*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.

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


Nature at Night Walks

Saturday evenings: 2/9, 3/9
6:45 – 7:45 p.m.

Experience and explore the desert at night, guided by your senses and a Park Ranger! Come over starting at 6 p.m. for chats with our Park Rangers before the walk begins.

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


Science and Stars Extravaganza

5:30 – 9 p.m. | Saturday: 3/2

Celebrate science with telescope viewings, live animals, astronomy chats, local science experts, and hands-on activities for all ages!

The park gate will be open until 8 p.m. for this event.

Donation of $5 per group suggested.


Birding at the Mountain

Saturday | 3/23, 4/20 | 9 – 11 a.m.

Join experienced birder Gordon Karre on a guided walk through our South Mountain trails, to explore the winged wonders that surround us all.

$5 per person, registration recommended to ensure space. Limited loaner binoculars available.


Fireside Chats

Wednesday evenings: 2/20, 3/6
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.


Storytime with Carol Hageman and Conrad Storad

Sunday, March 17: 10 – 11 a.m.

Award-winning authors Conrad Storad and Carol Hageman share their stories about turtles and tortoises of all shapes and sizes!  Join us for youth literature fun and learning at South Mountain Park.  

No registration necessary. FREE! All ages welcome.


Nocturnal Myths and Legends

6:45 – 7:45 p.m.
Saturday: 2/23

Explore tall tales and mysteries of the desert on a fun guided walk!

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


Science Nights at South Mountain

5:30 – 9 p.m. | Saturday: 3/2

Celebrate science with telescope viewings, live animals, astronomy chats, visiting local experts, and hands-on activities for all ages! The park gate will be open until 8 p.m. for this event.

Donation of $5 per group suggested.


Moonlight Walks

Saturday evenings: 2/16
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.


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

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 science.

Wednesday, 2/27 | 1-3 p.m.

Pollinators! (ages 6-9) | Pollination Ecology (ages 10-13)

Advance registration required. $12 per child, discounts available when registering multiple children.

Registration recommended to ensure space. Recommended for ages 6-13


South Mountain Jr. Explorers

9 a.m. – Noon
Saturdays: 2/16, 3/2/ 3/16

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: 2/16, 3/2, 3/16
Sundays: 2/17, 3/3, 3/17

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 a.m.

Saturdays: 2/16, 3/2, 3/16
Join us in the Dottie Gilbert Reading Room to enjoy our favorite desert stories.
FREE! Recommended for ages 2 – 10.


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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Feb 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…
Make & Take Market 9:00 am
Make & Take Market
Feb 2 @ 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
Feb 2 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Drop off the kids for outdoor adventures, crafts and desert stories, allowing adults to explore the 60+ miles of trails…
Storytime at South Mountain 9:30 am
Storytime at South Mountain
Feb 2 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Join us in the Dottie Gilbert Reading Room to enjoy our favorite desert stories. FREE! Recommended for ages 2 –…
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:00 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Feb 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
These brief walks introduce you to our beautiful South Mountain here in the Sonoran Desert. Free, but donations appreciated.
Science and Stars Extravaganza 5:30 pm
Science and Stars Extravaganza
Feb 2 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
5:30 – 9 p.m. | Saturday: 2/2, 3/2 Celebrate science with telescope viewings, live animals, astronomy chats, local science experts, and…
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Feb 3 @ 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 Market 9:00 am
Make & Take Market
Feb 3 @ 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…
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Fireside Chats 6:30 pm
Fireside Chats
Feb 6 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join our Park Rangers for fun and learning about South Mountain around the campfire. No registration necessary. FREE! All ages…
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Feb 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…
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:00 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Feb 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
These brief walks introduce you to our beautiful South Mountain here in the Sonoran Desert. Free, but donations appreciated.
Nature at Night Walks 6:45 pm
Nature at Night Walks
Feb 9 @ 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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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Feb 10 @ 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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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Feb 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…
Make & Take Market 9:00 am
Make & Take Market
Feb 16 @ 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
Feb 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Drop off the kids for outdoor adventures, crafts and desert stories, allowing adults to explore the 60+ miles of trails…
Storytime at South Mountain 9:30 am
Storytime at South Mountain
Feb 16 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Join us in the Dottie Gilbert Reading Room to enjoy our favorite desert stories. FREE! Recommended for ages 2 –…
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:00 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
These brief walks introduce you to our beautiful South Mountain here in the Sonoran Desert. Free, but donations appreciated.
Moonlight Walks 6:45 pm
Moonlight Walks
Feb 16 @ 6:45 pm – 8:00 pm
Enjoy a family-friendly stroll along our half-mile Judith Tunell Trail by the light of the moon, featuring our South Mountain…
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Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Feb 17 @ 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 Market 9:00 am
Make & Take Market
Feb 17 @ 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…
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Fireside Chats 6:30 pm
Fireside Chats
Feb 20 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Join our Park Rangers for fun and learning about South Mountain around the campfire. No registration necessary. FREE! All ages…
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CLOSED DURING THE DAY
CLOSED DURING THE DAY
Feb 23 all-day
SMEEC will be closed during the day, but open for programs in the evening.
Desert Play Space 9:00 am
Desert Play Space
Feb 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…
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks 10:00 am
‘Welcome to the Desert’ Walks
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
These brief walks introduce you to our beautiful South Mountain here in the Sonoran Desert. Free, but donations appreciated.
Nocturnal Myths and Legends 6:45 pm
Nocturnal Myths and Legends
Feb 23 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Explore tall tales and mysteries of the desert on a fun guided walk! Registration recommended to ensure space. $3 per…
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Silent Sunday 5:00 am
Silent Sunday
Feb 24 @ 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
Feb 24 @ 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
Feb 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
1-3 p.m. Designed for home school students, but open to all, Wild Science Academy is perfect for any young student…
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