Our secondary education programs focus on supplementing Middle School, Regents, and Advanced Placement curricula in the sciences. Through hands-on experiences implementing the scientific method with sampling, environmental testing, and observations in the field, students gain a true sense of ecology in New York City’s natural habitats.

All programs are designed to enrich the NYC science curriculum objectives through the medium of Alley Pond Park’s urban ecosystems.


Please Note:

Due to high demand for school trips, space is limited. As a result, $50 nonrefundable deposit for each class attending the school trip is required at the time of booking.

There is an additional $15 materials fee per class for groups requesting to do the water quality testing experiment, due upon arrival.

A $40 fee will be charged on all returned checks.

Day of Trip Guidelines:

    •  Leave students on the bus and have one teacher register and pay for your group at the Front Desk.
    •  Please have count of students, staff, and chaperones attending. We accept all major credit cards, checks, and cash.
    •  If your bus is running late please call APEC at 718-229-4000 and we will try to accommodate you. However, we must try to stay within the scheduled time constraints of your trip.
    •  Please dress appropriately for a nature walk – i.e. closed shoes, rain gear, etc.
    •  In warmer weather please have children apply insect repellent outside. Please remember that repellents reduce your chances of mosquito or tick bites. Pack your own repellent, APEC does not provide or sell bug spray.
    •  APEC does not supply hand sanitizer or paper towels.

Directions to APEC:

Our location is 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, NY 11362. APEC is located just east of the Cross Island Parkway on Northern Blvd. in Northeast Queens. We’re a one story green building with parking behind the Center.

PLEASE NOTE: frequently bus drivers and groups confuse us with Alley Pond Park, which is located 10-15 minutes south of us. This error will make you quite late for your program; please try to avoid!

When using a GPS, if Douglaston does not work, try Little Neck

Post Trip Guidelines

Please be sure to check for ticks. Follow this link for CDC advice on how to do so.


Class visits are by reservation only.
To schedule a visit, please call the Upper Grades Coordinator at (718) 229-4000 ext. 202.

Middle School and High School programs are 2 hours in length. Due to space and staffing constraints, class sizes for Middle and High School trips are limited to 30 students, and group sizes are limited to 60 students. Programs include an indoor lecture tailored to your group’s grade level(s), a guided interpretive nature walk, and a field study component.

Choose from the following topics:

Wetland Ecology
Forest Ecology
Pond Ecology (rec. 6th-8th grade)
  • Animal Adaptations (rec. 6th-8th grade)
  • Invertebrate Animals
  • Geology of Long Island and NYC (rec. 8th-12th grade)
  • Water Cycles and Watersheds
  • Climate Change
  • Endangered Species


For program descriptions, prices, and more, see our
Middle School and High School Trip Brochure.