Whta's Stewardship
Stewardship at Alley Pond Environmental Center is centered around restoring a landscape that was damaged in the twentieth century by dumping and filling. In the 1970s, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation created the Wetlands Reclamation Project and began rehabilitating the natural wetlands of the park. Today, APEC manages the hiking trails and parkland located nearest our Center.

We seek to reintroduce native plants and animals and control invasive species. Our restored landscape provides visitors with an opportunity to learn about plants and animals that are native to our area while improving the ecology of the Park and Little Neck Bay.

From the President's Desk

Spring has sprung and APEC’s year is well underway. BUT APEC’s need for support is ever more pressing. Many of our funding sources are drying up and expenses, as you know, seem to increase. We are looking forward to a new facility but this one needs to be maintained and remain in full service until such time as the new building is operational. So we ask that you consider joining us in one or more ways.

Join and/or donate: Did you know that-
$450 a month would feed and care for our live animals,
$850 a month would buy supplies to keep APEC clean,
$1,000 a year would keep the grounds and trails useable,
$1,250 would print TIDINGS,
$1,250 a month would enable us to provide our unique programs for children,
$500 would enable us to replace our aging lawn mowers,
$1,000 would enable us to improve some animal housing.

APEC is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

A donation of any amount, or membership (if you are not already a member or you know someone who isn’t) would help us to maintain these services and many others. Check this TIDINGS and our wish list for more ideas.

Attend our Events: The Alley Pond Environmental Center holds a variety of events over the course of the year. Watch our calendar for The Green Gala in April, World Environment Day in June, and our Summer Barbecue. There are also Summer Programs, Scouting Programs, and Family and Adult Programs as well as special Saturday events throughout the year.

Volunteer at APEC: APEC tries to match the talents of our volunteers to the needs of the Center in order to provide volunteer opportunities that are beneficial to the volunteer, the Center, and the visiting public. APEC provides guidance, training, and supervision for volunteers and in turn receives support and assistance.

If you are an adult 18 years of age or over, and would like to volunteer your time at APEC, please call APEC’s volunteer coordinator at 718-229-4000. See you at APEC!

Rita Sherman, APEC Board Chairman