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
Jul 6 @ 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
Jul 6 @ 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…
Who Were the Hohokam? 3:00 pm
Who Were the Hohokam?
Jul 6 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday: 7/6 | 3 – 4 p.m. Park Ranger Brian Krauss shares evidence and artifacts that helps tell the tale –…
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Desert Discoveries 9:00 am
Desert Discoveries
Jul 13 @ 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…
Summer Science at South Mountain 10:00 am
Summer Science at South Mountain
Jul 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday mornings: 6/15, 7/13, 7/27 10 a.m. – Noon Explore the wonders of the Sonoran Desert at South Mountain with…
Summer Nights at South Mountain 5:30 pm
Summer Nights at South Mountain
Jul 13 @ 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 Discoveries 9:00 am
Desert Discoveries
Jul 20 @ 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…
“Haboob!” The Second Summer of the Sonoran Desert 3:00 pm
“Haboob!” The Second Summer of the Sonoran Desert
Jul 20 @ 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…
Apollo 11: 50th Anniversary 6:00 pm
Apollo 11: 50th Anniversary
Jul 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturday, July 20 | 6 – 9:30 p.m. Commemorate the first human footprints on the moon at our celebration of…
Nature at Night Walks 6:45 pm
Nature at Night Walks
Jul 20 @ 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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Air-Conditioned Van Tours 8:00 am
Air-Conditioned Van Tours
Jul 27 @ 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
Jul 27 @ 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…
Summer Science at South Mountain 10:00 am
Summer Science at South Mountain
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday mornings: 6/15, 7/13, 7/27 10 a.m. – Noon Explore the wonders of the Sonoran Desert at South Mountain with…
Air-Conditioned Van Tours 10:30 am
Air-Conditioned Van Tours
Jul 27 @ 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
Jul 27 @ 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 6:30 pm
South Mountain Petroglyphs: The Art of Observation
Jul 27 @ 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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Silent Sunday 5:00 am
Silent Sunday
Jul 28 @ 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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