Registration Information

 

Pre-registration is required for all programs.


Online Registration:

Please click here to register.

APEC is only able to accept in person or phone registrations Monday - Friday. You can register online at any time.

Please pay careful attention to the age range of the program you are registering for. Program fees are non-refundable. In the event that you register your child for a class that is not age appropriate, we will contact you to discuss transferring your child to an age appropriate program or hold the credit for a future class.



Payment:

If registering by phone or online, you must pay by credit card.



Waiting List:

If it appears that you will be closed out of a particular class, please put your name on the waiting list online. Additional classes may be added. You will be notified if that occurs.



Missed Classes:

No refunds or credits will be given for any missed programs.

If APEC is notified within one week that the registrant cannot attend or if APEC cancels the program, a registration credit the amount of the class will be applied to you account to be used for future APEC program registration.

Refunds will only be applied to multi-session programs if the spot is filled. If the spot in the program is not filled, a credit will be applied to your account. A $25 cancellation processing fee will be deducted from the total refunded or credited.



Make-up Policy:

There are NO make-up classes for single session programs.

A make-up session is only offered for children attending multi-session early childhood programs during the Fall, Winter or Spring. Only ONE make-up program is available, regardless of how many classes a child misses.

At the start of the semester, parents will be given a handout with the make-up class date. In order to attend the make-up session, you must notify the Early Childhood Coordinator at (718) 229-4000 ext. 207 to sign up for the class. Notification is required so adequate staff and materials are prepared.



Age Requirement:

Your child MUST reach the required age for a particular program either before or during the month that he/she begins that program.

All programs are drop-off unless otherwise noted. Parents must bring their child to the classroom for their drop-off program. Participants in drop off classes must able to use the bathroom independently.

Due to space constraints in our classrooms, one parent per child is permitted in parent participation classes.



Trial Classes:

APEC does not offer trial classes. Try one of our one-time weekend programs! They are an accurate representation of how we run our weekly programs.

APEC Senior GroupsAPEC offers 1 hour programs for Senior Citizen Groups both on and off site.

On site fees: $7.50/adult with a $50.00 minimum (staff is free)

Off-site Outreach: varies depending on number of programs and location

Friday
March 29

Lunchtime Learning Series: Birdwatching
Adults

Can you tell a red wing black bird from an American Robin by their call? Join APEC Educator Kasey Wildling for an hour of bird watching and learning to identify birds by their call. Pre-registration required.

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TIME: 12:30 – 1:30 FEE: $6*

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


 

Saturday
March 30

Starting Beekeeping: What you’ll Need and Need to Know
Adults

If you’re thinking about starting a backyard beehive or are just curious about what’s involved with keeping bees, then this is a great introductory class for you. Meet Master beekeeper, Ross Ber of Berz Beez, as he leads this one hour workshop. Enjoy honey sampling. Limited to 15 participants.

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TIME: 9:00 am – 10:00 am FEE: $12*

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


 

Thursday
April 11

Let’s Talk Gardening – Sip and Chat
Adults

Spring has sprung - what to do on your garden or the flower pot on your terrace! Join garden guru and seasoned lecturer, Terry C. , for a blooming good garden workshop. Her talk will include introducing new plants or flowers, time saving tips, and more. Bring your questions and share your ideas. Enjoy a complimentary beverage to sip on while we "talk garden". Limited to 15 participants.

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TIME: 7:00 - 8:00 FEE: $12*

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


 

Friday
April 12

Friends & Family CPR Training
Adults and children 14 and up

This course, led by members of the Glen Oaks Volunteer Ambulance Corps, teaches this AHA training the lifesaving skills of adult hands-only CPR and is for people who want to learn CPR but do not need a CPR course completion card to meet a job requirement.

This is ideal for new parents, grandparents, babysitters and others interested in learning how to save a life. Each student will receive a take home workbook for future reference. Limited to 12 participants. Free childcare provided. Light refreshments.

Funds raised from this program will go towards children’s programming and animal care.

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TIME: 6 – 8 pm FEE: $10*

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


 

Wednesday
April 17

APEC’s Book Circle
Adults

BOTM: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

Our book circle is designed for adults who enjoy a variety of books, and lively discussions over light refreshments in a pleasant setting. We meet monthly, usually the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Please pre-register if you plan on joining us as from time to time we will be outside of APEC.

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TIME: 6:00 – 7:30 pm FREE

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


 

Thursday
April 18

Lao Cooking with Chef Penn
Adults

Chef Penn Hongthong is back again to lead a hands on workshop and demonstration on how to cook simple and healthy Laotian cuisine. Penn is an author and the host of Simple Lao Cuisine on channel 20 East Hampton. Chef Penn’s cookbook will be available for purchase. Please call to find out what’s on the menu. Limited to 20 participants.

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TIME: 7:00 – 9: 00 pm FEE: $26*

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


 

Saturday
April 20

Guided Morning Bird Walk
Adults

Grab your binoculars and join fellow birders in a morning bird walk in search of different avian species along the trails of APEC. Led by a seasoned APEC naturalist, 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 – 11:30 FEE: $5*

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


 

Monday
April 22

Earth Day Wild Plant and Forage Walk
Adults

A wild plant and forage walk led by Marie Viljoen. Includes a wild inspired snack. Marie Viljoen is the author of Forage, Harvest, Feast - A Wild Inspired Cuisine. Marie approaches foraging from the perspective of a cook, mixologist, and kitchen gardener looking for new ingredients and flavors. Her emphasis is on both weedy or invasive plants, which could easily become commonly eaten and enjoyed vegetables, fruit or herbs, as well as indigenous flora whose unique qualities are unexplored by most cooks. On forage walks she discusses the do's and don't's of foraging, as well as culinary ideas and techniques for unfamiliar ingredients. All plants - not just edible - are part of the mobile discussion. Marie's goal on each walk is to tune the eye to the green details beneath our feet, so that we see the place where we live with newly appreciative eyes and a botanical sense of context. Limited to 25 participants.

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TIME: 5:00 – 6:30PM FEE: $10*

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


Earth Day: Earthly Legends
Families

Join us for our family Earth Day event. We’ll kick off the night on foot, as we take an early evening walk through our nature trails looking for wildlife and thinking about the hidden gifts nature gives us. Then the rest of the night will be spent close to the fire circle as we listen to legends of our planet’s beginning. Stories will be interactive and kid friendly. Craft and snacks included. Campfire snacks like marshmallows, orange slices, and tomatoes included. Limited to 30 participants.

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TIME: 6:00-8:00 FEE: $3*

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


Wednesday
April 24

Earth Day Special Events for Families: Earth Day Drop, Swap and Shop
Open to all

Start your Spring cleaning by celebrating Mother Earth at APEC’s Earth Day Drop, Swap and Shop event. Drop off your gently used, clean and functional children’s toys, games, puzzles and books.

Grab a complimentary reusable bag and let the fun begin. Each participant is limited to bring and take one box or bag of donations. In addition to the swap there will be Animal Meet and Greet sessions, guided nature walks with Mother Earth and her friends, music and raffle baskets. Donations toward our Butterfly Garden greatly appreciated.

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TIME: 1:00 – 4:00 pm

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


 

Thursday
April 25

Earth Day Presentation
Adults

THE CLIMATE CRISIS: What Does The Recent UN Report Mean and What Can We Do As Individuals?

Guest Speaker: Peggy Kurtz The recent UN Climate Report made clear the urgency of the climate crisis. It is imperative that we take action now to avoid runaway climate change.

* What is happening and why?

*What impacts will we see in the next fifty years?

*What are the key messages in the recent UN Report?

* Most of all, what are the solutions and what can we do as individuals?

Peggy Kurtz is the Director of Cultural Arts & Jewish Heritage Programs at Commonpoint Queens, formerly known as the Central Queens Y. She is a long time, EPA award winning, leader in her community. Free presentation, registration required. Free childcare provided.

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TIME: 7:00 - 8:30 pm Free

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


 

Friday
May 3

Self Defense Seminar
Adults

This seminar will be an instruction on basic self-defense from Coach Butch and Amanda Rinaldi. We will go over true to life scenarios and how to properly escape them.

This segment will include both the psychological and physical aspects of self-defense, such as, how to defend against someone trying to pin you to the ground, control you by grabbing your hair etc. Also, we will learn to defend basic punches and review some vital strikes on an attacker. Learning these tactics will boost your confidence in your ability to get out of potentially threatening situations. Limited to 25 participants.

Free childcare provided. Coach Butch is a boxing coach, former Marine and bouncer, while Coach Amanda is a competitive amateur boxer. Funds raised from this seminar will go towards enhancing our early childhood program and animal care.

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TIME: 6:30 – 8 pm FEE: $10*

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


 

Saturday
May 4

Spring Bird Walk for Beginners
Ages 8 and up (children must be accompanied by adult)

Walk around APEC’s marsh accompanied by Nancy Tognan of the Queens County Bird Club. Look for our resident breeding birds as well as those passing through on their northward migration. Meet at APEC at 9:30 for a brief orientation; learn to use binoculars and a field guide. Bring binoculars if you have them.

This walk will cover some rough terrain and is not suitable for persons with limited mobility. We will cover about 2 miles through the marsh. Please wear long pants and close-toed shoes that may get muddy; you may wish to tuck your pant legs into your socks as a tick deterrent. You may bring insect-repellant and drinking water. Although this walk is free, pre-registration is required as space is limited. Limited to 20 participants.

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TIME: 9:30 – 11:30 Free

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


 

Saturday
May 11

Mother’s Day Nature Facials
Ages 8 – up

Spend quality time with your mother and enjoy the rejuvenating benefits of nature! This natural facials class, for mother and child, will liberate your skin’s potential and restore balance where needed. With tranquil music and scented candles creating a relaxing atmosphere, mothers and children will combine natural products such as mint, honey, cucumbers, bananas, crushed oats & egg whites to cleanse and soften their skin. Remember to wear comfortable clothes! A healthy snack and beverage included. Space limited…register early.

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TIME: 10:30 – 12:00 FEE: $38*

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


 

Saturday
May 11

Aromatherapy Class for Anxiety & Stress
Adults

Modern society doesn't always give us a chance to let our guard down. In this 90-minute workshop, Certified Aromatherapist, Ann Mascia, will guide you in learning about natural remedies for stress and anxiety.

This workshop encompasses a discussion of prescription drugs' side effects, potential consequences and a how the use of natural techniques, herbs and essential oils can help you to increase your ability to deal in today's world. The class includes a take-home DIY aromatherapy project that empowers you to increase your personal capacity to deal with stressors. Limited to 20 participants.

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TIME: 4 – 5:30 FEE: $24*

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


 

Wednesday
May 15

APEC’s Book Circle
Adults

BOTM: Blue Magic by Debby Bloch.

Our book circle is designed for adults who enjoy a variety of books, and lively discussions over light refreshments in a pleasant setting. We meet monthly, usually the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Please pre-register if you plan on joining us as from time to time we will be outside of APEC.

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TIME: 6:00-7:30pm Free

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


 

Thursday
May 23

Homemade Pasta and How to Make Tomato Sauce
Adults

Join Julie Reilly, founder of Chefs d’Future, LLC, for this interactive workshop where participants will learn how to make homemade gnocchi. Using dough to craft the pasta, participants will make and take home about one pound each (to boil at home). This will be followed by a demonstration on how to make tomato sauce. There will be enough sauce for everyone to take some home. Limited to 20 participants.

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TIME: 6:30 – 8 pm FEE: $25*

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


 

Saturday
June 1

GreenMarket Taste and Tour
Adults

Presentations will introduce the Greenmarket, who we are, where we are, and what we do, include information about benefits accepted in the markets, including SNAP/EBT, Health Bucks, and more, present information about healthy eating, and include a cooking demonstration using Greenmarket produce – with a sampling for attendees. This presentation includes admission to a free tour with Susie Spodek of GrowNYC, at the Forest Hills Greenmarket, on Sunday June 2nd (time to be given at the end of this program). Limited to 15 participants.

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TIME: 3 – 4 pm FEE: $*10!

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


 

Friday
June 7

Astor Apiaries Presents Home Brewing with Honey (mead making)
Adults 21+

Always wanted to brew an adult beverage in the comfort of your own home? Join local beekeeper, hobby home brewer and co-founder of Astor Apiaries, Nick Hoefly, to learn the process of turning honey into mead.

Class will start with a brief discussion on the basics of simple home brewing, and a honey and mead tasting. Following the tasting, Nick will demonstrate and prepare a gallon of mead starter and answer any questions. Students will leave with a handout outlining the information discussed in the class and some recipes. This class is geared toward beginner homebrewers with little to no experience brewing. Limited to 15 participants.

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TIME: 7 – 8:30 FEE: $24*

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


 

Wednesday
June 19

APEC’s Book Circle
Adults

BOTM: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: A Novel by Gail Honeyman.

Our book circle is designed for adults who enjoy a variety of books, and lively discussions over light refreshments in a pleasant setting. We meet monthly, usually the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Please pre-register if you plan on joining us as from time to time we will be outside of APEC.

Click here to register

TIME: 6:00 – 7:30 pm Free

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


 

Wednesday
June 26

Casual Summer Wine and Food Pairing
Adults 21+

Robust Red, Stinky Cheeses & Hors D'oeuvres Whether you're looking for party ideas or just want to have fun and a fascinating time sampling lush red wines from around the world with hearty cheeses and beautiful hors d'oeuvres. Come spend an evening with Nicola Campbell, Chef Mom as she discusses pairing food with wines as you sip and eat the evening away. Limited to 20 participants.

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TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 FEE: $26*

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


 


Ongoing

APEC Hiking Club and Trail Crew

Our Hiking Club is for adults, and we will explore local areas suited for easy to moderate hikes. We will also contribute to the muscle required to develop a Trail Crew to benefit the Environmental Center. APEC membership is required, and we will also be members of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference (requiring additional dues). The Club covers these extra costs by chipping in $2 per monthly outing that you attend. The Conference will guide us in how we develop the trail crew. We intend to whistle while we work, so come out for the fun.

We will have a monthly informational meeting to discuss plans for upcoming hikes, monthly outings and other opportunities, in addition to the regular weekly hikes planned by the group (weather and season permitting). Plan to join us to see what we are up to on the dates listed below! APEC Hikers takes advantage of the fine weather and longer days by scheduling weekly hikes for its membership. To learn more about these hikes and our regular outings, please visit www.facebook.com/APEC.hikers or e-mail the Club facilitator at tom0153 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

6:45 PM- 8:00 PM

MondayMarch 25, April 29, May 20 and June 24

 

Adult Citizen Science Club

Galileo studied changes in the surface of the sun. Charles Darwin noticed differences in the beaks of Galápagos finches. People noticing loss of crows heralded West Nile disease.

We challenge you to carefully observe and document something that interests you, be it a pattern, a change, or a trend that’s happening now or that occurred in the past.

You can use a variety of techniques to make and record your observations, such as photography, video, drawing, data visualization, note-taking—any method that helps you share what you’ve seen in a way that tells a story, suggests a possible explanation, or raises further questions. Be curious, and make us curious too.

All you have to do is: Attend our meetings! Help start this club off on the right path.

meetings are on the Second and Fourth Sundays of the Month at 10:00am at APEC