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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
Thu 15 Nov
Old Growth Forest Visits: Museum Woods
Thursday, November 15, 2018 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at Museum.

Meet at 10am (3 hours, 1-2 miles). Several areas on the original thousand-acre estate of William Pryor Letchworth support forest trees more than 100 feet in height and 150 years in age. Without their cloak of leaves, we will be able to better appreciate the forms of these older trees. Brush and steep terrain. Bring a lunch. Will car pool.

Fri 16 Nov
Friday Frolic with Park Naturalist, Douglas Bassett
Friday, November 16, 2018 11:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

11am (2-3 hours, on site or nearby) on a dozen Fridays. October, November, December (except, Elijah Kruger on October 5th and 26th).

Come share some of Douglas’s 45+ years of experiences at Letchworth State Park. We will explore the Humphrey Nature Center, it’s 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 and spiders), fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Bring a lunch, your curiosity of nature and show and tell items.

Sat 17 Nov
Project Freederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, November 17, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 5pm November 10th through December 30th. This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab or 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.
Sat 17 Nov
November Nature Walks
Saturday, November 17, 2018 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Saturday November 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th at 1pm at the Humphrey Nature Center. 1 hour. General nature walks around the grounds of center.
Sun 18 Nov
Project Freederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, November 18, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 5pm November 10th through December 30th. This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab or 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.

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