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State Senator Avella presenting APEC Executive Director Irene Scheid and staff with $25,000 in funding

Curious minds and lovers of the outdoors, rejoice!

State Senator Tony Avella presented the Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC) with a $25,000 check to be used towards funding the center’s present and future endeavors.

“It’s very important for me to be able to fund an organization like this, which really depends on not only the good work of people who come to the center and small donations; but also on governmental assistance, otherwise they wouldn’t be able to operate.”

APEC is nonprofit environmental organization located in Douglaston. The center is committed to educating children and adults, preserving open spaces and bodies of water and advocating for environmental sustainability.

“It really is a wonderful organization,” said Avella. “The school session has just started, but routinely, as we get further into the school year, you’ll see thousands of school kids come here and learn about the environment, meet the animals, and just learn about how they can all work together to improve the environment: not only in our community, but throughout the city and the state.”

The center is open seven days a week and hosts school field trips, learning seminars, and outdoor activities for adults, teens, and children on a daily basis.

“It’s hard to keep operating with 6 full time staff members when we see 72,000 people last year in our programs, both on-site and off-site,” said Irene Scheid, APEC Executive Director. “So we’re very busy; we’re stretched pretty thin. We make the most of every penny that we get, and we absolutely thank the senator for his continued support over many years for the organization.”

According the Scheid, the $25,000 in funding will go towards general operational costs while APEC collaborates with the NYC Parks Department to execute a future expansion: a new building which will house an additional large and small classroom, allowing the center to accommodate more student field trips and childhood programs.

To learn more about the programs APEC offers, visit their website or contact them at 718-229-4000.



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