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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Movies at the Mountain 2:00 pm
Movies at the Mountain
Jun 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Stop by for our favorite family-friendly films with fun activities in our air-conditioned events center.  Youth of all ages will…
Park Ranger Explorations 5:00 pm
Park Ranger Explorations
Jun 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Our knowledgeable Park Rangers lead special programs each Wednesday evening for learners of all ages. With new topics each week,…
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Movies at the Mountain 6:00 pm
Movies at the Mountain
Jun 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Stop by for our favorite family-friendly films with fun activities in our air-conditioned events center.  Youth of all ages will…
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Science and Stories 2:00 pm
Science and Stories
Jun 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Join us for Sonoran Desert stories with hands-on nature and science activities all afternoon.   FREE!  Drop-off care is available…
Park Ranger Explorations 5:00 pm
Park Ranger Explorations
Jun 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Our knowledgeable Park Rangers lead special programs each Wednesday evening for learners of all ages. With new topics each week,…
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Sonoran Science Extravaganza! 6:30 pm
Sonoran Science Extravaganza!
Jun 15 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Experience the best of science, nature and art at South Mountain with local experts as our guests.  Enjoy guided walks…
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Movies at the Mountain 2:00 pm
Movies at the Mountain
Jun 20 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Stop by for our favorite family-friendly films with fun activities in our air-conditioned events center.  Youth of all ages will…
Park Ranger Explorations 5:00 pm
Park Ranger Explorations
Jun 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Our knowledgeable Park Rangers lead special programs each Wednesday evening for learners of all ages. With new topics each week,…
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Movies at the Mountain 6:00 pm
Movies at the Mountain
Jun 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Stop by for our favorite family-friendly films with fun activities in our air-conditioned events center.  Youth of all ages will…
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Silent Sunday 5:00 am
Silent Sunday
Jun 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…
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Science and Stories 2:00 pm
Science and Stories
Jun 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Join us for Sonoran Desert stories with hands-on nature and science activities all afternoon.   FREE!  Drop-off care is available…
Park Ranger Explorations 5:00 pm
Park Ranger Explorations
Jun 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Our knowledgeable Park Rangers lead special programs each Wednesday evening for learners of all ages. With new topics each week,…
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Make & Take Fair 9:00 am
Make & Take Fair
Jun 30 @ 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…