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
Mar 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…
Storytime at South Mountain 9:30 am
Storytime at South Mountain
Mar 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 –…
Make & Take Market 10:00 am
Make & Take Market
Mar 2 @ 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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 10:00 am
Make & Take Market
Mar 3 @ 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
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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.
Arizona Animals: Terrific Tortoises! 1:00 pm
Arizona Animals: Terrific Tortoises!
Mar 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Zookeepers from the Phoenix Zoo unravel the mysteries of turtles and tortoises that call Arizona their home. FREE!  No registration…
Nature at Night Walks 6:45 pm
Nature at Night Walks
Mar 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
Mar 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
Mar 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…
Discovery Hikes at South Mountain 9:30 am
Discovery Hikes at South Mountain
Mar 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
Mar 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 –…
Make & Take Market 10:00 am
Make & Take Market
Mar 16 @ 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
Mar 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.
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Mar 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 10:00 am
Make & Take Market
Mar 17 @ 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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Birding at the Mountain 8:00 am
Birding at the Mountain
Mar 23 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
8 – 10 a.m. Join experienced birder Gordon Karre on a guided walk through our South Mountain trails, to explore…
Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Mar 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
Mar 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.
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Silent Sunday 5:00 am
Silent Sunday
Mar 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
Mar 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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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Mar 30 @ 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
Mar 30 @ 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
Mar 31 @ 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…