Experience South Mountain in a whole new way, every time you visit! Our programs span all ages and so many interests, you’re sure to gain enjoyment and new insights on this special mountain in a special desert.

Program Types

Adults and Older Youth – In addition to visiting our exhibit space and Dottie Gilbert Reading Room, there are great opportunities for learning through our programs, activities and classes, such as Explore the Night Sky, Field Sketching, Birding, SM 101, and our Learning Lecture series.

Kids and Family – These programs offer fun and learning for all ages through a wide range of experiences, including stories, games, classes, adventure packs, and nighttime adventures!

Schools and Groups –Your school or group from small to large can come to South Mountain for special learning enrichment! Schedule time with our education staff for a field trip or our learning ‘nuggets’ programs, or grab an adventure pack for self-guided observations, investigations and fun!

See the great programs available through ACNC at the Phoenix Zoo

City of Phoenix Programming

In addition to classes and activities offered through Arizona Center for Nature Conservation, South Mountain Environmental Education Center proudly hosts programs offered through the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department. Check out their site for times and descriptions.


View Programs & Activities Through City of Phoenix

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Desert Discoveries 9:00 am
Desert Discoveries
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Every Saturday morning | 9 – 10 a.m. Explore the Sonoran Desert through crafts, stories, and hands-on activities. Fun for…
Summer Science at South Mountain 10:00 am
Summer Science at South Mountain
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday mornings: 6/15, 7/13, 7/27 10 a.m. – Noon Explore the wonders of the Sonoran Desert at South Mountain with…
Nature at Night Walks 6:45 pm
Nature at Night Walks
Jun 1 @ 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 Discoveries 9:00 am
Desert Discoveries
Jun 8 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Every Saturday morning | 9 – 10 a.m. Explore the Sonoran Desert through crafts, stories, and hands-on activities. Fun for…
South Mountain Petroglyphs: The Art of Observation 6:30 pm
South Mountain Petroglyphs: The Art of Observation
Jun 8 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join photographer Peter Krocek for an interactive lecture about his decades exploring remnants of Hohokam culture at South Mountain Park.…
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Desert Discoveries 9:00 am
Desert Discoveries
Jun 15 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Every Saturday morning | 9 – 10 a.m. Explore the Sonoran Desert through crafts, stories, and hands-on activities. Fun for…
Summer Science at South Mountain 10:00 am
Summer Science at South Mountain
Jun 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday mornings: 6/15, 7/13, 7/27 10 a.m. – Noon Explore the wonders of the Sonoran Desert at South Mountain with…
Summer Nights at South Mountain 5:30 pm
Summer Nights at South Mountain
Jun 15 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Fun and learning through live animals, astronomy chats, and hands-on activities for all ages! The park gate will be open…
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Air-Conditioned Van Tours 8:00 am
Air-Conditioned Van Tours
Jun 22 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Saturday mornings: 6/22, 7/6, 7/27, 8/3, 8/17 Tours offered at 8 – 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – Noon each…
Desert Discoveries 9:00 am
Desert Discoveries
Jun 22 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Every Saturday morning | 9 – 10 a.m. Explore the Sonoran Desert through crafts, stories, and hands-on activities. Fun for…
Air-Conditioned Van Tours 10:30 am
Air-Conditioned Van Tours
Jun 22 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday mornings: 6/22, 7/6, 7/27, 8/3, 8/17 Tours offered at 8 – 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – Noon each…
Nocturnal Myths and Legends 6:45 pm
Nocturnal Myths and Legends
Jun 22 @ 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
Jun 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…
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Desert Discoveries 9:00 am
Desert Discoveries
Jun 29 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Every Saturday morning | 9 – 10 a.m. Explore the Sonoran Desert through crafts, stories, and hands-on activities. Fun for…
Nature at Night Walks 6:45 pm
Nature at Night Walks
Jun 29 @ 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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