*We reserve the right to cancel up to 48 hours in advance of program if minimum number of participants is not met.*

Explore the Night Sky

Learn about the universe through an interactive educational session, focusing each month on new astronomical topics while younger learners are engaged in both indoor and outdoor activities.

Thursday, 9/27: What Can We See in the Universe?
Thursday, 10/25: Moons, Asteroids and Other Cosmic Leftovers
Thursday, 11/29: 3,527 Known Planets… And Counting

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Telescope viewing following, weather permitting

Registration recommended to ensure space. $6 per person, $15 groups of up to seven.


Nature at Night Walks

Saturday evenings: 10/13, 11/10

6:45 – 7:45 p.m.

Track down scorpions and lichen with ultraviolet lights, take notice of nature’s sounds and savor the beautiful evening with a half-mile walk on a paved trail. Come over starting at 6 p.m. for chats with our Park Rangers about a variety of South Mountain topics before the walk begins.

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


Fireside Chats

Wednesday evenings: 10/24, 11/7, 11/28
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Join our Park Rangers for fun and learning about South Mountain around the campfire.

No registration necessary. FREE! All ages welcome.


Moonlight Walks

Saturday evenings: 9/22, 11/23
6:45 – 8 p.m.  
Enjoy a family-friendly stroll along our half-mile Judith Tunell Trail by the light of the moon, featuring our South Mountain Storytellers and fun facts about the desert night! Come over starting at 6 p.m. for chats with our Park Rangers about a variety of South Mountain topics before the walk begins.

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


Star Party

Saturday, 11/24 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Learn more about the sky and wonder that surrounds us all through night sky telescope viewings and multimedia presentations about astronomy.

No registration required, donation of $5 per group suggested, all ages welcome. 


Desert Holes: What Dwells Below the Surface

Wednesday, 9/19 | 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Pinau Merlin, author of “A Field Guide to Desert Holes,” unravels the mysteries of life beneath the surface in this exciting presentation about a little-investigated phenomenon and subterranean desert dwellers. A guided walk to explore holes along the Judith Tunell trail will be offered to the first 20 participants who specify with their reservation.

Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Lecture begins at 5:40 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

FREE! RSVP to jgreenberg@phoenixzoo.org. 


Rattlesnakes of the Sonoran

Wednesday, 10/17 | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Rattlesnakes are an iconic, yet often misunderstood part of our Sonoran Desert landscape. Dispel myths and learn more about the science of snakes with experts from the Phoenix Zoo.

Recommended for ages 8 and up. FREE! 


South Mountain Jr. Explorers

Saturdays: 10/6, 10/20 | 9 a.m. – Noon
Outdoor adventures, crafts and desert stories await youth ages 3 – 8, allowing adults to explore the 60+ miles of trails at South Mountain on their own or through a Discovery Hike!
Registration recommended to ensure space.

Recommended for ages 3-8$15 per child, please provide a water bottle and snacks for each participant.


Discovery Hikes at South Mountain

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Join us for hikes led by our expert Park Rangers, each focused on a different topic and unique hiking experiences.  Learn more about what makes South Mountain such an amazing place while improving your hiking skills on the trail!

Saturday 9/22 | Ranger Dan Cooper: The Human History of South Mountain
Saturday 10/6 | Ranger Dan Cooper: South Mountain Over the Century
Saturday 10/20 | Ranger Brian Krauss: 10 Essentials for Hiking.

$5 per person 


Make & Take Market

Anytime between 10 a.m. and Noon
Saturdays: 9/22, 10/6, 10/20
Drop into South Mountain Environmental Education Center for a few fun, nature-based “make & take” activities and crafts.

No registration required.  Recommended for ages 3-12. $3 per child. 


Storytime at South Mountain

9:30 and 11 a.m.
Saturdays: 9/22, 10/6, 10/20
Sundays: 9/23, 10/7, 10/21
Join us in the Dottie Gilbert Reading Room to enjoy our favorite desert stories. Recommended for ages 2 – 10. 


Welcome to the Desert Walks

Every Saturday | 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. 


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.

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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Sep 1 @ 9:00 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 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Sep 2 @ 9:00 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 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Sep 8 @ 9:00 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
Sep 8 @ 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 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Sep 9 @ 9:00 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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Discovery Hikes 9:30 am
Discovery Hikes
Sep 12 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Join us for hikes led by our expert Park Rangers, each focused on a different topic…
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Star Party 7:00 pm
Star Party
Sep 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Celebrate the stars with night sky telescope viewings and multimedia presentations about astronomy. Learn more about the sky and wonder…
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Sep 15 @ 9:00 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 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Sep 16 @ 9:00 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 Holes: What Dwells Below the Surface 5:30 pm
Desert Holes: What Dwells Below the Surface
Sep 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Why don’t snakes make their own burrows? Why does a packrat gather and build a huge mound of debris? Pinau…
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Sep 22 @ 9:00 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…
Discovery Hikes 9:30 am
Discovery Hikes
Sep 22 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Join us for hikes led by our expert Park Rangers, each focused on a different topic…
Moonlight Walks 6:45 pm
Moonlight Walks
Sep 22 @ 6:45 pm – 8:00 pm
Enjoy a family-friendly stroll along our half-mile Judith Tunell Trail by the light of the full moon, featuring our South…
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Silent Sunday 5:00 am
Silent Sunday
Sep 23 @ 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 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Sep 23 @ 9:00 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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Explore the Night Sky 6:30 pm
Explore the Night Sky
Sep 27 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 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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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Sep 29 @ 9:00 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 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Sep 30 @ 9:00 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…