Alley Pond Environmental Center’s programs for December will entail saving sea turtles, making gingerbread houses and learning about dinosaurs.
On Dec. 1, APEC will host a free event from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. during which adults will be able to learn about cold stunning, a process that causes sea turtles to become immobile due to a decrease in water temperature.
Steve Abbondondelo, of the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, will give a lecture on how to save the turtles.
APEC will host its Furry Friends program on Dec. 2 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
This event, which is aimed at ages 18 to 36 months, will include games, songs, snacks, a craft, live animals and a nature walk. The fee for the program is $16 per child and adult pairing.
On Dec. 15, the environmental center will offer its Young Chefs program from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
This class, which is aimed at children between 7 and 12 years, will teach youths how to build their own graham cracker gingerbread houses. All materials are included.
The fee to sign up is $24 per child.
APEC will offer a wildlife walk for children between the ages of 6 and 11 years from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 15.
The walk will go through the trails of Alley Pond Park. Attendees could likely get dirty, so dress appropriately. The fee is $9 per child.
On Dec. 8, APEC will hold a program on dinosaurs for children, ages 3 and 4, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and, on Dec. 15, the event will be repeated at the same time for 5 and 6-year-olds.
The cost is $21 per child.
During this class, youngsters will learn about how prehistoric creatures lived as well as pretend to take part in an archeological dig. Snacks will be provided.
To register for any of APEC’s December programs, call 718-229-4000.
The environmental center is located at 228-06 Northern Blvd. in Douglaston.