*We reserve the right to cancel up to 48 hours in advance of program if minimum number of participants is not met.*

Explore the Night Sky

Learn about the universe through an interactive educational session, focusing each month on new astronomical topics while younger learners are engaged in both indoor and outdoor activities.

Thursday, 12/27: Mars: Let’s Go There

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Telescope viewing following, weather permitting

Registration recommended to ensure space. $6 per person, $15 groups of up to seven.


Bugs are Everywhere!

Thursday, 12/13 | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Did you know Arizona has more native pollinators than any other state?  Or the Palo Verde beetle never eats once it emerges from the soil?  Learn more about the incredible diversity of bugs of all shapes and sizes from our experienced Phoenix Zoo zookeepers, and meet a few live bugs up-close!

Registration recommended to ensure space. Recommended for ages 8 and up. FREE!


South Mountain AGLOW

Saturday, 12/22

5:30 – 9:00 p.m.

We light up the darkest night of the year, the Winter Solstice, with a beautiful half-mile, luminaria walk

along our Judith Tunell sidewalk trail, featuring artwork from local youth, with entertainers, food trucks, and a vendor market for last minute gifts!

FREE for all ages! 


Nature at Night Walks

TBD

6:45 – 7:45 p.m.

Track down scorpions and lichen with ultraviolet lights, take notice of nature’s sounds and savor the beautiful evening with a half-mile walk on a paved trail. Come over starting at 6 p.m. for chats with our Park Rangers about a variety of South Mountain topics before the walk begins.

Registration recommended to ensure space. $3 per person, all ages welcome. 


Fireside Chats

Saturday evening: 12/15
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Join our Park Rangers for fun and learning about South Mountain around the campfire.

No registration necessary. FREE! All ages welcome.


Moonlight Walks

6:45 – 8 p.m.
Enjoy a family-friendly stroll along our half-mile Judith Tunell Trail by the light of the moon, featuring our South Mountain Storytellers and fun facts about the desert night! Come over starting at 6 p.m. for chats with our Park Rangers about a variety of South Mountain topics before the walk begins.

Registration recommended to ensure space. $3 per person, all ages welcome. 


South Mountain Petroglyphs: Art of Observation

Thursdays, 1/17, 2/21, 3/21, 4/18 | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Join Peter Krocek, co-author of the definitive guide to petrogylphs at South Mountain, for an interactive lecture and photographs from his decades exploring these remnants of Hohokam culture at South Mountain Park. These are programs you won’t want to miss!

January 17 | Archaeoastronomy
February 21 | Hunting Magic
March 21 | Hieroglyphic Canyon: A Virtual Tour
April 18 | Spirits of South Mountain

Registration recommended to ensure space. $3 per person, recommended for ages 10 and up.


Desert Play Space

Every Saturday and Sunday | All day

Release your imagination in our Nature Play Space. Items designed to stimulate movement, creativity and self-directed learning are available amidst our courtyard and picnic area.


Phoenix Zoo Wild Science Academy at SMEEC

Wild Science Academy lets you explore the world of science with the Zoo as your classroom! These affordable and educational two-hour classes teach science through animal interactions, behind-the-scenes experiences, laboratory investigations, group projects, Zoo hikes and other inquiry-based learning activities. Designed for home school students, but open to all, Wild Science Academy is perfect for any young student with a desire to learn more about the science of zoos. Each class is also developed using Arizona Science Standards.

Registration recommended to ensure space | December 19, February 27

Recommended for ages 6-13


South Mountain Jr. Explorers

9 a.m. – Noon
Saturdays: 12/29
Winter Break: 1/2, 1/3, 1/4

Outdoor adventures, crafts and desert stories await youth ages 3 – 8, allowing adults to explore the 60+ miles of trails at South Mountain on their own or through a Discovery Hike!
Registration recommended to ensure space.

Recommended for ages 3-8$15 per child, please provide a water bottle and snacks for each participant.


Make & Take Market

Anytime between 10 a.m. and Noon
Saturdays: 12/29
Sundays: 12/30
Winter Break: 1/2, 1/3, 1/4

Drop into South Mountain Environmental Education Center for a few fun, nature-based “make & take” activities and crafts.

No registration required.  Recommended for ages 3-12. $3 per child. 


Storytime at South Mountain

9:30 and 11 a.m.
Saturdays: 12/29
Sundays: 12/30
Winter Break: 1/2, 1/3, 1/4

Join us in the Dottie Gilbert Reading Room to enjoy our favorite desert stories. Recommended for ages 2 – 10. 


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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Dec 1 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Release your imagination in our Nature Play Space. Items designed to stimulate movement, creativity and self-directed learning are available amidst…
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:00 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Dec 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Every Saturday | 10 a.m. – Noon, offered every half-hour Winter Break | 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 These brief walks for…
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Dec 2 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 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: Art of Observation 6:30 pm
South Mountain Petroglyphs: Art of Observation
Dec 6 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join Peter Krocek, co-author of the definitive guide to petrogylphs at South Mountain, for an interactive lecture and photographs from…
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Dec 8 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Release your imagination in our Nature Play Space. Items designed to stimulate movement, creativity and self-directed learning are available amidst…
Make & Take Fair 9:00 am
Make & Take Fair
Dec 8 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Drop into South Mountain Environmental Education Center for a few fun, nature-based “make & take” activities and crafts. No registration…
South Mountain Jr. Explorers 9:00 am
South Mountain Jr. Explorers
Dec 8 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Outdoor adventures, hands-on science, crafts and desert stories await youth ages 3 – 12, allowing adults to explore the 60+…
Discovery Hikes 9:30 am
Discovery Hikes
Dec 8 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Join us for hikes led by our expert Park Rangers, each focused on a different topic…
Storytime at South Mountain 9:30 am
Storytime at South Mountain
Dec 8 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
9:30 and 11 a.m. Saturdays: 11/10, 11/24, 12/8, 12/29 Sundays: 11/11, 11/25, 12/9, 12/30 Winter Break: 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 Join…
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:00 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Every Saturday | 10 a.m. – Noon, offered every half-hour Winter Break | 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 These brief walks for…
Nature at Night Walks 6:45 pm
Nature at Night Walks
Dec 8 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Experience and explore the desert at night, guided by your senses and a Park Ranger! Track down scorpions and lichen…
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Dec 9 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Release your imagination in our Nature Play Space. Items designed to stimulate movement, creativity and self-directed learning are available amidst…
Make & Take Fair 9:00 am
Make & Take Fair
Dec 9 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Drop into South Mountain Environmental Education Center for a few fun, nature-based “make & take” activities and crafts. No registration…
Storytime at South Mountain 9:30 am
Storytime at South Mountain
Dec 9 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
9:30 and 11 a.m. Saturdays: 11/10, 11/24, 12/8, 12/29 Sundays: 11/11, 11/25, 12/9, 12/30 Winter Break: 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 Join…
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Bugs are Everywhere! 6:30 pm
Bugs are Everywhere!
Dec 13 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Wednesday, 12/13 | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Did you know Arizona has more native pollinators than any other state?  Or…
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Release your imagination in our Nature Play Space. Items designed to stimulate movement, creativity and self-directed learning are available amidst…
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:00 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Dec 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Every Saturday | 10 a.m. – Noon, offered every half-hour Winter Break | 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 These brief walks for…
Fireside Chats 6:30 pm
Fireside Chats
Dec 15 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join our Park Rangers for fun and learning about South Mountain around the campfire. Our beautiful landscape and desert sunsets are…
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Dec 16 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 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 1:00 pm
Phoenix Zoo Wild Science Academy at SMEEC
Dec 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Wild Science Academy lets you explore the world of science with South Mountain Park as your classroom! These affordable and…
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Dec 22 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Release your imagination in our Nature Play Space. Items designed to stimulate movement, creativity and self-directed learning are available amidst…
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:00 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Dec 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Every Saturday | 10 a.m. – Noon, offered every half-hour Winter Break | 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 These brief walks for…
South Mountain Aglow 5:30 pm
South Mountain Aglow
Dec 22 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
We light up the darkest night of the year, the Winter Solstice, with a beautiful half-mile, luminaria walk along our…
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Silent Sunday 5:00 am
Silent Sunday
Dec 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…
Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Dec 23 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 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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Explore the Night Sky 6:30 pm
Explore the Night Sky
Dec 27 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Learn about the universe through an interactive educational session, focusing each month on new astronomical topics while younger learners are…
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Dec 29 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Release your imagination in our Nature Play Space. Items designed to stimulate movement, creativity and self-directed learning are available amidst…
Make & Take Fair 9:00 am
Make & Take Fair
Dec 29 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Drop into South Mountain Environmental Education Center for a few fun, nature-based “make & take” activities and crafts. No registration…
South Mountain Jr. Explorers 9:00 am
South Mountain Jr. Explorers
Dec 29 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Outdoor adventures, hands-on science, crafts and desert stories await youth ages 3 – 12, allowing adults to explore the 60+…
Discovery Hikes 9:30 am
Discovery Hikes
Dec 29 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Join us for hikes led by our expert Park Rangers, each focused on a different topic…
Storytime at South Mountain 9:30 am
Storytime at South Mountain
Dec 29 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
9:30 and 11 a.m. Saturdays: 11/10, 11/24, 12/8, 12/29 Sundays: 11/11, 11/25, 12/9, 12/30 Winter Break: 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 Join…
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:00 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Dec 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Every Saturday | 10 a.m. – Noon, offered every half-hour Winter Break | 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 These brief walks for…
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Dec 30 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Release your imagination in our Nature Play Space. Items designed to stimulate movement, creativity and self-directed learning are available amidst…
Make & Take Fair 9:00 am
Make & Take Fair
Dec 30 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Drop into South Mountain Environmental Education Center for a few fun, nature-based “make & take” activities and crafts. No registration…
Storytime at South Mountain 9:30 am
Storytime at South Mountain
Dec 30 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
9:30 and 11 a.m. Saturdays: 11/10, 11/24, 12/8, 12/29 Sundays: 11/11, 11/25, 12/9, 12/30 Winter Break: 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 Join…
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