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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 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
Sun 22 Jul
Nature Walk- Lee's Landing East
Sunday, July 22, 2018 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at Parade Grounds parking lot. Bring a lunch. 3 hours, 1 mile.
Sun 22 Jul
Nature Up Close- Fern Workshop at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, July 22, 2018 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Study the structure and form of dozens of ferns and their allies. Dried specimens will be available to contrast and compare their features. This is an excellent primer for Fern Walks on August 9th & 16th.
Tue 24 Jul
Crepuscular Walk- Approaching Full Moon Over the River
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 07:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at Lower St. Helena parking lot. Bring a flashlight. 203 hours, 1 mile.
Wed 25 Jul
Lunch Near Wetlands & Wilds at the Humphrey Nature Center
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 11:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Join Douglas Bassett to different spots each week near the HNC as unique wetlands, fens, boggy swamps, springs, streams and old growth trees are pointed out and enjoyed up close as we learn about the hidden life of wetlands & trees in relatively undisturbed ecosystems. Bring a lunch (2-3 hours).

Wed 25 Jul
“LEARN ABOUT LETCHWORTH” LECTURE SERIES
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Lecture programs highlighting the history and environmental heritage of Letchworth and the Genesee Valley area. Wednesday evenings from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, at The Humphrey Nature Center.

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