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Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth

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Address
1 Letchworth State Park
Castile, NY 14427
Latitude 42.592739
Longitude -78.034711

The Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth State Park opened in June 2016 and offers year-round environmental education opportunities for school groups, scouts, youth organizations, and the general public. Programming at the center focuses on the main topics of interest around the park, including geology, wildlife and botany. The building is open daily 10:00AM - 5:00PM.

The Humphrey Nature Center houses many interactive exhibits that especially highlight the plants and animals, geology and river ecology of Letchworth State Park. A video through the gorge during each of the four seasons plays on a loop on the face of a large reconstruction of the gorge wall. There is also large classroom/meeting space in the building.

Outside the Humphrey Nature Center you will find an outdoor classroom, butterfly garden, a bird observation station, and sustainable features such as solar panels and a cistern for collecting rainwater. There are trails that leave from the center that bring visitors to different points of interest such as Trout Pond, Inspiration Point Overlook and patches of old growth forest.

For more information about the Humphrey Nature Center, please give us a call at (585) 493-3680.

Hours of Operation

  • The building is open 10:00AM - 5:00PM Thursday-Monday

    Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays

  • Thanksgiving Day--CLOSED
Wed 26 Jan
Winter Treks- Hogsback
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth

Meet at Hogsback Overlook (1 mile south of G.W Harvey Pool at north end of park).

See this unique landform from the western rim of the canyon. These 10 am hikes are for those who wish the thrill of a more demanding nature walk over hill and dale and often in the remote reaches of Letchworth State Park. Bring a lunch and be prepared for the weather during the several hours outing.
Sat 29 Jan
Cross Country Nature Ski Hikes
Saturday, January 29, 2022 until Sunday, January 30, 2022
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth

Each nature ski hike meets at Trailside Lodge and will consist of a review of cross country skiing basics and maneuvers before exploring a mile or more of winter wonderland. These ski hikes will be nature walks and will meet at the Humphrey Nature Center if the snow does not provide adequate ski conditions. If you have any questions or need other information, please call ahead. 

Novice Ability on near level terrain  
Saturday at 10:00 am. January 29
Sunday at 1:00 pm. January 30                    

Intermediate Ability on rolling terrain            
Saturday at 2:30 pm. January 29 
Sunday at 2:30 pm. January 30
Sat 29 Jan
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, January 29, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth

Meet at Humphrey Nature Center

This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike!  Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home.  Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 7th
Sat 29 Jan
Winter Lecture Series- Invasive Species
Saturday, January 29, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth

Meet at Humphrey Nature Center

After taking a break from our Winter Lecture Series due to the pandemic we are excited to be bringing it back with a few enhancements! When we were unable to safely provide in-person programming, Humphrey Nature Center staff began recording our most popular field trip programs to share with teachers and the public. These recorded programs were so well received that they have helped to create a new YouTube channel for Letchworth State Park that is set to launch January 2022. Each Winter Lecture Series program in 2022 will feature one of the pre-recorded videos with added commentary and discussion from Humphrey Nature Center staff.  Each program day, the featured video will also be released publicly on the Letchworth YouTube channel so that those not comfortable or able to join us in person can still enjoy! 
Sun 30 Jan
Project Feederwatch
Sunday, January 30, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth

Meet at Humphrey Nature Center

This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy for experienced bird watchers and beginners alike!  Learn about the lives and habits of our common feeder birds and find out how you can become a citizen scientist at home.  Count days are every Saturday and Sunday until April 7th

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