The 1st Autism-Friendly Natural Area In The State Opens In Jupiter

Gerald Lombardo
Posted by Gerald Lombardo
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The North Jupiter Flatwoods Natural Area recently became the first certified, Autism-friendly park in the state.

This park is a great addition to the community and a valuable resource for those on the spectrum who can now enjoy the great, South Florida outdoors along with everyone else.

To make the area safe for those with Autism the Palm Beach County Environmental Resource Management Office partnered with the Learning Academy at the El's Center of Excellence to add additional water barriers, signage and rest areas.

North Jupiter Flatwoods Natural Area

This 160-acre natural area preserves mesic flatwoods, wet flatwoods, depression marsh, and dome swamp ecosystems. It is also home to several populations of rare plants including Atlantic St. John's-wort, trumpet creeper, and yellow jessamine.  This site is designated as part of Florida's Greenways and Trails System - it is located within a system of linked conservation lands creating a wildlife corridor adjacent to the Loxahatchee River, including a crossing structure installed under Island Way to provide safe passage for animals under the road.


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