Registration Policy:

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.



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:

If it appears that you will be closed out of a particular class, please put your name on the waiting list online. You will be notified via phone call or email if any changes occur, and your child has a space in the program.

Additional classes may be added. You will be notified if that occurs.



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.

Saturday
November 17

Animal Tales: Getting Ready for Thanksgiving
Ages 2-4 years (parent participation)

Instill a love of reading with your little ones in this fun class! Share a seasonal book, make a craft, enjoy a nature walk and meet live animal guests that are characters from the story. Limited to 8 participants and ONE adult per child. No siblings except babies staying in infant seats.

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TIME: 10:30 – 11:45 FEE: $18*

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


Young Chefs Give Thanks for the 6th year!
Ages 8 – 12

Thanksgiving is customarily a time to give thanks for the harvest and appreciate everything we are blessed with. Keeping this in mind, our Young Chefs will "shop" for goods in our “APEC” supermarket and together, create Thanksgiving baskets filled with groceries for families that are less fortunate to enjoy over the holidays.

Young Chefs will also prepare two mouthwatering treats: Turkey Pretzel Bites and Apple Brown Betty! All materials included. Limited to 8 participants. (Cost of baskets to be donated included in class fee.)

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TIME: 10:30 – 12:00 pm FEE: $30*

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


Little Cooks: Snacks to Share
Ages 5-7

For those little ones who just can’t wait to be a Young Chef. Here’s something just for you. APEC little cooks will have fun learning about an animal, and then help make a delicious snack to compliment what they’ve learned. All materials included.The key to happiness: give thanks often. The best way to say thanks is to share a treat with your friend and family this season!

You might not guess it, but no APEC animal knows this better than our cockroaches. Come meet a cockroach to feed and name. Learn how to make an easy, healthy, sharable, and savory fall appetizer. Leave the class with a plate of mini treats to share at home. Limited to 8 participants.

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TIME: 11:00-12:00 FEE: $22*

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

 

Sunday
November 18

APEC Adventure Time: Furry Friends
Ages 18-36 months (parent participation)

Toddlers and parents/caregivers enjoy some special time together as they socialize with other youngsters and learn about nature. Each class focuses on a different science theme and includes live animal guests, art projects, trail walks, and children’s literature. Touch and feel a variety of soft, furry animals including a rabbit and chinchilla. Limited to 8 participants with ONE adult per child. No siblings except babies staying in infant seats.

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TIME: 10:30 – 11:45 FEE: $18*

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

 

Sunday
November 25

I Want to Be a Vet
Ages 5-7 (drop-off)

Does your child dream of being a veterinarian? Send them to APEC to learn the basics of animal care. All animals need food, water and shelter to survive, but pets sometimes need medical care too.

Enjoy pretend play in the Animal Hospital, examine animal x-rays, groom the rabbits, listen to the heartbeat of a lizard and make a special treat for the guinea pigs. Class includes a nature walk and meeting live animal guests. Limited to 8 children.

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TIME: 9:00- 11:00 FEE: $24*

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


Advanced Animal Care Trainee
Ages 10-13**

Have you ever wondered what your pet was thinking, or whether or not the fly on the wall could feel emotions like we do? We’re taking animal care to a whole new level as we study APEC animals’ species-specific behavior. We’ll practice techniques that help us better connect to birds, reptiles, and small mammals, and give their lives more purpose and joy.

Learn more about animal needs that go beyond water, food, and a clean shelter. Help care for our animals and all their quirks by learning how to train them, engage them, pamper them, and supplement their diets. Participate in a fun craft that will be used for the enrichment of one of our many animal ambassadors! Limited to 8 participants.

**Prerequisite Requirement: Participation in a prior Animal Care Trainee program is a must in order to qualify for Advanced Animal Care Trainee (Please do not register if you have not participated in Animal Care Trainee; contact Zachary at Ext. 204 for further assistance).

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TIME: 9:00 – 11:00 FEE: $23*

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

 

Saturday
December 1

Animal Tales: Winter Celebration
Ages 2-4 years (parent participation)

Instill a love of reading with your little ones in this fun class! Share a seasonal book, make a craft, enjoy a nature walk and meet live animal guests that are characters from the story. Limited to 8 participants and ONE adult per child. No siblings except babies staying in infant seats.

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TIME: 11:00 – 12:15 FEE: $18*

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


Think Tank: Evergreen Experiments
Ages 7-10

Children will explore their inner scientist with this fun-filled, hands-on experimenting class. They will be challenged to form a hypothesis based on the materials of the day, then draw conclusions based on their experimentations.

Watch things bubble, pop, move, and fizz, change, spread, grow and twist. Join us in answering the question “What happens if....” Evergreens come in many shapes and sizes, but they all have a unique chemistry that prevents their leaves from freezing and breaking open in the winter weather. Come tests the chemical, structural, and biological properties of ancient evergreen species. We’ll be serving homemade, sweet white pine tea during our class. Limited to 8 participants.

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TIME: 1:00-2:30 FEE: $24*

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

 

Friday
December 7

Starry, Starry Night Pajama Party
Ages 4 - 6

Drop off your little ones for an evening of astronomy fun including star gazing with a real telescope, an outer space themed film with star snacks, and a make-and-take galaxy in a bottle. Wear pajamas and bring a blanket to snuggle up with. Limited to 15 participants.

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TIME: 6:30 - 9:00 PM FEE: $24*

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


Constellation Celebration
Ages 7-10

Explore the night sky as you learn to identify astronomic features by following the stars. Using a real telescope and constellation guide, see if you can spot the brightest star in the winter sky and nearby nebulas it shines on!

Evening includes an astral snack, outer space film, and a make-and-take star map with some stardust slime to go. Wear pajamas or loungewear and bring a blanket or pillow to chill out on. Limited to 15 participants.

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TIME: 6:30 - 9:00 PM FEE: $24*

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

 

Saturday
December 8

Young Chefs – “Winter is Coming”
Ages 8 – 12

Winter is coming in Westeros and Alley Pond Environmental Center. This month our Young Chefs will decorate and enjoy delicious wintry cupcakes and a toasty cup of hot cocoa. Weather permitting; program will include a peaceful walk along our beautiful nature trails. All materials included. Limited to 8 participants.

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TIME: 10:30 – 12:00 pm FEE: $24*

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


Little Cooks: Fill your Coat with Oats
Ages 5-7

How much fun can we have with a bag of oats and a lot of creativity? No bake, paleo, oatmeal cookies. Hang out with Doug the Bobwhite Quail who loves to eat whole oats and seeds. Natural peanut butter or cookie butter will be used in one recipe. Maple syrup may be used as sweetener.

For those little ones who just can’t wait to be a Young Chef. Here’s something just for you. APEC little cooks will have fun learning about an animal, and then help make a delicious snack to compliment what they’ve learned. All materials included. Limited to 8 participants.

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TIME: 11:00-12:00 FEE: $22*

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

 

Saturday
December 15

APEC Adventure Time: Animal Meet and Greet
Ages 18-36 months (parent participation)

Toddlers and parents/caregivers enjoy some special time together as they socialize with other youngsters and learn about nature. Each class focuses on a different science theme and includes live animal guests, art projects, trail walks, and children’s literature. Enjoy animal time at APEC!

Listen to clues to predict which four animal guests will join the class. Limited to 8 participants with ONE adult per child. No siblings except babies staying in infant seats.

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TIME: 9:30 – 10:45 FEE: $18*

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

 

Sunday
December 16

Vet Tech 201
Ages 11-15**

Come see and learn from a licensed Veterinary Technician as we delve deeper into the science of animal care. Students will get to work with the Vet Tech one on one using tools and techniques at a more advanced level than in Vet Tech 101. From testing heart rates and examining animal x-rays or bones, to using stethoscopes and viewing slides, all our Vet Tech 201 students will learn the invaluable techniques for in-depth animal examination. Stethoscopes included. Limited to 6 participants.

**Prerequisite Requirement: Participation in a prior Vet Tech 101 program is a must in order to qualify for Vet Tech 201, unless you are an APEC Volunteer (Please do not register if you have not participated in Vet Tech 101; contact Zachary at Ext. 204 for further assistance). APEC Volunteers can begin at the 201 level and then move into 301.

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TIME: 9:30 – 11:30 FEE: $32*

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


Vet Tech 301
Ages 14-18**

Come gain key animal care and science skills from a licensed Veterinary Technician. Students will get to work with the Vet Tech one on one using tools and techniques to perform teddy bear surgeries and in-depth animal examinations. We’ll trouble shoot various animal emergencies and conditions, going beyond the standard check-up to emergency care.

Whether you are an aspiring Doctor, Nurse, Vet, or Vet Tech, or you just love animals and science, you will leave this program with many practical animal care know-hows. Limited to 6 participants.

**Prerequisite Requirement: Participation in Vet Tech 101, and Vet Tech 201 classes are required to qualify for Vet Tech 301 (Please do not register if you have not participated in Vet Tech 201; contact Zachary at Ext. 204 for further assistance).

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TIME: 12:00 – 2:00 FEE: $34*

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


 

Thursday
December 27

Winter Warm-Up
Ages 3-4 (parent participation)

Learn about local animals and how they survive the chilly, winter months. Bundle up for a cool nature walk, make a craft to take home and play Limited to 8 participants.

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TIME: 10:00 – 11:30 FEE: $18*

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


Winter Survival
Ages 5-7 (drop-off)

How do local animals survive the harsh winter weather? Learn about physical and behavioral adaptations of forest mammals, birds and reptiles. Interactive activities, science-themed children’s literature and a craft will be included in each class. Limited to 12 participants.

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TIME: 10:00 – 12:00 FEE: $24*

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


Animal Care Club
Ages 8-12

Would you like to help us care for APEC’s animals? This program teaches children about the unique job of an animal caretaker. Children will learn about the needs of APEC’s animals, and gain hands-on experience in feeding, brushing, and cleaning them. The class will also include a fun wintery craft! Limited to 10 participants.

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TIME: 10:00 – 12:00 FEE: $24*

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