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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Make & Take Fair 9:00 am
Make & Take Fair
Jan 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
Jan 2 @ 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
Jan 2 @ 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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Make & Take Fair 9:00 am
Make & Take Fair
Jan 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…
Storytime at South Mountain 9:30 am
Storytime at South Mountain
Jan 3 @ 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
Jan 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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Make & Take Fair 9:00 am
Make & Take Fair
Jan 4 @ 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
Jan 4 @ 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
Jan 4 @ 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
Jan 5 @ 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
Jan 5 @ 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
Jan 6 @ 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
Jan 12 @ 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
Jan 12 @ 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
Jan 13 @ 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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South Mountain Petroglyphs: Art of Observation 6:30 pm
South Mountain Petroglyphs: Art of Observation
Jan 17 @ 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
Jan 19 @ 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
Jan 19 @ 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
Jan 20 @ 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
Jan 26 @ 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
Jan 26 @ 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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Silent Sunday 5:00 am
Silent Sunday
Jan 27 @ 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
Jan 27 @ 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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