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February Story Hike: Mae Among the Stars

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Take a walk, read a book and have an adventure!  The walk will begin at the front deck of the building where children will pick up a cup of hot cocoa.  To celebrate Black History Month,  the book featured will be Mae Among the Stars, about the first black female astronaut, by Roda Ahmed. Children will learn the names of some animal constellations while hiking along the trails of Alley Pond Park. An animal ambassador will be available for the children to meet at the end of the walk. Please dress appropriately for the weather as the entire program will be outdoors. ​Masks must be worn by all adults and children, 2 and up, when near others. Proof of vaccination is required for anyone 5 and up in order to enter our building. A matching ID will also be required for anyone 18 and up. Registration required. Spots are limited. Grades: 1st - 3rd (drop-off)

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About Alley Pond Environmental Center

224-65 76th Ave.

Oakland Gardens, NY

718-229-4000

  • Stroller parking: Yes
  • Stroller check: Yes

  • 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.

    Alley Pond Park is the home of the Douglaston Estate Windmill, a reminder of their agricultural past. 


  • Play area: No
  • Party room: No