*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.

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: 2/9, 3/9
6:45 – 7:45 p.m.

Experience and explore the desert at night, guided by your senses and a Park Ranger! Come over starting at 6 p.m. for chats with our Park Rangers before the walk begins.

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


Fireside Chats

Wednesday evenings: 2/20, 3/6
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.


Science and Stars Extravaganza

5:30 – 9 p.m. | Saturday: 3/2

Celebrate science with telescope viewings, live animals, astronomy chats, local science experts, and hands-on activities for all ages!

The park gate will be open until 8 p.m. for this event.

Donation of $5 per group suggested.


Birding at the Mountain

Saturday | 3/23, 4/20 | 9 – 11 a.m.

Join experienced birder Gordon Karre on a guided walk through our South Mountain trails, to explore the winged wonders that surround us all.

$5 per person, registration recommended to ensure space. Limited loaner binoculars available.


Nocturnal Myths and Legends

6:45 – 7:45 p.m.
Saturday: 2/23

Explore tall tales and mysteries of the desert on a fun guided walk!

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


Science Nights at South Mountain

5:30 – 9 p.m. | Saturday: 3/2

Celebrate science with telescope viewings, live animals, astronomy chats, visiting local experts, and hands-on activities for all ages! The park gate will be open until 8 p.m. for this event.

Donation of $5 per group suggested.


Moonlight Walks

Saturday evenings: 2/16
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. 


South Mountain Petroglyphs: Art of Observation

Thursdays, 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. These are programs you won’t want to miss!

February 21 | Hunting Magic
March 21 | Hieroglyphic Canyon: A Virtual Tour
April 18 | Spirits of South Mountain

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.
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 2/16 | Ranger Dan Cooper: The Human History of South Mountain
Saturday 3/16 | Ranger Dan Cooper: South Mountain Over the Century

$5 per person


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
Feb 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…
Make & Take Market 9:00 am
Make & Take Market
Feb 2 @ 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
Feb 2 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Join us in the Dottie Gilbert Reading Room to enjoy our favorite desert stories. FREE! Recommended for ages 2 –…
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:00 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Feb 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
These brief walks introduce you to our beautiful South Mountain here in the Sonoran Desert. Free, but donations appreciated.
Science and Stars Extravaganza 5:30 pm
Science and Stars Extravaganza
Feb 2 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
5:30 – 9 p.m. | Saturday: 2/2, 3/2 Celebrate science with telescope viewings, live animals, astronomy chats, local science experts, and…
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Feb 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…
Make & Take Market 9:00 am
Make & Take Market
Feb 3 @ 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…
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Fireside Chats 6:30 pm
Fireside Chats
Feb 6 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join our Park Rangers for fun and learning about South Mountain around the campfire. No registration necessary. FREE! All ages…
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Feb 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…
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:00 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Feb 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
These brief walks introduce you to our beautiful South Mountain here in the Sonoran Desert. Free, but donations appreciated.
Nature at Night Walks 6:45 pm
Nature at Night Walks
Feb 9 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Experience and explore the desert at night, guided by your senses and a Park Ranger! Come over starting at 6…
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Feb 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…
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Feb 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…
Make & Take Market 9:00 am
Make & Take Market
Feb 16 @ 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…
Discovery Hikes 9:30 am
Discovery Hikes
Feb 16 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Join us for “adults only” hikes led by our expert Park Rangers, each focused on a different topic and unique…
Storytime at South Mountain 9:30 am
Storytime at South Mountain
Feb 16 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Join us in the Dottie Gilbert Reading Room to enjoy our favorite desert stories. FREE! Recommended for ages 2 –…
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:00 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
These brief walks introduce you to our beautiful South Mountain here in the Sonoran Desert. Free, but donations appreciated.
Moonlight Walks 6:45 pm
Moonlight Walks
Feb 16 @ 6:45 pm – 8:00 pm
Enjoy a family-friendly stroll along our half-mile Judith Tunell Trail by the light of the moon, featuring our South Mountain…
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Feb 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…
Make & Take Market 9:00 am
Make & Take Market
Feb 17 @ 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…
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Fireside Chats 6:30 pm
Fireside Chats
Feb 20 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join our Park Rangers for fun and learning about South Mountain around the campfire. No registration necessary. FREE! All ages…
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South Mountain Petroglyphs: Art of Observation 6:30 pm
South Mountain Petroglyphs: Art of Observation
Feb 21 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join author Peter Krocek for an interactive lecture and photographs from his decades exploring these remnants of Hohokam culture at…
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CLOSED DURING THE DAY
CLOSED DURING THE DAY
Feb 23 all-day
SMEEC will be closed during the day, but open for programs in the evening.
Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Feb 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…
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:00 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
These brief walks introduce you to our beautiful South Mountain here in the Sonoran Desert. Free, but donations appreciated.
Nocturnal Myths and Legends 6:45 pm
Nocturnal Myths and Legends
Feb 23 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Explore tall tales and mysteries of the desert on a fun guided walk! Registration recommended to ensure space. $3 per…
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Silent Sunday 5:00 am
Silent Sunday
Feb 24 @ 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
Feb 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…
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