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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Storytime at South Mountain 9:30 am
Storytime at South Mountain
Feb 2 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Join us in the Dottie Gilbert Reading Room to enjoy our favorite desert stories. FREE! Recommended for ages 2 –…
Make & Take Market 10:00 am
Make & Take Market
Feb 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Drop in for fun, nature-based “make & take” activities and crafts. No registration required. Recommended for ages 3-10. $3 per…
Science and Stars Extravaganza 5:30 pm
Science and Stars Extravaganza
Feb 2 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
5:30 – 9 p.m. | Saturday: 2/2, 3/2 Celebrate science with telescope viewings, live animals, astronomy chats, local science experts, and…
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Make & Take Market 10:00 am
Make & Take Market
Feb 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Drop in for fun, nature-based “make & take” activities and crafts. No registration required. Recommended for ages 3-10. $3 per…
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Fireside Chats 6:30 pm
Fireside Chats
Feb 6 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join our Park Rangers for fun and learning about South Mountain around the campfire. No registration necessary. FREE! All ages…
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Nature at Night Walks 6:45 pm
Nature at Night Walks
Feb 9 @ 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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Discovery Hikes at South Mountain 9:30 am
Discovery Hikes at South Mountain
Feb 16 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Join us for “adults only” hikes led by our expert Park Rangers, each focused on a different topic and unique…
Storytime at South Mountain 9:30 am
Storytime at South Mountain
Feb 16 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Join us in the Dottie Gilbert Reading Room to enjoy our favorite desert stories. FREE! Recommended for ages 2 –…
Make & Take Market 10:00 am
Make & Take Market
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Drop in for fun, nature-based “make & take” activities and crafts. No registration required. Recommended for ages 3-10. $3 per…
Moonlight Walks 6:45 pm
Moonlight Walks
Feb 16 @ 6:45 pm – 8:00 pm
Enjoy a family-friendly stroll along our half-mile Judith Tunell Trail by the light of the moon, featuring our South Mountain…
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Make & Take Market 10:00 am
Make & Take Market
Feb 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Drop in for fun, nature-based “make & take” activities and crafts. No registration required. Recommended for ages 3-10. $3 per…
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Fireside Chats 6:30 pm
Fireside Chats
Feb 20 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join our Park Rangers for fun and learning about South Mountain around the campfire. No registration necessary. FREE! All ages…
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CLOSED DURING THE DAY
CLOSED DURING THE DAY
Feb 23 all-day
SMEEC will be closed during the day, but open for programs in the evening.
Nocturnal Myths and Legends 6:45 pm
Nocturnal Myths and Legends
Feb 23 @ 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
Feb 24 @ 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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