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The Autism Nature Trail does not require reservations.
If you are a teacher/school district looking for more information about field trips, please contact Brittany Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you are a family looking for support in order to make your trip successful, please contact us at email@example.com
Programming on the trail starts at 10a and ends at 3:30p for days that have programming scheduled. There is no need to register. See our Theme Weekend page for more information!
What is the Autism Nature Trail (ANT)?
The Autism Nature Trail (The ANT) at Letchworth State Park is a first-of-its-kind experience in nature designed for visitors on the autism spectrum and for those with a range of disabilities -- but enjoyable and appropriate for all abilities and ages. This unique Trail is the result of privately raised funds in partnership with New York State Parks, Natural Heritage Trust, Camp Puzzle Peace, and the Perry Central School District.
How is Camp Puzzle Peace helping families on the trail?
Programming on the trail starts at 10a and ends at 3:30p for days that have programming scheduled. There is no need to register. CPP provides educational and informational materials on our website to help families prepare for their time on the trail. We also have trained professional staff at the trail on theme weekends to help families have a successful and fun experience. Families who need additional information or support are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss their needs.
An inclusive environment for individuals of different needs and abilities
The ANT is a one-mile looped main Trail with eight stations at various intervals, offering a range of experiences from quiet engagement to active exploration and adventure, including: the Sunshine Slope, a gentle, sloping maze in a natural clearing; the Music Circle, a circular grove of pine trees featuring nature-inspired instruments; and the Meadow Run and Climb, a dedicated space for running, jumping, climbing, balancing and testing strength, coordination and confidence. Specialized elements like cuddle swings, gliders, and “alone zones” also are a part of the Trail experience, each created to provide an inclusive environment for individuals of different needs and abilities. Signage telling visitors what to expect as they make their way around the Trail creates purposeful consistency and predictability.