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
May 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…
Welcome to the Desert Walks 10:00 am
Welcome to the Desert Walks
May 4 @ 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
May 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…
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
May 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…
South Mountain Jr. Explorers 9:00 am
South Mountain Jr. Explorers
May 11 @ 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
May 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
May 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…
Welcome to the Desert Walks 10:00 am
Welcome to the Desert Walks
May 11 @ 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.
South Mountain Petroglyphs: Art of Observation 1:00 pm
South Mountain Petroglyphs: Art of Observation
May 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join author Peter Krocek for an interactive presentation and photographs from his decades exploring these remnants of Hohokam culture at…
Nature at Night Walks 6:45 pm
Nature at Night Walks
May 11 @ 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
May 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…
Make & Take Market 10:00 am
Make & Take Market
May 12 @ 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
May 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…
Welcome to the Desert Walks 10:00 am
Welcome to the Desert Walks
May 18 @ 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.
Explore the Night Sky 1:00 pm
Explore the Night Sky
May 18 @ 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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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
May 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…
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
May 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…
Welcome to the Desert Walks 10:00 am
Welcome to the Desert Walks
May 25 @ 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
May 26 @ 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
May 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…
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