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
Aug 3 @ 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…
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Desert Discoveries 9:00 am
Desert Discoveries
Aug 10 @ 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…
Cooking with Prickly Pear Fruit 10:00 am
Cooking with Prickly Pear Fruit
Aug 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday: 8/10 10 a.m. – Noon Novices and  connoisseurs alike will learn the art of harvesting and cooking, from plant…
Summer Nights at South Mountain 5:30 pm
Summer Nights at South Mountain
Aug 10 @ 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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Air-Conditioned Van Tours 8:00 am
Air-Conditioned Van Tours
Aug 17 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Saturday mornings: 7/27, 8/3, 8/17 Tours offered at 8 – 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – Noon each date. Explore…
Desert Discoveries 9:00 am
Desert Discoveries
Aug 17 @ 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…
Air-Conditioned Van Tours 10:30 am
Air-Conditioned Van Tours
Aug 17 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday mornings: 6/22, 7/6, 7/27, 8/3, 8/17 Tours offered at 8 – 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – Noon each…
Maps of South Mountain 3:00 pm
Maps of South Mountain
Aug 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday: 7/27, 8/17 | 3 – 4 p.m. Local expert Phyllis Ralley will lead a cartography exploration working with the historic…
South Mountain Petroglyphs: The Art of Observation 6:45 pm
South Mountain Petroglyphs: The Art of Observation
Aug 17 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 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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“Haboob!” The Second Summer of the Sonoran Desert 3:00 pm
“Haboob!” The Second Summer of the Sonoran Desert
Aug 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday: 7/20, 8/24 | 3 – 4 p.m. It’s that time of year we experience stifling heat, high winds, walls of…
Nocturnal Myths and Legends 6:45 pm
Nocturnal Myths and Legends
Aug 24 @ 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
Aug 25 @ 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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