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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Nature Play 9:00 am
Nature Play
Sep 1 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 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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Special Speakers: Meals For Mars 6:30 pm
Special Speakers: Meals For Mars
Sep 4 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Wednesday: 9/4 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Dr. Sian Proctor, a NASA analog astronaut, on living and cooking in a simulated…
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Nature Play 9:00 am
Nature Play
Sep 8 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 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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Ranger “Ride-along” Tour 8:30 am
Ranger “Ride-along” Tour
Sep 14 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Saturday mornings: 9/14, 10/12, 11/2, 11/30, 12/28 Tours offered at 8:30 – 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – Noon each…
Ranger “Ride-along” Tour 10:30 am
Ranger “Ride-along” Tour
Sep 14 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday mornings: 9/14, 10/12, 11/2, 11/30, 12/28 Tours offered at 8:30 – 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – Noon each…
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Nature Play 9:00 am
Nature Play
Sep 15 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 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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Junior Explorers 8:30 am
Junior Explorers
Sep 21 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Saturdays, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. 9/21: Saguaro Friends 10/26: Puzzling Petroglyphs 11/9: Bird Bonanza Saturday Afternoon, 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.…
Drop-in Desert Discoveries 1:00 pm
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Sep 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Saturday Afternoons: 9/21: Saguaro Friends | 1 – 2 p.m. 10/26: Puzzling Petroglyphs | 1 – 2 p.m. and 2:30…
Israel: Where Bird Migration is Defined 3:00 pm
Israel: Where Bird Migration is Defined
Sep 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday Afternoon: 9/21 3 – 4 p.m. Israel is well known as one of the best places in the world…
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Silent Sunday 5:00 am
Silent Sunday
Sep 22 @ 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…
Nature Play 9:00 am
Nature Play
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 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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Nature at Night Walks 6:45 pm
Nature at Night Walks
Sep 28 @ 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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Nature Play 9:00 am
Nature Play
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 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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