The Autism Nature Trail is designed to encourage inclusivity, combat social isolation, encourage skill-building and provide a connection to the natural world in a deep in nature setting that is welcoming to all people.
Dr. Susan Hyman of the Levine Autism Clinic in Rochester, NY described The ANT as the “ANT-ithesis of inactivity”. While other entities are making public places inclusive, The Autism Nature Trail at Letchworth State Park has made an inclusive place public, planning outdoor recreation which is accessible and enjoyable for every visitor.
Ali’s experience with nature at Letchworth State Park was the spark that led to the idea for The ANT. So of course, Letchworth was the natural place for The ANT’s location.
Beyond that connection, Letchworth is recognized by those who live nearby and around the globe as one of the most beautiful and inspiring places in the world. It is hard to say “Letchworth is a well-kept secret” now that it enjoys the distinction of having been voted the #1 state park in the US and attracts nearly a million visitors annually.
Appreciation for the support of the teams at Letchworth, Natural Heritage Trust, Camp Puzzle Peace, Perry Central School District, the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, and each donor, sponsor, and organizational partner cannot be overstated.