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228-06 Northern Boulevard
Douglaston, NY 11362
(718) 229-4000

(having trouble with a GPS? Try using Little Neck as the town instead)

APEC is located just east of the Cross Island Parkway on Northern Blvd. in Northeast Queens. We are a one story green building with parking behind the Center.

Public Transportation: Flushing Line (7 train) to Main St.; Q12 bus to Northern Blvd. (East). APEC has a bus stop right in front of the Center. It is the first building on the right after the Cross Island Parkway. The LIRR stops at Bayside (Port Washington line), and you can walk south to Northern Blvd. and catch the Q12 bus.


APEC Building

Visit the Alley Pond Environmental Center for a living – learning experience in environmental education in New York City.Our nature trails traverse ponds, salt marshes, forests and meadows where visitors will see shore birds, migrating flocks, and a variety of small animals. Or, visitors can attend one of APEC's many nature oriented programs for children and adults. Please explore our website to learn more.

APEC is dedicated to establishing awareness, understanding and appreciation of the environment and to preserving nature in an urban setting.


The building is open 7 days a week, except for major holidays. Monday - Friday APEC is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and we have varying hours on the weekend. Call ahead if coming in on a weekend. Please check the APEC calendar for closures. Walking trails are open from dawn to dusk, year ‘round.

Parking and entrance to the building and grounds is free, but we do have a suggested donation of $5 per person. You can contribute right at the front desk of APEC if you wish to do so!

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Friday
January 18

Lunch Hour Learning Monthly Series: Preparing Your Garden for Spring
Adults

QBG expert will led this workshop which will focus on caring for your plants and soil appropriately. The workshop will cover soil testing, cover crops, compost application, and planning tips to help you get your garden rolling as soon as the weather warms up. Bring your own lunch. Participants will receive a compost goodie bag and compostable pot to start seedlings in. Limited to 25 participants. These informal workshops are specifically designed for adults. They are led by experts in their field and typically held once a month covering a different focus each time. Please check our website or call for future guest speakers and to register.

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TIME: 12:30 – 1:30 pm FEE: $6*!

*Members receive 15% or more on program fees. Sign up today to support our center and start getting your discount!


Saturday
January 19

Pooping Butterflies: Fire Types Welcome
Ages 8-11

The world is wacky, but it’s beautiful too! Join us as we explore the question “What does it mean to be alive?” through hands on science and art. Each session participants will conduct experiments with live animals or plants. Students will have special access to the APEC greenhouse, live animals, and our patch of the wild!

Not all things that grow and breathe are living. Join us as we explore the difference. We’ll lean fire safety as we try our hands in the art of the spark. Participants will meet a native bird that relies on forest fires to make its habitat, and they’ll plant some seeds that need a good toasting to grow, only after testing their ability to beat the heat first! Marshmallows won’t be the only thing we’ll be roasting in this fire filled program. Limited to 10 participants.

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TIME: 10:00 - 11:30 FEE: $24*!

*Members receive 15% or more on program fees. Sign up today to support our center and start getting your discount!


Saturday
March 9

Morning Bird Walk
Adults

Grab your binoculars and join fellow birders in an early morning bird walk as we search for different bird species along the trails of APEC. Led by a seasoned APEC naturalist, we will meet at 9 am. This walk may cover some rough terrain and may not be suitable for persons with limited mobility. Limited to 10 participants.

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TIME: 10 am – 11:30 am FEE: $5*!

*Members receive 15% or more on program fees. Sign up today to support our center and start getting your discount!