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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Don’t Bust What Crust? 6:45 pm
Don’t Bust What Crust?
Oct 2 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Wednesday: 10/2 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. Dr. Steve Presse, Arizona State University Recommended for ages 14 and up. $5 per…
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Nature Play 9:00 am
Nature Play
Oct 6 @ 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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Birding at the Mountain 8:30 am
Birding at the Mountain
Oct 12 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Join experienced birder Gordon Karre on a guided walk through our South Mountain trails, to explore…
Explore Hieroglyphic Canyon: South Mountain’s ‘House of Rain’ With Author Peter Krocek 8:30 am
Explore Hieroglyphic Canyon: South Mountain’s ‘House of Rain’ With Author Peter Krocek
Oct 12 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Morning: 10/12 | Registration needed by October 9! Join us for a special trek into arguably the richest and densest…
Ranger “Ride-along” Tour 8:30 am
Ranger “Ride-along” Tour
Oct 12 @ 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
Oct 12 @ 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
Oct 13 @ 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 (Juniors) 12:00 pm
Phoenix Zoo Wild Science Academy at SMEEC (Juniors)
Oct 17 @ 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 (Seniors) 12:00 pm
Phoenix Zoo Wild Science Academy at SMEEC (Seniors)
Oct 17 @ 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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Discovery Hikes 10:00 am
Discovery Hikes
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturdays: 9/28 | 9 – 11 a.m. 10/19 | 10 a.m. – Noon 11/23 | 3 – 5 p.m. Join…
Nature at Night Walks 6:45 pm
Nature at Night Walks
Oct 19 @ 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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Nature Play 9:00 am
Nature Play
Oct 20 @ 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
Oct 23 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Wednesday evenings: 10/23, 11/6, 12/11, 12/27 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. Join our Park Rangers for fun and learning about South…
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Junior Explorers 8:30 am
Junior Explorers
Oct 26 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Saturdays, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. 9/21: Saguaro Friends 10/26: Puzzling Petroglyphs 11/9: Bird Bonanza Saturday Afternoon, 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.…
Drop-in Desert Discoveries 1:00 pm
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Oct 26 @ 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
Oct 26 @ 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…
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Silent Sunday 5:00 am
Silent Sunday
Oct 27 @ 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
Oct 27 @ 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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South Mountain Petroglyphs: The Art of Observation 6:45 pm
South Mountain Petroglyphs: The Art of Observation
Oct 30 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 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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