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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Sunset Walk 5:30 pm
Sunset Walk
Feb 1 @ 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
Feb 1 @ 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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Nature Play 9:00 am
Nature Play
Feb 2 @ 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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Phoenix Zoo Wild Science Academy at SMEEC 12:00 pm
Phoenix Zoo Wild Science Academy at SMEEC
Feb 6 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Wednesday afternoons, Noon – 2 p.m. Hands-on investigations, trail explorations, fieldwork and other inquiry-based learning activities bring science to life!…
Phoenix Zoo Wild Science Academy at SMEEC (Juniors) 12:00 pm
Phoenix Zoo Wild Science Academy at SMEEC (Juniors)
Feb 6 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Wednesday afternoons Noon – 2 p.m. Hands-on investigations, trail explorations, fieldwork and other inquiry-based learning activities bring science to life!…
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Birding at the Mountain 8:30 am
Birding at the Mountain
Feb 8 @ 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…
Ranger ‘Ride-along’ Tour 9:00 am
Ranger ‘Ride-along’ Tour
Feb 8 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Saturday morning: 12/28 Tours offered at 8:30 – 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – Noon Saturday Mornings: 1/4, 2/8 Tours…
Ranger ‘Ride-along’ Tour 11:00 am
Ranger ‘Ride-along’ Tour
Feb 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday morning: 12/28 Tours offered at 8:30 – 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – Noon Saturday Mornings: 1/4, 2/8 Tours…
Drop-in Desert Discoveries 2:00 pm
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Feb 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mornings: 9:30 – 10:30, 11:00 – Noon Winter Break: 12/22, 12/26-12/28 Friday: 1/3 Saturday: 12/14 Afternoons: 2:00 – 3:00, 3:30…
Drop-in Desert Discoveries 3:30 pm
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Feb 8 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Mornings: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.  – Noon Mornings: 9:30 – 10:30, 11:00 – Noon Winter Break: 12/22, 12/26-12/28…
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Nature Play 9:00 am
Nature Play
Feb 9 @ 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 2:00 pm
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Feb 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mornings: 9:30 – 10:30, 11:00 – Noon Winter Break: 12/22, 12/26-12/28 Friday: 1/3 Saturday: 12/14 Afternoons: 2:00 – 3:00, 3:30…
Drop-in Desert Discoveries 3:30 pm
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Feb 15 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Mornings: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.  – Noon Mornings: 9:30 – 10:30, 11:00 – Noon Winter Break: 12/22, 12/26-12/28…
Storytime with Conrad Storad and Carol Hageman 3:30 pm
Storytime with Conrad Storad and Carol Hageman
Feb 15 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Saturday: 2/15 3 – 4 p.m. Join local authors Michael Hale and award-winning Conrad Storad as they read from a…
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Nature Play 9:00 am
Nature Play
Feb 16 @ 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
Feb 19 @ 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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Junior Explorers 9:00 am
Junior Explorers
Feb 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 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…
Drop-in Desert Discoveries 2:00 pm
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Feb 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mornings: 9:30 – 10:30, 11:00 – Noon Winter Break: 12/22, 12/26-12/28 Friday: 1/3 Saturday: 12/14 Afternoons: 2:00 – 3:00, 3:30…
Drop-in Desert Discoveries 3:30 pm
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Feb 22 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Mornings: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.  – Noon Mornings: 9:30 – 10:30, 11:00 – Noon Winter Break: 12/22, 12/26-12/28…
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Silent Sunday 5:00 am
Silent Sunday
Feb 23 @ 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
Feb 23 @ 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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Sunset Walk 5:30 pm
Sunset Walk
Feb 29 @ 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
Feb 29 @ 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…