Alley Pond Environmental Center

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228-06 Northern Boulevard, Douglaston, Queens, NY, United States

The Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC), a nonprofit environmental education organization, is dedicated to educating children and adults in the New York metropolitan area, protecting and preserving Alley Pond Park, open spaces and waterbodies, and advocating for sustainable environmental policies and practices.

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 environmentally-informed 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, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for major holidays. Please check the calendar for closures. Walking trails are open from dawn to dusk, year ‘round. Parking and entrance to the building and grounds is free.

School Group Trips (Grades 6-12)

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School Group Programs (Pre-K to 5th Grade) at Alley Pond Environmental Center

Kindergarten through Grade 5 Programs

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 that will enrich the New York City and State science curriculum objectives.

K through Grade 5 programs incorporate some standards from the following:

 

  Science Standard 1, Analysis, Inquiry and Design;
  Science Standard 2, Information Systems; and
  Science Standard 4, the Living Environment.

Classes are held rain or shine; please dress accordingly – boots in wet weather, coats and hats in the cold, insect repellent in the spring.

Classes may bring lunch, and eat at our outdoor picnic tables, weather permitting. No indoor lunch facilities are available.

Discipline is always the responsibility of the class teacher. Adult supervision is mandatory. We recommend one adult chaperone for every six children.

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.

Outreach Programs

School Visit

Appropriate for grades Pre-K through Middle School. Our experienced staff can pack up any of the following 8 programs (all include live animals) and bring to your classroom.

Note: Additional travel fees and tolls will vary depending on location. For additional information or to book a program, please call us at 718-229-4000 and ask for the Outreach Coordinator.

POINTS TO REMEMBER:

Since all programs involve full group participation with hands-on specimens, we set a maximum group size to 30 students per presentation (Pre-K=25)
Programs are limited to 3 classes per day
Program length varies according to age group
We do not offer assembly programs
APEC Alive serves all 5 boroughs and Nassau County

Animals Alive

Our most popular outreach program! Live animal presentations include discussions on animal classifications, habitats and adaptations using open-ended questioning and hands-on learning techniques. Program can include: mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.

Native Americans

Observe and handle artifacts from the Mattinecocks, one of the 13 tribes on Long Island that spoke the Algonquin language. Compare and contrast modern lifestyles and those of the 1500′s. Learn about their customs, survival techniques and conservation practices. Instructor demonstrates how to make a bow and arrow out of willow branches…class keeps it!

Pond Power

Students learn  all about pond life including native animals and plants.  Instructor brings pond boards and pin-up animals to demonstrate a typical pond.  Children will meet a live pond resident and discuss food webs and amphibian metamorphosis

Earthworms

Earthworms teach young children sensitivity to living things and illustrate the interdependency of life.  Students interact with and handle these often misunderstood creatures.  Through hands-on activities and discussion, children will learn the earthworm’s physical characteristics, habitats, and special adaptations.

Birds of a Feather

This program will introduce students to the world of birds.  Children will explore the adaptations birds have developed to survive in different ecosystems, their life cycle and predator/prey relationships.  Students learn these concepts and develop their observation skills while examining feathers, eggs, nests, skulls and talons.

Time For Trees

Instructor visits your classroom and reviews photosynthesis, the forest food web and biodiversity with an interactive forest community activity.  Program includes a visit from a forest native…the Common Eastern Box Turtle.

Insect Investigation

This program offers students insight into the world of insects.  With the use of bug viewers, each child will get the opportunity to examine live crickets up close.  Students will learn the body parts of insects, their life cycles and their interrelationship with other animals, plants and their environment.

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School Group Programs (6th to 12th Grade) at Alley Pond Environmental Center

Our secondary education programs focus on supplementing Junior High, Regent’s and Advanced Placement curricula in the sciences. Through hands-on experiences implementing the scientific method with environmental testing, sampling, and observations in the field, students gain a true sense of ecology in New York City’s natural habitats.

All programs provide educational concepts about various aspects of Alley Pond Park’s living environment that will enrich the NYC science curriculum objectives.

Class Visits – Grades 6 – 12

Class visits are by reservation only. To schedule a trip or for further information call the Upper Grade Coordinator in the Education Department at (718) 229-4000

We begin scheduling for the current school year on the day after Labor Day.

Middle School and High School programs are generally 2 hours in length. Programs include a walk on

Alley Pond Park’s trails and a field component.

For program descriptions, prices, registration information, and policies, please see our Middle and High School Trip Brochure

CHOOSE FROM THE FOLLOWING TOPICS:

The Nature of Water (water cycles, water sheds)
Wetland Systems
Endangered Species
Invertebrate Lifestyles
Evolution and Adaptations
Plant Anatomy
Ecosystems of Alley Pond Park
Soil Quality
Geology of Alley Pond Park

 Custom Programs

Work with APEC staff to organize a program that will complement your current curriculum. Topics range from native plant identification to air pollution studies. Call APEC’s diverse and experienced staff to discuss your program ideas!

Outreach Programs

School Visit

Appropriate for grades Pre-K through Middle School. Our experienced staff can pack up any of the following 8 programs (all include live animals) and bring to your classroom.

Note: Additional travel fees and tolls will vary depending on location. For additional information or to book a program, please call us at 718-229-4000 and ask for the Outreach Coordinator.

POINTS TO REMEMBER:

Since all programs involve full group participation with hands-on specimens, we set a maximum group size to 30 students per presentation (Pre-K=25)
Programs are limited to 3 classes per day
Program length varies according to age group
We do not offer assembly programs
APEC Alive serves all 5 boroughs and Nassau County

Animals Alive

Our most popular outreach program! Live animal presentations include discussions on animal classifications, habitats and adaptations using open-ended questioning and hands-on learning techniques. Program can include: mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.

Native Americans

Observe and handle artifacts from the Mattinecocks, one of the 13 tribes on Long Island that spoke the Algonquin language. Compare and contrast modern lifestyles and those of the 1500′s. Learn about their customs, survival techniques and conservation practices. Instructor demonstrates how to make a bow and arrow out of willow branches…class keeps it!

Pond Power

Students learn  all about pond life including native animals and plants.  Instructor brings pond boards and pin-up animals to demonstrate a typical pond.  Children will meet a live pond resident and discuss food webs and amphibian metamorphosis

Earthworms

Earthworms teach young children sensitivity to living things and illustrate the interdependency of life.  Students interact with and handle these often misunderstood creatures.  Through hands-on activities and discussion, children will learn the earthworm’s physical characteristics, habitats, and special adaptations.

Birds of a Feather

This program will introduce students to the world of birds.  Children will explore the adaptations birds have developed to survive in different ecosystems, their life cycle and predator/prey relationships.  Students learn these concepts and develop their observation skills while examining feathers, eggs, nests, skulls and talons.

Time For Trees

Instructor visits your classroom and reviews photosynthesis, the forest food web and biodiversity with an interactive forest community activity.  Program includes a visit from a forest native…the Common Eastern Box Turtle.

Insect Investigation

This program offers students insight into the world of insects.  With the use of bug viewers, each child will get the opportunity to examine live crickets up close.  Students will learn the body parts of insects, their life cycles and their interrelationship with other animals, plants and their environment.

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Admisson and Location Hours

Standards

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

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