Your Support of ACNC at South Mountain is worth DOUBLE!

Thanks to a generous challenge grant from the Flinn Foundation, $50,000 in matching funds are available to support programs and operations of SMEEC.

Any gift you make brings us closer to this goal.

NEW! Paving STEM Pathways Program at SMEEC!

South Mountain Environmental Education Center (SMEEC) is a hub for guests exploring the park/preserve that it calls home as well as a gathering place for the community to learn about plants, animals, natural history and the conservation needs of the Sonoran Desert. It also is a popular destination for school field trips. Arizona Center for Nature Conservation is committed to making SMEEC a community resource. We recognize that program fees may be a barrier for some. In order to address this need in the community, we have established funding opportunities in different categories. These include: a transportation fund, field trip scholarships, visitor engagement activities fund, program scholarships, educator professional development series and a STEM ecosystem summit.

Funding Opportunities at SMEEC
Arizona Center for Nature Conservation is committed to making SMEEC a community resource. We recognize that program fees may be a barrier for some. In order to address this need within the community, we have established funding opportunities in different categories.

For more information, please contact:

Shannon Kinsman,
Individual Giving Manager
Arizona Center for Nature Conservation
602.914.4346 | skinsman@phoenixzoo.org


Paving STEM Pathways

The Paving STEM Pathways display offers a unique way to pay tribute to someone special. Bricks can be engraved with a personalized dedication and will be installed around the Optical Deep Space Imaging system.


South Mountain Astronomy Club

Through a partnership with South Mountain Community College, Arizona Star Tales and local astronomy experts, ACNC will be sponsoring the South Mountain Astronomy Club (SMAC). SMAC will be a gathering space for astronomy enthusiasts to learn together and share their knowledge with the community through events and programs.


Family Science Learning

During Family Science Events, families can explore various STEM topics with each other, creating valuable social opportunities along with knowledge and skill building.


Field Trip Admission and Transportation

Our goal is to make SMEEC field trips accessible to all schools. A scholarship fund underwrites program fees along with transportation costs for field trips.


Summer Youth Transportation

The Summer Youth Program Transportation fund provides transportation for students attending local youth centers to come for enrichment learning at our South Mountain Environmental Education Center.