Alley Pond Environmental Center
228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston
Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC) is a nonprofit environmental-education organization dedicated to educating children and adults about the importance of protecting and preserving Alley Pond Park and other open spaces and natural bodies. The center also helps to introduce the concepts of sustainable environmental policies and practices to visitors as climate change continues to affect the planet. The center includes such natural features as trails, ponds, salt marshes, forests and meadows, where visitors can spot birds and small woodland creatures going about their daily lives. APEC also holds several nature-oriented programs for children and adults.
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Gateway National Recreation Area
In Southern Queens, the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge provides protection for animals from hunting, predation, competition and poaching. It is located between Queens and Brooklyn, near John F. Kennedy International Airport. The property is managed by the National Park Service.
The refuge comprises open water and intertidal salt marshes as well as upland fields and woods. There is a wide variety of ranger and partner-led programs offered year-round at the site, including presentations on seasonal wildlife, sunset tours, hikes, boat trips and family programs and an annual lecture series.