Class Visits


APEC provides class visits for thousands of school children each year. All workshops provide educational concepts about various aspects of Alley Pond Park's living environment. Programs have been adapted to New York State Core Curriculum Standards and Expectations.

Day of Trip Guidelines

• Leave children on bus and have one teacher register your group at the Front Desk. We appreciate money that folds and not that jingles!

• For classes booked in the Forest Room, the Sun Room or the Log Cabin please note that your instructor will pack your class craft to go.

• If your bus is running late please call APEC at 718-229-4000 and we will try to accommodate you. However we must try to stay within the scheduled time constraints of your trip.

• Please dress appropriately for a nature walk – i.e. closed shoes, rain gear, etc.

• In warmer weather please have children apply insect repellent outside. APEC does not provide or sell bug spray

• APEC does not supply hand sanitizer or paper towels

Directions to APEC

Our location is 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, NY 11362. APEC is located just east of the Cross Island Parkway on Northern Blvd. in Northeast Queens. We’re a one story green building with parking behind the Center.

PLEASE NOTE: frequently bus drivers and groups confuse us with Alley Pond Park, which is located 10-15 minutes south of us. This error will make you quite late for your program; please try to avoid!

When using a GPS, if Douglaston does not work, try Little Neck

Special Education

APEC offers a 1 hour program for children with special needs consisting of live animals and, if possible, a short nature walk.

$6.50 per child, Teachers and Paras free
$50 minimum per group/class

Class Visits
APEC now offers a wide variety of programs to Homeschool groups. Click here for info regarding available topics and pricing.
Nursery to grade 5

Class Visits are by reservation only. To Schedule a trip call 718-229-4000.

For program descriptions, prices, registration information, and policies about our Nursery and Pre-K programs, please see our Early Childhood Brochure.

Programs are available in 2 formats:

1 Hour Workshop

Includes live animals and a nature walk

1 Hour and 15 minutes Workshop

Same as above plus a theme-related craft to take back to the classroom.

Choose from the following themes:

For 2's, 3's, Pre-K and Special Needs

Animals! Animals!

Whose Clues?
What's in a Pond?
Crawling Critters
Fantastic ForestsPre-K
Furry Friends

Seasonal Pre-K

Let's Talk Turkey (November Only)

Beautiful Butterflies (May Only)

*Butterfly larvae can be ordered to take back to the classroom for an additional fee. Orders must be made at least two weeks in advance.

Kindergarten through Grade 5 Programs

Class Visits are by reservation only. To Schedule a trip call 718-229-4000.

For program descriptions, prices, registration information, and policies about our Kindergarten through Grade 5 Programs, please see our Elementary Education Brochure.

Programs are available in 2 formats:

2 Hour Workshop

Includes an indoor lesson on a standard based theme adapted to your group's grade level, a guided interpretive nature walk, live animal demonstration, and a hands-on science based activity.

1 Hour Workshop

Hands-on animal demonstration and guided interpretive nature walk.

Choose from 25 different topics:

Invertebrate Animals

1) Earthworms
2) Detect and Inspect: Insects and Their Morphology
3) Amazing Arachnids
4) Marine Invertebrates

Vertebrate Animals

5) Something Fishy
6) Mammal Make-Up
7) Feathered Friends
8) Profiles of Reptiles
9) Awesome Amphibians
10) Animals and Their Young


11) Fascinating Forests in Alley Pond Park
12) Pond Discovery
13) Wetlands Biodiversity

Human Impact, Natural Resources & Sustainability

14) Native Americans in Queens: The Original Conservationists
15) The Nature of Water
16) Endangered Species
17) Global Warming 101
18) Global Warming Consequences
19) Non-Polluting Renewable Energy Sources
20) Trash in NYC: Recycle, Reuse, Reduce

Seasonal Specials

21) Seasonal Adaptations
22) Winter Clues (December – March)
23) Beautiful Butterflies (April – June)
24) Horseshoe Crabs (May – June)

Consolidated Edison of New York Sponsored Program

25) Reservoirs & New York City’s Water Supply System