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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 02 May
I Love My Parks Day
Saturday, May 2, 2020
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth

Volunteer to help clean your park. Work with Park Staff cleaning the park and trails. Leaf & litter pick up, removal of invasive species, etc. Enjoy lunch with the "Friends of Letchworth".

Fri 15 May
Fire On The Genesee
Friday, May 15, 2020 until Sunday, May 17, 2020 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth

Civil War Encampment, Living History and Battle Re-enactments featuring Union, Confederate and Civilian participants. Camps open at 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, Battles at 1:30 pm, Highbanks Recreation Area.

Sat 16 May
Free Learn To Catch A Fish Day
Saturday, May 16, 2020 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth

Featuring games, activities, educational workshops, free fishing (no license required). Presented in conjunction with DEC. 11:00 am - 4:00 pm at Silver Lake State Park Shelter.

Wed 20 May
William Pryor Letchworth Birthday Celebration
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3637

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 environmental station, 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 - 1:00 pm, Museum Area.

Fri 22 May
Red, White And Blue Balloon Rally
Friday, May 22, 2020 until Monday, May 25, 2020
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth

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.

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