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 Discoveries 9:00 am
Desert Discoveries
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Every Saturday morning | 9 – 10 a.m. Explore the Sonoran Desert through crafts, stories, and hands-on activities. Fun for…
Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Jun 1 @ 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
Jun 1 @ 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
Jun 1 @ 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
Jun 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…
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Desert Discoveries 9:00 am
Desert Discoveries
Jun 8 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Every Saturday morning | 9 – 10 a.m. Explore the Sonoran Desert through crafts, stories, and hands-on activities. Fun for…
Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Jun 8 @ 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
Jun 8 @ 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: The Art of Observation 6:30 pm
South Mountain Petroglyphs: The Art of Observation
Jun 8 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join photographer Peter Krocek for an interactive lecture about his decades exploring remnants of Hohokam culture at South Mountain Park.…
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Jun 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…
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Desert Discoveries 9:00 am
Desert Discoveries
Jun 15 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Every Saturday morning | 9 – 10 a.m. Explore the Sonoran Desert through crafts, stories, and hands-on activities. Fun for…
Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Jun 15 @ 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
Jun 15 @ 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.
Summer Nights at South Mountain 5:30 pm
Summer Nights at South Mountain
Jun 15 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Fun and learning through live animals, astronomy chats, and hands-on activities for all ages! The park gate will be open…
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Jun 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…
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Desert Discoveries 9:00 am
Desert Discoveries
Jun 22 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Every Saturday morning | 9 – 10 a.m. Explore the Sonoran Desert through crafts, stories, and hands-on activities. Fun for…
Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Jun 22 @ 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
Jun 22 @ 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.
Nocturnal Myths and Legends 6:45 pm
Nocturnal Myths and Legends
Jun 22 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Explore tall tales and mysteries of the desert on a fun guided walk! Registration recommended to ensure space. $3 per…
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Silent Sunday 5:00 am
Silent Sunday
Jun 23 @ 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
Jun 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…
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Desert Discoveries 9:00 am
Desert Discoveries
Jun 29 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Every Saturday morning | 9 – 10 a.m. Explore the Sonoran Desert through crafts, stories, and hands-on activities. Fun for…
Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Jun 29 @ 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
Jun 29 @ 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
Jun 29 @ 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
Jun 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…