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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Ranger “Ride-along” Tour 8:30 am
Ranger “Ride-along” Tour
Nov 2 @ 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…
Ranger “Ride-along” Tour 10:30 am
Ranger “Ride-along” Tour
Nov 2 @ 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…
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Nature Play 9:00 am
Nature Play
Nov 3 @ 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
Nov 6 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Wednesday: 12/11, 1/15, 2/19 Friday: 12/27 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. Join our Park Rangers for fun and learning about South…
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Birding at the Mountain 8:30 am
Birding at the Mountain
Nov 9 @ 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 1:00 pm
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Nov 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Saturday Afternoons: 9/21: Saguaro Friends | 1 – 2 p.m. 10/26: Puzzling Petroglyphs | 1 – 2 p.m. and 2:30…
Drop-in Desert Discoveries 2:30 pm
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Nov 9 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Saturday Afternoons: 9/21: Saguaro Friends | 1 – 2 p.m. 10/26: Puzzling Petroglyphs | 1 – 2 p.m. and 2:30…
Moonlight Walks 6:45 pm
Moonlight Walks
Nov 9 @ 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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Nature Play 9:00 am
Nature Play
Nov 10 @ 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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Nature Play 9:00 am
Nature Play
Nov 17 @ 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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Drop-in Desert Discoveries 9:30 am
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Nov 23 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Saturday Afternoons: 9/21: Saguaro Friends | 1 – 2 p.m. 10/26: Puzzling Petroglyphs | 1 – 2 p.m. and 2:30…
Drop-in Desert Discoveries 11:00 am
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Nov 23 @ 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…
Junior Explorers 2:30 pm
Junior Explorers
Nov 23 @ 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Saturday afternoon: 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. 12/14: Sights, Sounds, and Smells Saturday mornings: 9:00 – Noon 1/18: Not So Creepy…
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Silent Sunday 5:00 am
Silent Sunday
Nov 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…
Nature Play 9:00 am
Nature Play
Nov 24 @ 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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Ranger “Ride-along” Tour 8:30 am
Ranger “Ride-along” Tour
Nov 30 @ 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…
Ranger “Ride-along” Tour 10:30 am
Ranger “Ride-along” Tour
Nov 30 @ 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 1:00 pm
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Nov 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Saturday Afternoons: 9/21: Saguaro Friends | 1 – 2 p.m. 10/26: Puzzling Petroglyphs | 1 – 2 p.m. and 2:30…
Drop-in Desert Discoveries 2:30 pm
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Nov 30 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Saturday Afternoons: 9/21: Saguaro Friends | 1 – 2 p.m. 10/26: Puzzling Petroglyphs | 1 – 2 p.m. and 2:30…
Drop-in Desert Discoveries 4:00 pm
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Nov 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Saturday Afternoons: 9/21: Saguaro Friends | 1 – 2 p.m. 10/26: Puzzling Petroglyphs | 1 – 2 p.m. and 2:30…