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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!

Tidings is Alley Pond Environmental Center's program guide.
This quarterly newsletter features all upcoming programming for all ages.
Our programs include weekly early childhood classes (programs are available for children
as early as 12 months old), weekend programs including environmental classes,
and a variety of adult programs.

August 19

Turnip the Beet: “Melon-cholic” Mood
Ages 8-11

Get ready to plant, pick, study, and maybe even taste some strange and unusual summer melon species. Out in the park we will learn to identify local melon plants. While we work in our greenhouse we’ll listen to the blues to get in a sweet, soulful, melon-choly mood. Students will take home fresh melon from the harvest they pick. During this gardening club tweens can build agriculturalist, survivalist, and naturalist skills while working on environmental stewardship projects in the park. During each session we will garden in the APEC greenhouse to the “beet” of musical genres from classical to pop, from hip-hop to bebop. Along the way, we’ll learn what plants need, and why we need them. Sign up online to join.

Click here to register

TIME: 9:30-11:00 FEE: $18 Members, $24 Not Yet a Member

August 27

Brown Bin Compost Workshop with Queens Botanical Garden
Adults & Teens

Get your questions about NYC's Organics Collection Program answered by a representative from the NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden. They will share tips on how to keep your trash, recycling, and organics areas clean and easy to manage. In a building of 10+ units and want to enroll? First check to see if your area is receiving service (, then come to the workshop to learn more!


TIME: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm FREE