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South Mountain Environmental Education Center (SMEEC)

  • 10409 S. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85042
    • Phone: (623) 334-7880
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No visit to South Mountain Park is complete without a stop at SMEEC. Whether you’re looking for tips to enjoy family, friends or solo time in the Park, a deeper understanding of the plants, animals and history of South Mountain or a place to hold your next memorable private event, SMEEC has something for everyone.

General Information
  • Hours of Operation: Open for events
  • Miles to Light Rail Station: 7
  • Miles to Downtown Phoenix: 7.7
  • Miles to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport: 8.9
  • Kid Friendly:

Junior Explorers

September 21, 2019 to November 9, 2019
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Looking for an opportunity to take a hike on your own? Kids love our Junior Explorers program featuring fun outdoor adventures,…
Learn about the night sky through talks, activities, and stargazing; weather permitting. Hosted by South Mountain Astronomy…
Israel is well known as one of the best places in the world to witness and truly experience bird migration. Join us and…

Drop-in Desert Discoveries

September 21, 2019 to November 23, 2019
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Explore the Sonoran Desert through self-guided crafts, stories and hands-on activities.

Nature Play

September 22, 2019 to December 29, 2019
Recurring weekly on Sunday
Release your imagination in our Nature Play Space. Items designed to stimulate movement, creativity and self-directed learning…

Nature at Night Walks

September 28, 2019 to December 7, 2019
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Experience and explore the desert at night, guided by your senses and a Park Ranger! Come over starting at 6 p.m. for chats…
Dr. Steve Presse, Arizona State University

Moonlight Walks

October 12, 2019 to November 9, 2019
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Enjoy a family-friendly stroll along our half-mile Judith Tunell Trail by the light of the moon, featuring our South Mountain…
Join us for a special trek into arguably the richest and densest collection of petroglyphs in South Mountain. Peter…

Ranger "Ride Along" Tour

October 12, 2019 to December 28, 2019
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Tours offered at 8:30 – 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – Noon each date. With experienced Park Rangers and…
Join experienced birder Gordon Karre on a guided walk through our South Mountain trails, to explore the winged wonders that…

Discovery Hikes

October 19, 2019 to November 23, 2019
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Join us for “adults only” hikes led by our expert park rangers, each focused on a different topic and unique hiking…

Fireside Chats

October 23, 2019 to December 27, 2019
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Join our Park Rangers for fun and learning about South Mountain around the campfire.
Join photographer Peter Krocek for an interactive lecture about his decades exploring remnants of Hohokam culture at South…

Junior Explorers

November 23, 2019 to December 14, 2019
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Looking for an opportunity to take a hike on your own? Kids love our Junior Explorers program featuring fun outdoor adventures,…