North Jupiter Flatwoods Natural Area
The North Jupiter Flatwoods is a 160 acre Palm Beach County Natural Area located in Jupiter, Florida adjacent to The Els Center of Excellence campus.
In 2017, The Learning Academy at The Els Center of Excellence partnered with Palm Beach County to participate in the Adopt-A-Natural Area program to improve and promote the North Jupiter Flatwoods.
The Learning Academy collaborated with Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management to make autism-friendly improvements to the natural area.
Additions were made to the 1/2 mile paved nature trails to make the area more accessible and enjoyable for families of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.
In April 2019, the North Jupiter Flatwoods Natural Area was officially designated "autism-friendly" by the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD).
A collaboration between The Learning Academy speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, teachers, behavior analysts and representatives from Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management developed improvements to the area including:
- .5 miles of ADA paved trails
- visual signage
- benches for break areas
- a swing
- physical barriers
- sensory stations
- supporting resources and materials
The following materials have been created to help prepare individuals for using the area and to support those while enjoying the area.