*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, 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.


#OptOutside

Friday, 11/23 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | South Mountain Science!

  • Join herpetologist Bryan Hughes to learn about the misunderstood life of rattlesnakes. Learn the real story and how to stay safe sharing the desert with these amazing creatures.
  • Explore the fascinating rocks and minerals of Arizona with geologist Catie Carter from the University of Arizona.
  • Discover how water shapes the Arizona landscape with hands-on activities from Project WET!

2 – 6 p.m. | Biofact Discoveries

Learn about the fascinating plants and animals of the desert and their strategies for survival with hands-on investigation of animal artifacts. 

6 – 6:45 p.m. | Park Ranger Explorations
6:45 – 8 p.m. | Moonlight Walk


Bugs are Everywhere!

Thursday, 12/13 | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Did you know Arizona has more native pollinators than any other state?  Or the Palo Verde beetle never eats once it emerges from the soil?  Learn more about the incredible diversity of bugs of all shapes and sizes from our experienced Phoenix Zoo zookeepers, and meet a few live bugs up-close!

Registration recommended to ensure space. Recommended for ages 8 and up. FREE!


South Mountain AGLOW

Saturday, 12/22

5:30 – 9:00 p.m.

We light up the darkest night of the year, the Winter Solstice, with a beautiful half-mile, luminaria walk

along our Judith Tunell sidewalk trail, featuring artwork from local youth, with entertainers, food trucks, and a vendor market for last minute gifts!

FREE for all ages! 


Nature at Night Walks

Saturday evening: 12/8

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: 11/28, 12/15
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

Friday evenings: 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. 


South Mountain Petroglyphs: Art of Observation

Thursdays, 11/15, 12/6, 1/17, 2/21, 3/21, 4/18 | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Join Peter Krocek, co-author of the definitive guide to petrogylphs at South Mountain, for an interactive lecture and photographs from his decades exploring these remnants of Hohokam culture at South
Mountain Park.

Registration recommended to ensure space. $3 per person, recommended for ages 10 and up.


Discovery Hikes at South Mountain

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Saturday 12/8| Ranger Dan Cooper: The Human History of South Mountain
Saturday 12/29 | Ranger Dan Cooper: South Mountain Over the Century
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!

$5 per person 


Welcome to the Desert Walks

Every Saturday | 10 a.m. – Noon, offered every half-hour
Winter Break | 1/2, 1/3, 1/4

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
Nov 3 @ 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…
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:00 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Nov 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Every Saturday | 10 a.m. – Noon, offered every half-hour Winter Break | 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 These brief walks for…
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Nov 4 @ 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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Fireside Chats 6:30 pm
Fireside Chats
Nov 7 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join our Park Rangers for fun and learning about South Mountain around the campfire. Our beautiful landscape and desert sunsets are…
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Nov 10 @ 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…
Make & Take Fair 9:00 am
Make & Take Fair
Nov 10 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Drop into South Mountain Environmental Education Center for a few fun, nature-based “make & take” activities and crafts. No registration…
Storytime at South Mountain 9:30 am
Storytime at South Mountain
Nov 10 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
9:30 and 11 a.m. Saturdays: 11/10, 11/24, 12/8, 12/29 Sundays: 11/11, 11/25, 12/9, 12/30 Winter Break: 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 Join…
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:00 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Nov 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Every Saturday | 10 a.m. – Noon, offered every half-hour Winter Break | 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 These brief walks for…
Nature at Night Walks 6:45 pm
Nature at Night Walks
Nov 10 @ 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
Nov 11 @ 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…
Make & Take Fair 9:00 am
Make & Take Fair
Nov 11 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Drop into South Mountain Environmental Education Center for a few fun, nature-based “make & take” activities and crafts. No registration…
Storytime at South Mountain 9:30 am
Storytime at South Mountain
Nov 11 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
9:30 and 11 a.m. Saturdays: 11/10, 11/24, 12/8, 12/29 Sundays: 11/11, 11/25, 12/9, 12/30 Winter Break: 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 Join…
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South Mountain Petroglyphs: Art of Observation 6:30 pm
South Mountain Petroglyphs: Art of Observation
Nov 15 @ 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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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Nov 17 @ 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…
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:00 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Nov 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Every Saturday | 10 a.m. – Noon, offered every half-hour Winter Break | 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 These brief walks for…
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Nov 18 @ 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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#OptOutside Day 10:00 am
#OptOutside Day
Nov 23 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
#OptOutside Day @ South Mountain Environmental Education Center | Phoenix | Arizona | United States
Friday, 11/23 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | South Mountain Science! Join herpetologist Bryan Hughes to learn about the misunderstood…
Moonlight Walks 6:45 pm
Moonlight Walks
Nov 23 @ 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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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Nov 24 @ 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…
Make & Take Fair 9:00 am
Make & Take Fair
Nov 24 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Drop into South Mountain Environmental Education Center for a few fun, nature-based “make & take” activities and crafts. No registration…
Storytime at South Mountain 9:30 am
Storytime at South Mountain
Nov 24 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
9:30 and 11 a.m. Saturdays: 11/10, 11/24, 12/8, 12/29 Sundays: 11/11, 11/25, 12/9, 12/30 Winter Break: 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 Join…
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:00 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Nov 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Every Saturday | 10 a.m. – Noon, offered every half-hour Winter Break | 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 These brief walks for…
Star Party 6:00 pm
Star Party
Nov 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Celebrate the stars with night sky telescope viewings and multimedia presentations about astronomy. Learn more about the sky and wonder…
Star Party 6:30 pm
Star Party
Nov 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 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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Silent Sunday 5:00 am
Silent Sunday
Nov 25 @ 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
Nov 25 @ 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…
Make & Take Fair 9:00 am
Make & Take Fair
Nov 25 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Drop into South Mountain Environmental Education Center for a few fun, nature-based “make & take” activities and crafts. No registration…
Storytime at South Mountain 9:30 am
Storytime at South Mountain
Nov 25 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
9:30 and 11 a.m. Saturdays: 11/10, 11/24, 12/8, 12/29 Sundays: 11/11, 11/25, 12/9, 12/30 Winter Break: 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 Join…
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Fireside Chats 6:30 pm
Fireside Chats
Nov 28 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join our Park Rangers for fun and learning about South Mountain around the campfire. Our beautiful landscape and desert sunsets are…
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Explore the Night Sky 6:30 pm
Explore the Night Sky
Nov 29 @ 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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