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 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
These brief walks introduce you to our beautiful South Mountain here in the Sonoran Desert. Free, but donations appreciated.
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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. No registration necessary. FREE! All ages…
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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…
Storytime at South Mountain 9:30 am
Storytime at South Mountain
Nov 10 @ 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 –…
Make & Take Market 10:00 am
Make & Take Market
Nov 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Drop in for fun, nature-based “make & take” activities and crafts. No registration required. Recommended for ages 3-10. $3 per…
Welcome to the Desert Walks 10:00 am
Welcome to the Desert Walks
Nov 10 @ 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
Nov 10 @ 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
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…
Storytime at South Mountain 9:30 am
Storytime at South Mountain
Nov 11 @ 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 –…
Make & Take Market 10:00 am
Make & Take Market
Nov 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Drop in for fun, nature-based “make & take” activities and crafts. No registration required. Recommended for ages 3-10. $3 per…
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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
These brief walks introduce you to our beautiful South Mountain here in the Sonoran Desert. Free, but donations appreciated.
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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 moon, featuring our South Mountain…
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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…
Storytime at South Mountain 9:30 am
Storytime at South Mountain
Nov 24 @ 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 –…
Make & Take Market 10:00 am
Make & Take Market
Nov 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Drop in for fun, nature-based “make & take” activities and crafts. No registration required. Recommended for ages 3-10. $3 per…
Welcome to the Desert Walks 10:00 am
Welcome to the Desert Walks
Nov 24 @ 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.
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…
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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…
Storytime at South Mountain 9:30 am
Storytime at South Mountain
Nov 25 @ 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 –…
Make & Take Market 10:00 am
Make & Take Market
Nov 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Drop in for fun, nature-based “make & take” activities and crafts. No registration required. Recommended for ages 3-10. $3 per…
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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. No registration necessary. FREE! All ages…
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Explore the Night Sky 1:00 pm
Explore the Night Sky
Nov 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Learn about the universe through an interactive educational session, focusing each month on new astronomical topics. Sunday, 4/28 | Tour…
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