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

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
2
3
4
Desert Wildflowers Walk 9:00 am
Desert Wildflowers Walk
Mar 4 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Join us for introductory walks experiencing the start of our wildflower season here at South Mountain. Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays…
Fireside Chats 6:45 pm
Fireside Chats
Mar 4 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Wednesday: 12/11, 1/15, 2/19, 3/4 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. Join our Park Rangers for fun and learning about South Mountain…
5
6
Desert Wildflowers Walk 9:00 am
Desert Wildflowers Walk
Mar 6 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Join us for introductory walks experiencing the start of our wildflower season here at South Mountain. Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays…
7
Birding at the Mountain 8:30 am
Birding at the Mountain
Mar 7 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Saturday mornings: 2/8, 3/4 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Join experienced birder Gordon Karre on a guided walk and explore the…
Drop-in Desert Discoveries 9:30 am
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Mar 7 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Explore the Sonoran Desert through self-guided crafts, stories and hands-on activities. $4 per person (adults accompanying youth free). 
8
Desert Wildflowers Walk 9:00 am
Desert Wildflowers Walk
Mar 8 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Join us for introductory walks experiencing the start of our wildflower season here at South Mountain. Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays…
Revealing Desert Artistry Through Photography 9:30 am
Revealing Desert Artistry Through Photography
Mar 8 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Join us at South Mountain for a photography class to enrich your appreciation of the Sonoran Desert with instructor Bill…
9
10
11
Desert Wildflowers Walk 9:00 am
Desert Wildflowers Walk
Mar 11 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Join us for introductory walks experiencing the start of our wildflower season here at South Mountain. Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays…
Drop-in Desert Discoveries 9:30 am
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Mar 11 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Explore the Sonoran Desert through self-guided crafts, stories and hands-on activities. $4 per participant (adults accompanying youth free). Designed for…
Drop-in Desert Discoveries 11:00 am
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Mar 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Explore the Sonoran Desert through self-guided crafts, stories and hands-on activities. $4 per participant (adults accompanying youth free). Designed for…
12
Drop-in Desert Discoveries 9:30 am
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Mar 12 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Explore the Sonoran Desert through self-guided crafts, stories and hands-on activities. $4 per participant (adults accompanying youth free). Designed for…
Drop-in Desert Discoveries 11:00 am
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Mar 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Explore the Sonoran Desert through self-guided crafts, stories and hands-on activities. $4 per participant (adults accompanying youth free). Designed for…
13
Desert Wildflowers Walk 9:00 am
Desert Wildflowers Walk
Mar 13 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Join us for introductory walks experiencing the start of our wildflower season here at South Mountain. Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays…
Drop-in Desert Discoveries 9:30 am
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Mar 13 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Explore the Sonoran Desert through self-guided crafts, stories and hands-on activities. $4 per participant (adults accompanying youth free). Designed for…
Drop-in Desert Discoveries 11:00 am
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Mar 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Explore the Sonoran Desert through self-guided crafts, stories and hands-on activities. $4 per participant (adults accompanying youth free). Designed for…
14
Drop-in Desert Discoveries 2:00 pm
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Mar 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Explore the Sonoran Desert through self-guided crafts, stories and hands-on activities. $4 per participant (adults accompanying youth free). Designed for…
Drop-in Desert Discoveries 3:30 pm
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Mar 14 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Explore the Sonoran Desert through self-guided crafts, stories and hands-on activities. $4 per participant (adults accompanying youth free). Designed for…
15
Desert Wildflowers Walk 9:00 am
Desert Wildflowers Walk
Mar 15 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Join us for introductory walks experiencing the start of our wildflower season here at South Mountain. Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays…
Storytime with Carol Hageman and Barbara Renner 3:00 pm
Storytime with Carol Hageman and Barbara Renner
Mar 15 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join local authors Carol Hageman and Barbara Renner as they share their stories about desert animals – including Bubby’s Puddle…
16
17
18
19
20
Desert Wildflowers Walk 9:00 am
Desert Wildflowers Walk
Mar 20 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Join us for introductory walks experiencing the start of our wildflower season here at South Mountain. Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays…
21
Ranger ‘Ride-along’ Tour 9:00 am
Ranger ‘Ride-along’ Tour
Mar 21 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Saturday morning: 2/8, 3/21 Tours offered at 8:30 – 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – Noon Saturday Mornings: 1/4, 2/8,…
Petroglyphs of Box Canyon with Peter Krocek 9:30 am
Petroglyphs of Box Canyon with Peter Krocek
Mar 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Adventure through South Mountain’s Box Canyon, examining and discussing the myriad of petroglyphs with Peter Krocek, co-author of Landscape of…
Ranger ‘Ride-along’ Tour 11:00 am
Ranger ‘Ride-along’ Tour
Mar 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday morning: 2/8, 3/21 Tours offered at 8:30 – 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – Noon Saturday Mornings: 1/4, 2/8,…
Sunset Walk 5:30 pm
Sunset Walk
Mar 21 @ 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
Mar 21 @ 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…
22
Silent Sunday 5:00 am
Silent Sunday
Mar 22 @ 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…
Desert Wildflowers Walk 9:00 am
Desert Wildflowers Walk
Mar 22 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Join us for introductory walks experiencing the start of our wildflower season here at South Mountain. Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays…
Drop-in Desert Discoveries 9:30 am
Drop-in Desert Discoveries
Mar 22 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Explore the Sonoran Desert through self-guided crafts, stories and hands-on activities. $4 per person (adults accompanying youth free). 
23
24
25
26
27
Desert Wildflowers Walk 9:00 am
Desert Wildflowers Walk
Mar 27 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Join us for introductory walks experiencing the start of our wildflower season here at South Mountain. Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays…
28
South Mountain Food Series: Bugs for Foodies 12:30 pm
South Mountain Food Series: Bugs for Foodies
Mar 28 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Join us in learning about how bug protein can be healthy for not only us, but the planet. Participants will…
South Mountain Science Night 5:30 pm
South Mountain Science Night
Mar 28 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
(Park gates for entry close at 7) Celebrate science with local science experts and hands-on activities for all ages! Stay…
29
Desert Wildflowers Walk 9:00 am
Desert Wildflowers Walk
Mar 29 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Join us for introductory walks experiencing the start of our wildflower season here at South Mountain. Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays…
30
31