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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 05 Jan
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, January 5, 2019 until Sunday, April 7, 2019 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Saturdays & Sundays from 10am to 5pm from January 5th to April 7th.

This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of 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 7th.

Thu 17 Jan
Winter Treks: Bear Hollow Trail
Thursday, January 17, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Meet at Bear Hollow #16 Trailhead on River Road 1/2 mile south of Ridge Road junction. Bring a lunch. Great vistas from the east bank of the Smokey Hollow Valley.
Sat 19 Jan
Winter Wonder Walks
Saturday, January 19, 2019 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Family programs (one-hour duration) are  held at 1pm on various natural history themes. Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center Saturdays Jan 5th - Feb 9th.
Sat 19 Jan
Ski Nature Hike: Intermediate Ability (on rolling terrain)
Saturday, January 19, 2019 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Each nature ski hike meets at Trailside Lodge and will consist of a review of cross country skiing basics and maneuvers before exploring a mile or more of winter wonderland. These ski hikes will be nature walks and will be at the Humphrey Nature Center if the snow does not provide adequate ski conditions. If you have any questions or need other information, please call 585-493-3680.

Sun 20 Jan
Adventure Nature Ski Hike
Sunday, January 20, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

This is a three or four mile ski hike for the advanced skiers that will meet at the Camper Contact Station, opposite the Perry Entrance. Skiers will be following the Big Flats Trail and sections of the Smokey Hollow Trail and the Park Road. The hike will include long up and down hill runs, which may require ski removal. IF adequate ski conditions do not exist, a two-mile nature hike will replace the ski hike.

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