Registration Information

 

Please pre-register:

For more information, call 718-229-4000, ext. 0.

A minimum of 10 pre-registered participants is required to run our adult/family programs. Please register early to ensure the continuation of these fun-filled and informative events.

 

Refund Policy:


Due to the preparation time, materials and other expenditures regarding our public programs we are implementing a no refund policy for fees paid and space reserved for APEC events. We cannot pro rate program fees for multi session workshops. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but we find this necessary in order to be able to continue providing public programs of both an exciting and informative nature.

Thank you.
Family and Adult Programs

Saturday
February 15

Scientifically Speaking - Science of Snowflakes
Adults, Children ages 9 and up

Learn about the structure of snowflake crystals and view microscopic pictures of these crystals. We will make our own ice cream and learn about the process. Science isn’t just for scientists! Join us as we engage in an afternoon of indoor science, an experiment here and there, crafts and fun. While this is an adult program, we welcome children ages 9 and up to join us as long as they are accompanied by a participating adult. Workshops may include a nature hike (weather permitting) and live animal demonstration with our animals. Limited to 10 participants.

TIME: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm FEE: $18 Members, $24 Non-Members


Star Safari - Astronomy Adventure
Adults, Children ages 9 and up

Join professor/astronomer Mark Freilich for an exciting evening of star gazing. Separate but equally great sessions! See the moon up close, learn about and view the Orion Nebular, the Pleiades Star Cluster, and Deep Space Phenomenon. These programs comprise an indoor interactive question and answer session on basic astronomy, fun and games followed by outdoor viewing using a professional telescope. Participants are welcome to bring their own telescopes and binoculars. Dress warm! While this is an adult program, we welcome children ages 9 and up to join us as long as they are accompanied by a participating adult. Funded in part by Capital One Bank.

TIME: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm FEE: $10.00 per adult member, $16 per adult non-member, and $7.00 for children ages 9-12


 

Saturday
March 1

Geocaching 101
Children & Adults

Geocaching describes the exciting activity of locating a treasure somewhere in the world with the help of a GPS-enabled device and GPS coordinates that are listed online. Geocaching combines location-based gaming, social networking, treasure hunting, GPS navigation, and outdoor recreation. Come learn how to be a modern day treasure hunter! Please note: - All participants are expected to bring their own handheld GPS device. Limited to 24 participants. All ages welcome (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult)

TIME: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm FEE: $18 Members, $24 Non-Members


 

Saturday
March 15

Scientifically Speaking - Environmental Archaeology
Adults, Children ages 9 and up

Have you ever wondered how past humans interacted with the natural world? Come explore the archaeological remains of Alley Pond Park and learn how biological remains from archaeological sites are used to understand and reconstruct ancient environments. Learn how archaeologists answer questions about the past like which trees, herbs, vegetables, and flowers they saw around them. Also learn how humans of the past impacted the world around them to shape the present-day environment. Science isn’t just for scientists! Join us as we engage in an afternoon of indoor science, an experiment here and there, crafts and fun. While this is an adult program, we welcome children ages 9 and up to join us as long as they are accompanied by a participating adult. Workshops may include a nature hike (weather permitting) and live animal demonstration with our animals. Limited to 10 participants.

TIME: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm FEE: $18 Members, $24 Non-Members


Star Safari - Astronomy Adventure
Adults, Children ages 9 and up

Join professor/astronomer Mark Freilich for an exciting evening of star gazing. Separate but equally great sessions! See the moon up close, learn about and view the Orion Nebular, the Pleiades Star Cluster, and Deep Space Phenomenon. These programs comprise an indoor interactive question and answer session on basic astronomy, fun and games followed by outdoor viewing using a professional telescope. Participants are welcome to bring their own telescopes and binoculars. Dress warm! While this is an adult program, we welcome children ages 9 and up to join us as long as they are accompanied by a participating adult. Funded in part by Capital One Bank.

TIME: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm FEE: $10.00 per adult member, $16 per adult non-member, and $7.00 for children ages 9-12


 

Saturday
April 12

Star Safari Astronomy Adventure
Adults, Children ages 9 and up

Join professor/astronomer Mark Freilich for an exciting evening of star gazing. See the moon up close, learn about and view the Orion Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Big Dipper, Jupiter, and brightest star Sirius. This program includes an indoor interactive question and answer session on basic astronomy, fun and games followed by outdoor viewing using a professional telescope. Participants are welcome to bring their own telescopes and binoculars. Experience different and exciting viewings at each workshop. While this is an adult program, we welcome children ages 9 and up to join us as long as they are accompanied by a participating adult. Funded in part by Capital One Bank.

* To ensure the quality of all astronomy workshops we reserve the right to cancel if the weather forecast calls for rain. In case of inclement weather, please call to check for rescheduled date.

TIME: 7:30 – 9:30 FEE: $10 Members, $16 Non-Members, $7 Children


 

Friday
April 25

Spring Watercolor Workshop Part 1 of 4
Adults

Join local artist and art teacher, Lynda Spielman, once again for this popular workshop, as she engages students in basic techniques of watercolor. Through demonstration and instruction, students will learn basic skills and be able to create their own landscapes and floral watercolor paintings. This series is geared to beginners but all are welcome. Limited to 12 participants. Pre-registration and pre payment required. Materials supply list will be provided at pre-registration. Please bring supplies to the first workshop.

TIME: 1:30 – 4.30 FEE: $100 Members, $124 Non-Members (for series)


 

Saturday
April 26

Scientifically Speaking - What Lies Beneath: Comparative Skeletal Anatomy
Adults, Children ages 9 and up

Everyone can tell animals apart from looking at them from the outside, but can you tell them apart from looking at their bones? Come learn about the difference between animal skeletons and humans with fun interactive activities. During this program you will learn about the different bones and their functions in some of the common animals that inhabit Alley Pond Park. Comparisons will be made between them and our own bodies.

Science isn’t just for scientists! Join us as we engage in an afternoon of indoor science, an experiment here and there, crafts and fun. While this is an adult program, we welcome children ages 9 and up to join us as long as they are accompanied by a participating adult. Workshops may include a nature hike (weather permitting) and live animal demonstration with our animals. Limited to 10 participants.

TIME: 1:00 - 3:00 FEE: $18 Members, $24 Non-Members/$50 Members, $70 Non-Members for series of 3


 

Friday
May 2

Spring Watercolor Workshop Part 2 of 4
Adults

Join local artist and art teacher, Lynda Spielman, once again for this popular workshop, as she engages students in basic techniques of watercolor. Through demonstration and instruction, students will learn basic skills and be able to create their own landscapes and floral watercolor paintings. This series is geared to beginners but all are welcome. Limited to 12 participants. Pre-registration and pre payment required. Materials supply list will be provided at pre-registration. Please bring supplies to the first workshop.

TIME: 1:30 – 4.30 FEE: $100 Members, $124 Non-Members (for series)


 

Friday
May 9

Spring Watercolor Workshop Part 3 of 4
Adults

Join local artist and art teacher, Lynda Spielman, once again for this popular workshop, as she engages students in basic techniques of watercolor. Through demonstration and instruction, students will learn basic skills and be able to create their own landscapes and floral watercolor paintings. This series is geared to beginners but all are welcome. Limited to 12 participants. Pre-registration and pre payment required. Materials supply list will be provided at pre-registration. Please bring supplies to the first workshop.

TIME: 1:30 – 4.30 FEE: $100 Members, $124 Non-Members (for series)


 

Saturday
May 10

Star Safari Astronomy Adventure
Adults, Children ages 9 and up

Join professor/astronomer Mark Freilich for an exciting evening of star gazing. See the moon up close, learn about and view the Orion Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Big Dipper, Jupiter, and brightest star Sirius. This program includes an indoor interactive question and answer session on basic astronomy, fun and games followed by outdoor viewing using a professional telescope. Participants are welcome to bring their own telescopes and binoculars. Experience different and exciting viewings at each workshop. While this is an adult program, we welcome children ages 9 and up to join us as long as they are accompanied by a participating adult. Funded in part by Capital One Bank.

* To ensure the quality of all astronomy workshops we reserve the right to cancel if the weather forecast calls for rain. In case of inclement weather, please call to check for rescheduled date.

TIME: 7:30 – 9:30 FEE: $10 Members, $16 Non-Members, $7 Children


 

Friday
May 16

Spring Watercolor Workshop Part 4 of 4
Adults

Join local artist and art teacher, Lynda Spielman, once again for this popular workshop, as she engages students in basic techniques of watercolor. Through demonstration and instruction, students will learn basic skills and be able to create their own landscapes and floral watercolor paintings. This series is geared to beginners but all are welcome. Limited to 12 participants. Pre-registration and pre payment required. Materials supply list will be provided at pre-registration. Please bring supplies to the first workshop.

TIME: 1:30 – 4.30 FEE: $100 Members, $124 Non-Members (for series)


 

Saturday
May 17

Scientifically Speaking - Water – Environmental Forensics
Adults, Children ages 9 and up

CSI and other popular crime shows often deal with forensics involving fingerprints and ballistics. However forensic science applies to more science disciplines than those. Within this workshop participants will learn about the forensics of water. They will gain an understanding of water and its quality by sampling different areas of the park. Participants will also learn and understand terminology associated with water and its physical and chemical properties, what makes it unique and how animals and plants in nature benefit from its characteristic.

Science isn’t just for scientists! Join us as we engage in an afternoon of indoor science, an experiment here and there, crafts and fun. While this is an adult program, we welcome children ages 9 and up to join us as long as they are accompanied by a participating adult. Workshops may include a nature hike (weather permitting) and live animal demonstration with our animals. Limited to 10 participants.

TIME: 1:00 - 3:00 FEE: $18 Members, $24 Non-Members/$50 Members, $70 Non-Members for series of 3


 

Saturday
June 7

World Environment Day Open House
Families

APEC joins with the United Nations Environmental Program and other local organizations to celebrate World Environment Day. Join us for a free Open House to celebrate this special day. Speakers from the U.N., hands on demonstrations and exhibits from local organizations and more are being planned. APEC is waiting to hear the announcement regarding the theme this year – so stay tuned. Give us a call.

TIME: 10:00 – 12:00 FEE: FREE


 

Saturday
June 14

Star Safari Astronomy Adventure
Adults, Children ages 9 and up

Join professor/astronomer Mark Freilich for an exciting evening of star gazing. See the moon up close, learn about and view the Orion Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Big Dipper, Jupiter, and brightest star Sirius. This program includes an indoor interactive question and answer session on basic astronomy, fun and games followed by outdoor viewing using a professional telescope. Participants are welcome to bring their own telescopes and binoculars. Experience different and exciting viewings at each workshop. While this is an adult program, we welcome children ages 9 and up to join us as long as they are accompanied by a participating adult. Funded in part by Capital One Bank.

* To ensure the quality of all astronomy workshops we reserve the right to cancel if the weather forecast calls for rain. In case of inclement weather, please call to check for rescheduled date.

TIME: 7:30 – 9:30 FEE: $10 Members, $16 Non-Members, $7 Children


 

Saturday
June 28

Scientifically Speaking - Spring Seekers! Exploring the hidden springs of Alley Pond Park
Adults, Children ages 9 and up

Did you know that there are hidden springs within Alley Pond Park? Come learn what a spring is as you explore our hidden spring first hand. Participants will get the opportunity to go and see first-hand the fauna that inhabits our local springs.

Science isn’t just for scientists! Join us as we engage in an afternoon of indoor science, an experiment here and there, crafts and fun. While this is an adult program, we welcome children ages 9 and up to join us as long as they are accompanied by a participating adult. Workshops may include a nature hike (weather permitting) and live animal demonstration with our animals. Limited to 10 participants.

TIME: 1:00 - 3:00 FEE: $18 Members, $24 Non-Members/$50 Members, $70 Non-Members for series of 3


 

Sunday
June 29

Fly Fishing 101
Adults, Children ages 8 and up

What is fly fishing? It’s not about catching flies at all! Come learn the techniques of fly fishing from a seasoned veteran at Alley Pond Environmental Center. You will learn all about the equipment, casting, knots, rigging and everything else involved in this very interesting and graceful type of fishing. This program is geared towards all who are interested in the art of fly fishing from beginning to end and want to explore all the equipment used in a safe and comfortable environment. All equipment will be supplied! Please note – all participants are asked to wear a hat and a pair of sunglasses to the program. While this is an adult program, children ages 8 and up are welcome provided they are accompanied by a participating adult.

TIME: 10:00 – 12:00 FEE: $16 Members, $21 Non-Members, $7 Children


 

Ongoing

(Knot Only) Knitting Circle

Join APEC's very own knitting circle! We welcome knitters, crocheters, or crafters of any kind! Come to show off a new project, share some snacks, or just craft with friends. Beginners welcome!

Call or e-mail Liz at ext. 214 or emcglinchey@alleypond.com with any questions about the group and let us know if you plan on attending!! We meet every other Monday evening from 6-8 PM (see dates below), and there will be a fee of $3M/$5NM per meeting.

February 10, 24, March 10, 24, April 7, 21, May 5, 19, June 2, 16, 30

APEC Hiking Club and Trail Crew

Our Hiking Club is for adults, and we will explore local areas suited for easy to moderate hikes. We will also contribute to the muscle required to develop a Trail Crew to benefit the Environmental Center. APEC membership is required, and we will also be members of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference (requiring additional dues). The Conference will guide us in how we develop the trail crew. We intend to whistle while we work, so come out for the fun.

We will have a monthly informational meeting to discuss plans for upcoming hikes and other opportunities, in addition to the regular hikes planned by the group. Plan to join us to see what we are up to on the dates listed below! APEC Hikers takes advantage of the fine weather and longer days by scheduling weekly hikes for its membership. To learn more about these hikes and our regular outings, please visit www.facebook.com/APEC.hikers or e-mail the Club facilitator at tom0153@hotmail.com.

Monday, February 24 @ 7:00 PM
Monday, March 24 @ 7:00 PM
Monday, April 21@ 7:00 PM
Monday, May 19 @7:00 PM
Monday, June 30 @ 7:00 PM

APEC Quilting Club


APEC now has a quilting group! Join them on Mondays from 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Make new friends as you share your love of quilting. The quilting club will meet weekly to work on various projects – open to quilters of all levels. Instructions on various quilting techniques are provided. PLEASE CALL TO RSVP. $3M/$5NM per session attended. A quilt is a treasure which follows its owner everywhere.