APEC Important

APEC offers many programs for teachers who work in various fields including:
•  Early Childhood
•  Elementary School
•  Middle/High School
•  Special Education
•  Science Coordinators
•  Undergraduate and Graduate college students
   majoring in Education

Customized Workshops Available for Groups of Educators


APEC or your school


APEC – 3 hours
  Your school – 2 hours


Minimum - 10 participants
  Maximum – 25 participants


Fee is based on program length


Workshops Include:

•  Interactive presentation on topic
•  Hands-on examination of related materials
•  Live animal demonstrations
•  Stimulating nature walk in Alley Pond Park’s
   various ecosystems
•  To enhance your APEC experience, lesson
   activities and materials will be provided that
   bring the world of natural science to your


Scheduling a Program

To schedule a program, contact:

Bonnie Bromberg at bbromberg@alleypond.com or (718) 229-4000 ext. 207.

June 8

Teacher Workshop: Butterflies, Bees and the Wonderful World of Insects
Adults: Elementary School Teachers and Homeschool Parents

Why do insects spark children’s curiosity? Teachers will learn about the important role butterflies, bees and insects play in nature. An engaging presentation, interactive activities and fun lesson ideas will be shared. Live animal demonstrations provide close-up discovery of these interesting invertebrates. An exciting walk to our local pond will inspire nature lovers of all ages! Participants will be given two butterfly larvae and a milkweed plant to share a great learning experience with their students. A light breakfast will be served. Limited to 25 participants.

Click here to register

TIME: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm FEE: $40


Explore Nature’s Classroom

APEC Professional Development Workshops provide teachers with scientific knowledge to enhance classroom lessons and activities. Workshops include supplemental materials for teachers to implement in the classroom. All teacher workshops are aligned with Common Core Learning Standards in Science.


Invertebrate Animals

Creepy Crawly Critters: Studying Insects and Arachnids

Insects and Arachnids are two of the most important Arthropods in nature. Although the body structure and life cycles of these animals differ, they share a lot in common. Lesson material will specifically focus on the importance of butterflies and spiders and how they contribute to survival of all living things.


Vertebrate Animals

Marvelous Mammals

Mammals are amazing creatures with many special traits. Their great diversity in appearance, development and adaptations spark curiosity and excitement. Discussion will include in-depth exploration of marsupials, monotremes and placental animals. Learn interesting facts about local wildlife and teach students about clues in nature that these animals leave behind.


Bird Characteristics and Adaptations for Survival

Feathers are only one of many unique characteristics that birds possess. Participants will learn about many more bird traits and examine several nests, eggs, feathers and bird skulls to better understand these wonderful animals. A comparison of beaks and feet will provide a better understanding of how these animals are adapted for survival.


Study of Herpetology: Radical Reptiles & Amazing Amphibians

Herpetology is the scientific study of reptiles and amphibians. These two animal classes have several things in common, yet there are many unique differences. Hands-on activities, comparisons of live animals and interactive lesson ideas will inspire teachers to bring exciting scientific investigation to the classroom.



Pond and Estuary Ecosystems: Comparison of Freshwater and Saltwater Organisms

A healthy ecosystem is dependent on the interrelationship between biotic and abiotic components. Participants will compare and contrast freshwater and saltwater organisms and conduct water testing from the local pond and salt marsh. A discussion of environmental factors threatening these ecosystems will help participants better understand the delicate balance in nature.


Seasonal Adaptations

Seasonal Adaptations: How Do Animals Prepare for Winter?

How do animals adapt to the cold temperatures and survive our harsh winters? Local wildlife prepare for inclement weather in several different ways. Participants will learn about behavioral adaptations including migration and dormancy (hibernation and torpor). Some animals such as rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, and many birds stay active and survive with a combination of physical and physiological changes.


Environmental Issues

Endangered & Invasive Species

Many animal species are threatened with extinction. Why are some species declining at a faster rate than others? How do habitat loss and the introduction of invasive species contribute to this global phenomenon? Participants will learn about major factors contributing to endangered species and better understand how choices can cause effective change.


Global Warming & Climate Change

As human populations are expanding, our dependence on fossil fuels and increased production of greenhouse gasses have created marked changes in the environment. Participants will learn the facts to better engage their students and teach them about the importance of how small daily changes can cause positive changes for Planet Earth.