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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
Wed 23 May
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

School groups are encouraged to attend this event. The general public is also welcome. An outdoor celebration with 10 stations to visit, each station will have a different topic of discussion. Topics include flora and fauna, flint-knapping, Civil War camp life, Mary Jemison, listen and watch a portrayal of Mr. Letchworth and Caroline Bishop. Cake will be available. Call 585-493-3637 for more information. 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Museum Area.

Thu 24 May
Home Ecologist- Native American & Letchworth History Museum
Thursday, May 24, 2018 01:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

For ages 12+ (1.5 hours, on site and nearby).

May: Native American and Letchworth History- Find out about the history of Letchworth State Park and those that make it great. Meet at William Pryor Letchworth Museum.

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children ages 6-12. Now offering one program per month for families with children ages 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.

Fri 25 May
Friday, May 25, 2018 until Monday, May 28, 2018
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Six massed balloon flights, Friday 6:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 6:00 am and 6:30 pm, Monday 6:00 am, launching from The Archery Field near the Castile entrance weather permitting. Visit for details.

Fri 25 May
New York Atlatl Association- Atlatl Competition
Friday, May 25, 2018 04:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Various spear-throwing competitions for target accuracy (Individual, Animal, European, International and European). Open to the public.  Until dusk.
Sat 26 May
Weekly Bird Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, May 26, 2018 09:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Beginners and “birders” alike will be led on short walks near the HNC to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Meet Saturdays at 9:00am in May and June (1.5 hours).

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