Become a member (online or using our PDF Form) to enjoy discounts on programs and products, be invited to members only events and support the Center.

To browse our current programs for all ages, Please click here.

(718) 229-4000 or email us

Shop at our online store for APEC apparel.

     

228-06 Northern Boulevard
Douglaston, NY 11362
(718) 229-4000

(having trouble with a GPS? Try using Little Neck as the town instead)

APEC is located just east of the Cross Island Parkway on Northern Blvd. in Northeast Queens. We are a one story green building with parking behind the Center.

Public Transportation: Flushing Line (7 train) to Main St.; Q12 bus to Northern Blvd. (East). APEC has a bus stop right in front of the Center. It is the first building on the right after the Cross Island Parkway. The LIRR stops at Bayside (Port Washington line), and you can walk south to Northern Blvd. and catch the Q12 bus.


APEC Building

Visit the Alley Pond Environmental Center for a living – learning experience in environmental education in New York City.Our nature trails traverse ponds, salt marshes, forests and meadows where visitors will see shore birds, migrating flocks, and a variety of small animals. Or, visitors can attend one of APEC's many nature oriented programs for children and adults. Please explore our website to learn more.

APEC is dedicated to establishing awareness, understanding and appreciation of the environment and to preserving nature in an urban setting.


The building is open 7 days a week, except for major holidays. Monday - Friday APEC is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and we have varying hours on the weekend. Call ahead if coming in on a weekend. Please check the APEC calendar for closures. Walking trails are open from dawn to dusk, year ‘round.

Parking and entrance to the building and grounds is free, but we do have a suggested donation of $5 per person. You can contribute right at the front desk of APEC if you wish to do so!

 

Wednesday
May 1

Alley Creek and Little Neck Bay Clean Water Update
Open to all

A Review of Issues and Solutions for Rainwater and Sewage Management Affecting Our Local Water and Shorelines Representatives from the -New York City Department of Environmental Protection, -Natural Resources division of New York City Parks and the -SWIM (Storm Water Infrastructure Matters) Coalition of clean water advocates will hold a community exchange of news, information and future plans for our Northeast Queens Watershed

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TIME: 6:30 pm Free

 

Science in the Park
Sundays
June & July

Science in the Woods
Ages 7 - 13

Join us for this free, outdoor program generously funded by local councilmembers through NYC Parks.

A warm thank you to Councilmember Barry Grodenchik for his continued support of this program.

During each program we will go on a walk, do something kind for the forest, and make something creative. We’ll use our senses to learn surprising and wonderful things about nature in our city parks. This is a drop off program. Take-homes like backpacks, notebooks, pens, and all other materials included.

Location: In Alley Pond Park by Springfield Blvd and 76th near the playground and restroom.

Dates: Sundays 6/23, 6/30, 7/14, and 7/21

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TIME: 1:00-2:30 PM

Science in the Bay
Ages 7 - 13

Join us for this free, outdoor program generously funded by local councilmembers through NYC Parks.

A warm thank you to Paul Vallone for his continued support of this program.

During each program we will take a walk into the bay with our boots and nets searching for life. We’ll also get to study animals up close and do something kind for the shore. This is a drop off program. All equipment provided such as boots, nets, and viewers with take-home prizes. We recommend bringing a towel and an extra pair of socks.

Location: In Little Bay Park by Utopia Parkway entrance near the dog park at Utopia Parkway and Cryders Lane

Dates: Saturdays 6/15, 6/22, 6/29, 7/6, 7/13 & 7/20

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TIME: 1:00-2:30 PM