The Birthplace of Forest Conservation in America

The Adventure Zone

The Autism Society of North Carolina, Cradle of Forestry Interpretive Association and USDA Forest Service are so pleased to bring the Adventure Zone to life at the Cradle of Forestry!

The Zone is a collective of hands-on activities (indoor and outdoors) that were designed to help children and adults with autism become active in the outdoors and gain a better understanding about the natural world. The Adventure Zone activities were created to be exciting for everyone! The maps and schedules we’ve added were designed to make these fun activities accessible for people on the autism spectrum, but the Zone is open to anyone who is interested in experiencing fun in the great outdoors.

Families who would like to participate in the Adventure Zone will find the map station to the left of the front entrance. There, they will create a schedule by choosing the activities they would like to participate in over the course of the day. The indoor portion of the Adventure Zone focuses on a few Cradle favorites, such as the helicopter simulator and the brand-new movie, “There’s Magic at the Cradle”, along with a new Building Station. The outdoor Zone focuses on nature-play and hands-on activities that will stimulate a sense of wonder for the outdoor world.

If you’d like to learn more about what our partner, Sylvia Van Meerten, is doing to help families affected by autism, please check out this incredible website:  You’ll find information, research, resources and success stories dealing with autism and what Sylvia is doing to help.

To download a printable schedule at home in anticipation of a trip to the Adventure Zone, please click here and tell everyone you know!

Adventure Zone Map

Adventure Zone Map

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