APEC provides class visits for thousands of school children each year. All workshops provide educational concepts about various aspects of Alley Pond Park's living environment. Programs have been adapted to New York State Core Curriculum Standards and Expectations.

Program Fees:
$8.00 per child
$4.00 per parent chaperone

Please Note:

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

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

Day of Trip Guidelines

• Leave children on 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.

• For classes booked in the Forest Room, the Sun Room or the Log Cabin please note that your instructor will pack your class craft to go.

• 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 check your child.

School Trip


Registrations are now open for summer camp visits to the center.

For program descriptions, prices, registration information, and policies about our
Kindergarten through Grade 5 Programs, please see our:

Class Visits are by reservation only.
To Schedule a trip call 718-229-4000.

over 20 different topics to choose from:

Invertebrate Animals
1) Earthworms
2) Detect and Inspect: Insects and Their Morphology
3) Amazing Arachnids
4) Marine Invertebrates
Vertebrate Animals
5) Mammal Make-Up
6) Feathered Friends
7) Profiles of Reptiles
8) Awesome Amphibians
9) Animals and Their Young
10) Fascinating Forests in Alley Pond Park
11) Pond Discovery
12) Wetlands Biodiversity
Human Impact, Natural Resources & Sustainability
13) Native Americans in Queens: The Original Conservationists
14) The Nature of Water
15) Endangered Species
16) Climate Change
17) Trash in NYC: Recycle, Reuse, Reduce
18) NYC's Drinking Water: Where Does it Come From

Seasonal Specials
19) Seasonal Adaptations
20) Winter Clues (December – March)
21) Beautiful Butterflies (April – June)