Registration Information


Pre-registration is required for all programs.

Registration for Fall 2017 begins on June 20, 2017 at 1:00 pm.


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.


If registering by phone or online, you must pay by credit card. If you are registering in person, we prefer payment by cash or check (payable to APEC).

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 programs. You may give your spot to another child if the child is the appropriate age for the program. Please phone APEC to let us know the switch of names.

Make-up Policy:

A make-up session is only offered for children attending multi-session programs during the regular school year. 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. Make-up classes are not available for summer programs.

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. Participants in drop off classes must be able to use the bathroom independently .

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


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.

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TIME: 4:00 Free


October 17

APEC’s Book Circle

Book of the Month: Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover Our book circle is for adults who enjoy a variety of books, and lively discussions over light refreshments in a pleasant setting.

We will 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 FREE


October 20

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

Walk through APEC’s trails, accompanied by a member of Queens County Bird Club. Try to spot our various species of birds – both the year-round residents and the multitudes of warblers migrating through at this time. Listen for their songs. Learn to use binoculars and a field guide. Wear hiking shoes, sneakers, or other closed-toe shoes that you won’t mind getting muddy. Bring binoculars if you have them.

Although this walk is free, pre-registration is required as spots are limited. This walk will cover some rough terrain and is not suitable for persons with limited mobility. Limited to 20 participants

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TIME: 9:30 – 11 FREe


October 27

An Afternoon With The New York Botanical Gardens
Ages 14 – adult (minors must be accompanied by an adult)

Daniel Atha, Director of Conservation Outreach at The New York Botanical Garden, will present a talk about its EcoFlora project (an effort to document all of the plant species that call our City home and the threats that face them). Join the discussion about nature in NYC and how we can all work together for the same onservation goals.

There should be time for experimentation with a short field trip for items of special interest to the APEC membership. If you are a user of the phone app found at, you will hear of its use in NYC conservation efforts.

Brought to you by the members of the Alley Creek Ecoquest Club here at APEC (see elsewhere in Tidings). Registration required.

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TIME: 1 – 3:30 Free for Members, $6 Not Yet Members


November 1

Let the Power of Shamanic/Empathic Healing Help you Achieve your Goals and Dreams

We all have dreams, goals and aspirations we wish to achieve in our lives, but many times those accomplishments lie unfulfilled, limited by our fears and negative experiences. Shamanic/Empathic Healing helps to eliminate those limitations by releasing them at their source. It doesn’t rely on an intellectual or mind-over-matter model to succeed. Its focus is working with the cellular memories that hold the thoughts, fears and experiences which have held us back from achieving our goals.

When we look at what has held you back from creating your dreams and discharge that memory or negative experience at its source - personal growth, empowerment and a rapid movement forward ensue. In this unique program, Gary Spolansky, Shamanic/Empathic Healer – Reiki Master will demonstrate the power of Shamanic/Empathic Healing. As an added bonus, all attendees will have the opportunity to experience a mini-healing session as time allows. Limited to 20 participants.

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TIME: 7 – 9 pm FEE: $26*

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


November 3

Henna Darling Workshop
Teens- Adults

In this introductory workshop you will learn about the various botanical and cultural significance of the henna plant, and the characteristic of various regional style. Participants will see how the henna paste is prepared and try their hand at using a henna cone to create their own design.

Beginners are welcome! The artist behind Henna Darling is Fatima. She grew up steeped in the culture; she had a henna tree in her backyard! She enjoys every aspect of henna and loves teaching it to others. Her workshop has been featured in NY1. Experience includes sipping a cup of organic Moroccan sweet mint tea. Limited to 15 participants.

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TIME: 4 – 5:30 FEE: $28*

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


Nov 5 – Dec 10

Tai Chi - 6 week series

Certified Instructor Elaine Fleischman is back by popular demand for her Beginner's Tai Chi. Learn exercises to reduce stress and anxiety, create harmony and peace in your life, relieve aches and pains and more. Bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable clothes. Limited to 12 participants.

Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26, Dec. 3, 10

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TIME: 6:00 – 7:00 FEE: $108*

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


November 8

Climate Change Literacy for Environmental Educators

This presentation will provide an introduction to climate science based on the principles of the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s Climate Literacy Framework and an overview of projected climate change effects based on the Third National Climate Assessment and state reports.

Additional information will be provided on New York State programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the effects of climate change, and suggestions for individual and community responses to the challenge of climate change.

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TIME: 6:30 – 8:00 Free to the public


November 15

Pedal Power Pesto Making!

Come ride the Sweetcycle with chef Kate Zuckerman. We will make three different pestos on our blender bikes using pedal power.

This is an interactive cooking workshop where we will learn about the raw ingredients in a pesto sauce. In addition to making three different pestos we will discuss the emulsion science in the pesto sauce and learn about the key ingredients that make up the sauce. By the end of the workshop you will learn how to build your own pesto recipe based on the nuts, seeds, oils and herbs that appeal to your taste. We will also enjoy the fruits of your labor at the end of the workshop with roasted vegetables, chips and pasta to accompany the pestos. Limited to 15 participants.

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TIME: 6:00 – 8:00 FEE: $31*

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


December 12

APEC’s Book Circle

Book of the Month: That Month in Tuscany by Inglath Cooper.

Our book circle is for adults who enjoy a variety of books, and lively discussions over light refreshments in a pleasant setting. We will 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 FREE



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 or e-mail the Club facilitator at tom0153 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

6:45 PM- 8:00 PM

Monday Sept. 24, Oct. 29, Nov. 26 and Dec. 17 


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