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Trail Map & Activity Stations

The Autism Nature Trail is an inclusive recreational trail space outdoors where everyone can experience the physical, emotional and social benefits of being more fully engaged with nature and with each other. The Trail offers a range of experiences from quiet engagement to active exploration and adventure along its one-mile loop.

Activity Stations

Activity Stations

The stations on the Trail engage each individual’s processing senses (auditory, visual, tactile, vestibular and proprioceptive), using nature and natural materials as the tools for skill-building. The ANT’s natural setting allows for safe social distancing and planned interaction throughout the experience of the Trail.

Trailhead Pavilion Sensory Station Sunshine Slope Music Circle Reflection Knoll Meadow Run & Climb Design Zone Playful Path Celebration Station
Trailhead Pavilion

Trailhead Pavilion

The Trailhead Pavilion marks the entry and exit for The ANT. A rain chain on the entrance side offers a soothing and inviting gateway to the Trail. Orientation materials available at the start of the Trail provide an optimum experience during every visit.

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Sensory Station

Sensory Station

The Sensory Station has two “gazebos” with a variety of items commonly found in the forest (nuts, pinecones, bark, rocks with fossils, seed pods, etc.) that can be touched and smelled, counted and sorted, classified and categorized. Two carved benches are located here.

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Sunshine Slope

Sunshine Slope

The Sunshine Slope is a “maze” up a gentle slope in full sun. Three cuddle swings and one Alone Zone are located here, as are three trays on pedestals, filled with donor Tribute Tiles.

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Music Circle

Music Circle

The Music Circle includes an accessible stage and three nature-inspired instruments in the main circle and two “Alone Zones” (not accessible to wheelchairs) up the hill. The Alone Zone on the left has a wooden bench and lilypad cymbals, and the Alone Zone on the right has a wooden bench and a separate path that leads back to the main Trail (an “escape route”). Nearby are three more trays on pedestals with donor Tribute Tiles.

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Reflection Knoll

Reflection Knoll

The Reflection Knoll marks the halfway point on the Trail and has a dozen boulder seats, a center stone, two mini-Alone Zones, and 7 hidden woodland creatures (cardinal, deer, frog, squirrel and three ants) carved in the stones.

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Meadow Run & Climb

Meadow Run & Climb

The Meadow Run and Climb offers a grassy hill (accessible), a willow dome and tunnel, a log stairway, and 4 pieces of play equipment. Three carved benches are located here.

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Design Zone

Design Zone

The Design Zone contains starter structures and natural building materials to construct “houses,” teepees, forts and smaller creations in full shade. A bench made from the old railroad trestle that spanned the Genesee River is located here.

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Playful Path

Playful Path

The Playful Path is a series of “loops” made with a variety of surfaces (river stones, slate, log rounds, sand). A carved bench is located here.

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Celebration Station

Celebration Station

The Celebration Station offers two chalkboards for recording impressions or feelings, drawing pictures or just signing names. Shelves are available for returning natural items found.

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