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.
If you would like to hike the ANT but are concerned about how your child will do, please register with us. The Camp Puzzle Peace staff are experienced in working with families in a variety of different settings and specialize out of nature. They will be able to use tools, techniques and strategies to allow your child to feel successful on the trail.
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.