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Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth

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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 daily (closed Tuesdays): 10:00AM – 5:00PM

    Until the end of the year we are closed on Tuesdays. Starting January 1st, however, our schedule for the year will be:

    January – April we will be open Thursday through Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday).
    May – October we will be open daily.
    November – December we will be open Thursday through Monday.

  • Thanksgiving Day--CLOSED
Sat 07 Dec
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, December 7, 2019 until Sunday, December 8, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do 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 4th.
Thu 12 Dec
Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Come share some of Douglas’s 46+ years of experiences at Letchworth State Park. We will explore the HNC, its resources and its environs on any nature subject of interest. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different based on the interests expressed by the participants. Some possibilities include: rocks, water, soil, sky, fungi (including lichens and slime molds), plants (moss, ferns, flowers, vines, shrubs, trees) and animals (invertebrates (like insects & spiders), fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Bring a lunch, your curiosity of nature and show and tell items. All ages and abilities are welcome. Each program will be different, based on the interests express by participants.
Thu 12 Dec
Home Ecologist - Birds of Prey
Thursday, December 12, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children primarily ages 6 - 12. Each month will focus on a different theme. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.
Thu 12 Dec
Crepuscular Walks - Full Moon Over the Gorge
Thursday, December 12, 2019 04:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and "nightlight". Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. Sky gazing will follow evening programs if weather permits.

View the moonrise above the Great Bend Gorge. Meet at Archery Field Overlook. Bring a flashlight and a picnic supper. 2 hours, 1 mile.

Sat 14 Dec
45th Annual Letchworth-Silver Lake Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Interested persons will be searching a fifteen-mile diameter circle centered on Perry Center, NY. The purpose is to locate the birds using this area which includes all of Silver Lake and the northern half of Letchworth State Park. Interested persons should contact Douglas Bassett at 585-493-3625 prior to December 21 for territory assignment.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

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