Alley Pond Environmental Center

Alley Pond Environmental Center encompasses 65 acres of woodland, meadows and fresh and saltwater marshes, surrounded by roadways and developments that once threatened to engulf this rich diverse ecosystem. The Center was founded in 1972 by a group of educators concerned about the lack of suitable environmental education in the public school curriculum. In cooperation with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, it quickly became a living laboratory. Its fame spread rapidly beyond its own neighborhood and in 1976 the center was designated a National Environmental Study Area.

Today miles of nature trails traverse the park. APEC's deck overlooks the fertile Alley Creek and its wildlife. An old fashioned windmill pumps fresh water to the surface for resource management and park enhancement projects. The Center provides an extraordinary range of environmental education programs for everyone. Daily programs are conducted for children and adults throughout the year. From tiny tots to senior citizens, a variety of programmed activities and special events are offered. Activities include: trail walks, nature crafts, live animal care, plant life and astronomy. Schools also visit the center daily for formal instructional programs, nature trail walks and crafts, plus introduction to APEC's pets, More than 20,000 children and 5,000 adults attended our programs last year. Phone for current program guides

Alley Pond Environmental Center, Inc. (APEC)
228-06 Northern Boulevard Douglaston, NY 11163-1890
Tel: 718-229-4000
Fax: 718-229-0376

Hours: Mon.-Sat. - 9 am - 4:30 pm.

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