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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South Mountain Jr. Explorers 9:00 am
South Mountain Jr. Explorers
Mar 2 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Drop off the kids for outdoor adventures, crafts and desert stories, allowing adults to explore the 60+ miles of trails…
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…
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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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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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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South Mountain Jr. Explorers 9:00 am
South Mountain Jr. Explorers
Mar 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Drop off the kids for outdoor adventures, crafts and desert stories, allowing adults to explore the 60+ miles of trails…
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…
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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…
Storytime with Conrad Storad and Carol Hageman 10:00 am
Storytime with Conrad Storad and Carol Hageman
Mar 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Storytime with Conrad Storad and Carol Hageman Award-winning authors Conrad Storad and Carol Hageman share their stories about turtles and…
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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…
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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…
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