Registration Information

Registration Policy:

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. 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.

Saturday
October 20

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!


Animal Care Trainee
Ages 8-10**

Would you like to help us care for APEC’s animals? This program introduces children to the unique responsibility of being an animal caretaker. Participants will learn about the needs of our animal ambassadors, and gain hands-on experience in feeding, brushing, and cleaning them. Also, children will be able to make a healthy snack for one of the many animals that call APEC home! Limited to 8 participants.

**Because participation in a prior Animal Care Trainee program is a must in order to qualify for Advanced Animal Care Trainee, students over the age of 10 may be able to take Animal Care Trainee under special circumstances (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!


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

 

Sunday
October 21

Fall Harvest: Apples, Corn and Pumpkins
Ages 18-36 months (parent participation)

Celebrate the fall harvest by sampling some healthy snacks and sharing treats with some furry animal guests. We will also paint with fall fruits and enjoy a nature walk looking for fall colors. 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!


Think Tank: Inks and Potions
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....”Ever want to write a secret message in invisible ink? Come learn how! Play with ink making, testing which ink is most effective for each task in our experiments. Bring your favorite writing utensil from home if you’d like to see if it stands up to our tests! 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!


 

Saturday
October 27

Young Chefs – “Hauntingly Delicious”
Ages 8 – 12

Eat, drink & be scary…Young APEC Chefs will prepare frighteningly delicious treats during this ghoulish cooking class. Menu will include: Marshmallow Witches, Hot Dog Mummies, Witches Brooms & Ghostly Pretzels! 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: Harvest Candies
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.

Come join us as we figure out ways to make harvest candies with no sugar and lots of fruits and roots. Meet Chili the Chinchilla and test out his sweet tooth. Pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, cacao powder, or dehydrated strawberries may be used for flavor in some of the recipes. 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!


APEC Adventure Time: Scales and Slime Time
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.

Are snakes slimy? Why are frogs so hard to catch? Meet live animal guests to learn about the fascinating creatures. Limited to 8 participants with 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!


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 www.inaturalist.org, 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. Registration required.

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

 

Sunday
October 28

Animal Tales: Pumpkins
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!

 

Wednesday
October 31

Spooktacular Celebration
Ages 18 months – 4 years (parent participation)

Join us for a ghoulish gathering and begin your Halloween celebration at APEC! Come in costume to play games, make a not-so-spooky craft and pick a pumpkin from our mini-pumpkin patch.

Stop by our “Exploration Station” to observe live turtle and touch a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach. Pre-registration required. Limited to 50 children.

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TIME: 12:30 – 2:00 FEE: $16*

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

 

Saturday
November 3

Saturday Sing Along
Ages 4-6 (drop-off class)

Enjoy live music and learn some new animal songs! Meet live animals featured in the songs and make an instrument to play at home. Limited to 12 participants. Children must be able to use the bathroom independently.

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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 4

Vet Tech 101
Ages 10-13**

Come join us to learn about animal health basics. During the class we will practice conducting animal check-ups, handling live animals, and studying animal anatomy. Students can learn the specialized skills needed to keep our animals healthy at this program. From eye examinations to checking teeth, gums, and ears, our Vet Tech students will learn the ins and outs of keeping some of the most common pet animals in peak medical condition. Pocket magnifiers included. Limited to 8 participants.

**Because participation in a prior Vet Tech 101 program is a must in order to qualify for Vet Tech 201, students over the age of 13 may be able to take Vet Tech 101 under special circumstances (Contact Zachary at Ext. 204 for further assistance).

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TIME: 9:00 – 11:00 FEE: $25*

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

 

Saturday
November 10

Turnip the Beet Gardening Club: Herbal Hoedown
Ages 8-11

During this gardening club young tweens can build gardening and botany skills while working on environmental stewardship projects in the park. Each session participants will make a garden project to take back to their neighborhoods, homes, or rooms to help make our city a little bit greener and cleaner. Students will have special access to the APEC Greenhouse! There, we will garden to the “beet” of musical genres from classical to pop, from hip-hop to bebop. Sign up online to join a program.

Ever heard of the ancient art of herbalism? Come learn the hidden powers of herbs from scientifically proven health benefits to ancient legends. We’ll plant an edible herbal garden for our homes, and take a walk in the park searching for autumn herbs. In the greenhouse we’ll garden to the tune of folk and country music. Limited to 10 participants.

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TIME: 10:00-11:30 FEE: $24*

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

 

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!