Explore Nature's Classroom
APEC Professional Development Workshops provide teachers with scientific knowledge to enhance classroom lessons and activities. Workshops include supplemental materials for teachers to implement in the classroom. All teacher workshops are aligned with Common Core Learning Standards in Science.
Note: These programs are on pause until we move to our new building in the summer.
APEC offers many programs for teachers who work in various fields including:
• Early Childhood
• Elementary School
• Middle School
• Science Coordinators
• Undergraduate and Graduate College Students
Majoring in Education
Bird Characteristics and Adaptations for Survival
Feathers are only one of many unique characteristics that birds possess. Participants will learn about many more bird traits and examine nests, eggs, feathers, and bird skulls to better understand these wonderful animals. A comparison of beaks and feet will demonstrate how birds are adapted for survival.
A healthy ecosystem is dependent on the interrelationship between biotic and abiotic components. Participants will learn about living organisms that inhabit freshwater ponds. A discussion of environmental factors threatening this ecosystem will help participants better understand the delicate balance in nature.
Seasonal Adaptations: How Do Animals Prepare for Winter?
How do animals adapt to the cold temperatures and survive our harsh winters? Local wildlife prepare for inclement weather in several different ways. Participants will learn about behavioral adaptations including migration and dormancy (hibernation and torpor). Some animals such as rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, and many birds stay active and survive with a combination of physical and physiological changes.
*To schedule a teacher workshop, contact 718-229-4000
The environmental center is located in Alley Pond Park, surrounded by lush nature trails where visitors can enjoy NYC's natural landscapes. Guests are welcome to attend one of APEC's many nature oriented programs for all ages and visit the center's animal ambassadors. Please explore our website to learn more and register for programs.
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