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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Drop-in Desert Discoveries 9:30 am
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Jan 3 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Explore the Sonoran Desert through self-guided crafts, stories and hands-on activities. $4 per participant (adults accompanying youth free). Designed for…
Drop-in Desert Discoveries 11:00 am
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Jan 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Explore the Sonoran Desert through self-guided crafts, stories and hands-on activities. $4 per participant (adults accompanying youth free). Designed for…
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Ranger ‘Ride-along’ Tour 9:00 am
Ranger ‘Ride-along’ Tour
Jan 4 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Saturday morning: 2/8, 3/21 Tours offered at 8:30 – 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – Noon Saturday Mornings: 1/4, 2/8,…
Ranger ‘Ride-along’ Tour 11:00 am
Ranger ‘Ride-along’ Tour
Jan 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday morning: 2/8, 3/21 Tours offered at 8:30 – 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – Noon Saturday Mornings: 1/4, 2/8,…
Sunset Walk 5:30 pm
Sunset Walk
Jan 4 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Saturday evenings: 1/4, 2/1, 2/29 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Experience the desert at dusk and our beautiful mountain sunsets through…
Nature at Night 6:45 pm
Nature at Night
Jan 4 @ 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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Preserving the Connection: Using Citizen Science to Promote Wildlife Habitat Connectivity 5:30 pm
Preserving the Connection: Using Citizen Science to Promote Wildlife Habitat Connectivity
Jan 9 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Thursday: 1/9 5:30 – 7 p.m. As urbanization rapidly fills in around the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is…
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Drop-in Desert Discoveries 2:00 pm
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Jan 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Explore the Sonoran Desert through self-guided crafts, stories and hands-on activities. $4 per participant (adults accompanying youth free). Designed for…
Drop-in Desert Discoveries 3:30 pm
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Jan 11 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Explore the Sonoran Desert through self-guided crafts, stories and hands-on activities. $4 per participant (adults accompanying youth free). Designed for…
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Fireside Chats 6:45 pm
Fireside Chats
Jan 15 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Wednesday: 12/11, 1/15, 2/19, 3/4 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. Join our Park Rangers for fun and learning about South Mountain…
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Drop-in Desert Discoveries 2:00 pm
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Jan 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Explore the Sonoran Desert through self-guided crafts, stories and hands-on activities. $4 per participant (adults accompanying youth free). Designed for…
Drop-in Desert Discoveries 3:30 pm
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Jan 18 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Explore the Sonoran Desert through self-guided crafts, stories and hands-on activities. $4 per participant (adults accompanying youth free). Designed for…
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Star Party 6:00 pm
Star Party
Jan 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday evenings: 1/25 6 – 8 p.m. Learn about the night sky through talks, activities and stargazing; weather permitting. Hosted…
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Silent Sunday 5:00 am
Silent Sunday
Jan 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…
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