world. Local specialists and scientists will explain their areas…
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Desert Play Space 10:00 am
Desert Play Space
Jan 21 @ 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
Jan 21 @ 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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Introduction to Exploring the Night Sky – What’s all up there? 6:30 pm
Introduction to Exploring the Night Sky – What’s all up there?
Jan 26 @ 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
Jan 27 @ 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
Jan 27 @ 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
Jan 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…
Moonlight Walks 6:30 pm
Moonlight Walks
Jan 27 @ 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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Silent Sunday 5:00 am
Silent Sunday
Jan 28 @ 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
Jan 28 @ 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
Jan 28 @ 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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