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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 10:00AM - 5:00PM, daily.

  • Thanksgiving Day--CLOSED
Sun 26 Jun
Crepuscular Walks: Fireflies by the River
Sunday, June 26, 2022 07:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Evenings (2 hours, 1 mile), except as noted. In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and "nightlight". Star watching will follow programs, weather permitting. Flashlight recommended. May caravan.
Tue 28 Jun
Lunch In Old Growth Woods
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 11:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Join Douglas Bassett to different spots each week near the HNC as unique individual giants spanning 200 to 300 years in age are pointed out and enjoyed up close as we learn about the hidden life of trees and old growth ecosystems. Bring a lunch. (2-3 hours)
Wed 29 Jun
Brooks and Brambles: Gibsonville Road to Perry Gate
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary line that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, prickers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended. Will caravan.
Fri 01 Jul
Plant Walks: Wildflower Walks
Friday, July 1, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Become more familiar with the hundreds of local plants that include lichens, fungi, liverworts, mosses, ferns, shrubs, trees and wildflowers. Focus on wildflowers, but also discuss lichens, mosses, grasses, vines, shrubs and trees.
Sat 02 Jul
Animal Walks: Butterfly Beauties.
Saturday, July 2, 2022 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Become more familiar with the thousands of local animals that include spiders, insects (bugs, butterflies, moths, and dragonflies), fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Focus on butterflies and moths. NOTE: The thirty-eighth annual July Butterfly Count that is sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association will be held on July 2nd in Letchworth State Park. Experienced butterfly watchers wishing to participate on an informal count may contact Douglas Bassett at 585-493- 3625. Rain date is July 3.

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