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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!

We will begin accepting bookings for our 2018-2019 school year for both class field trips to our center and for outreach programs where our educators visit your classroom as of September 4th, 2018.


Call for All Outreach and Field Trips (Grades Pre-K)
Call for Field Trips (Grades K-2)  
Call for Field Trips (Grades 3-5)
Call for Field Trips (Grade 6-12)

Due to a problem with Verizon’s major cable under Northern Blvd our regular phone line is very intermittent. Please use the above temporary numbers until at least October when hopefully our main phone lines will be repaired.

When you call, remember that a $50 per class deposit is required to secure your spot.



October 13

It’s Electric! Learn how the sun can create enough energy to power a car!

Alley Pond Environmental Center and EmPower Solar bring this workshop to Queens families this fall. This STEM workshop covers the basics of energy, electricity, electric vehicles, batteries, and includes a lesson on how to build your own solar-powered toy car.

The workshop will also help children explore how our energy and transportation choices can affect our natural environment and local wildlife. This workshop will be based in our rustic Log Cabin with a nature walk, weather permitting. Appropriate for children ages 6-14 with parent. Limited to 20 participants.

Click here to register

TIME: 11:00 – 1:00 FEE: $10* per child (must be accompanied by adult)

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

October 20

APEC’s Annual Membership Meeting
Open to All APEC Members

All APEC members are cordially invited to attends APEC’s Annual Membership Meeting.

Join us Saturday, October 20th at 4:00pm with an Autumn Concert by Donnie Mariano APEC Board and Staff appreciate the support of members like you.

Our members are the heart of our organization. Without our members, APEC would not be able to serve over 72,000 persons a year with nature programs. A brief Membership Meeting with Elections will be held followed by the free concert open to the public.

Free but Limited seats Pre-register by October 12th online at or by calling at 718-229-4000.

Click here to register

TIME: 4:00 Free