Become a member (online or using our PDF Form) to enjoy discounts on programs and products, be invited to members only events and support the Center.

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(718) 229-4000 or email us

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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!



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


October 31

Spooktacular Celebration
Ages 18 months – 4 years (parent participation)

Join us for a ghoulish gathering and begin your Halloween celebration at APEC! Come in costume to play games, make a not-so-spooky craft and pick a pumpkin from our mini-pumpkin patch.

Stop by our “Exploration Station” to observe live turtle and touch a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach. Pre-registration required. Limited to 50 children.

Click here to register

TIME: 12:30 – 2:00 FEE: $16*

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

November 11

Pet CPR & First Aid
Teens - Adults

Do YOU know how to help your pet in an emergency? Learn the lifesaving skills needed. Hosted by Paws N Claws 911, this workshop is designed for anyone with an interest in protecting the safety and wellness of animals. Training is geared towards pet parents, pet care professionals, groomers, dog sitters, dog walkers, vet techs, and animal rescue group volunteers.

Taught by a 25+ year seasoned pre-hospital care provider and educator, the class includes lecture, demonstration and an emphasis on hands on skills practice to ensure your proficiency in the life saving skills presented. Save $10 off the regular $75 registration fee. Includes handbook, certificate and emergency muzzle.

Limited seats – register today.

To register, visit & click “register online” Questions? Tom Rinelli 631-721-8129.

TIME: 11 – 3 pm FEE: $65