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
Dec 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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Discovering Lost Crops Among the Hohokam and Other Arizona Cultures 6:45 pm
Discovering Lost Crops Among the Hohokam and Other Arizona Cultures
Dec 4 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Wednesday: 12/4 Wendy Hodgson, Herbarium Curator Emerita for Desert Botanical Gardens Recommended for ages 14 and up. $5 per person
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Nature at Night 6:45 pm
Nature at Night
Dec 7 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
6:45 – 7:45 p.m. Learn and experience how our desert comes alive after dark through this guided walk. $4 per…
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Nature Play 9:00 am
Nature Play
Dec 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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Fireside Chats 6:45 pm
Fireside Chats
Dec 11 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Friday evening: 12/14 Wednesday evenings: 12/11, 1/15, 2/19 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. Join our Park Rangers for fun and learning…
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Birding at the Mountain 8:30 am
Birding at the Mountain
Dec 14 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Saturday mornings: 12/14, 1/11, 2/8 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Join experienced birder Gordon Karre on a guided walk and explore…
Drop-in Desert Discoveries 11:00 am
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Dec 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday Afternoons: 9/21: Saguaro Friends | 1 – 2 p.m. 10/26: Puzzling Petroglyphs | 1 – 2 p.m. and 2:30…
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Nature Play 9:00 am
Nature Play
Dec 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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South Mountain Aglow 5:30 pm
South Mountain Aglow
Dec 21 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
We light up the darkest night of the year, the Winter Solstice, with a beautiful one-mile luminaria walk along our…
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Silent Sunday 5:00 am
Silent Sunday
Dec 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
Dec 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…
Drop-in Desert Discoveries 9:30 am
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Dec 22 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Mornings: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.  – Noon Winter Break: 12/22, 12/26-12/28 Friday: 1/3 Saturday: 12/14 Afternoons: 2 –…
Drop-in Desert Discoveries 11:00 am
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Dec 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mornings: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.  – Noon Winter Break: 12/22, 12/26-12/28 Friday: 1/3 Saturday: 12/14 Afternoons: 2 –…
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Drop-in Desert Discoveries 9:30 am
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Dec 26 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Mornings: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.  – Noon Winter Break: 12/22, 12/26-12/28 Friday: 1/3 Saturday: 12/14 Afternoons: 2 –…
Drop-in Desert Discoveries 11:00 am
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Dec 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mornings: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.  – Noon Winter Break: 12/22, 12/26-12/28 Friday: 1/3 Saturday: 12/14 Afternoons: 2 –…
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Drop-in Desert Discoveries 9:30 am
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Dec 27 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Mornings: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.  – Noon Winter Break: 12/22, 12/26-12/28 Friday: 1/3 Saturday: 12/14 Afternoons: 2 –…
Drop-in Desert Discoveries 11:00 am
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Dec 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mornings: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.  – Noon Winter Break: 12/22, 12/26-12/28 Friday: 1/3 Saturday: 12/14 Afternoons: 2 –…
Fireside Chats 6:45 pm
Fireside Chats
Dec 27 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Friday evening: 12/14 Wednesday evenings: 12/11, 1/15, 2/19 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. Join our Park Rangers for fun and learning…
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Ranger “Ride-along” Tour 8:30 am
Ranger “Ride-along” Tour
Dec 28 @ 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…
Drop-in Desert Discoveries 9:30 am
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Dec 28 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Mornings: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.  – Noon Winter Break: 12/22, 12/26-12/28 Friday: 1/3 Saturday: 12/14 Afternoons: 2 –…
Ranger “Ride-along” Tour 10:30 am
Ranger “Ride-along” Tour
Dec 28 @ 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…
Drop-in Desert Discoveries 11:00 am
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Dec 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mornings: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.  – Noon Winter Break: 12/22, 12/26-12/28 Friday: 1/3 Saturday: 12/14 Afternoons: 2 –…
South Mountain Food Series: Bugs for Foodies 12:30 pm
South Mountain Food Series: Bugs for Foodies
Dec 28 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
It’s the time of year to try new things. Join us in learning about how bug protein can be healthy…
Rock Art at the Golden Hour with Peter Krocek 3:00 pm
Rock Art at the Golden Hour with Peter Krocek
Dec 28 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Ramble through South Mountain’s Box Canyon, examining, discussing, and pondering in the myriad of petroglyphs with Peter Krocek, co-author of…
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Nature Play 9:00 am
Nature Play
Dec 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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