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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.

Mon 25 Mar
Knee-High Naturalists Program at the Humphrey Nature Center
Monday, March 25, 2019 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

By Volunteer Annie O’Reilly, the Knee-High Naturalists program is designed to allow children ages 3-6 (must be accompanied by an adult) to explore the natural world. Themes change with each program, and activities may include storybook reading, crafts, or a short nature walk. Registration appreciated by calling 585-493-3680. This program is held every other Monday from January 14th to March 25th from 10:30am to 11:15am.
Registration: Optional
Thu 28 Mar
Home Ecologist – Maple Sugaring
Thursday, March 28, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children ages 6 – 12, except those noted ages 12+. Each month will focus on a different theme, as noted. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program.
Registration: Optional
Sat 30 Mar
NYS Maple Weekends
Saturday, March 30, 2019 until Sunday, March 31, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Join us for a weekend full of maple activities! Continual demonstrations of three different maples sugaring techniques will be doing on, including Iroquois stone boiling, iron pot fire pit boiling, and the use of a modern evaporator. Hourly walks led by park naturalists will highlight maple tree identification, how to tap a tree, and more! Pancake breakfasts will be available thanks to the Friends of Letchworth State Park from 10am to 1pm each day. for more information or lager group logistics at least 5 days in advance.
Mon 01 Apr
Nature Table - Springtime Plants & Animals at the Humphrey Nature Center
Monday, April 1, 2019 until Tuesday, April 30, 2019 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Naturalists are available throughout the day to discuss Nature Table topics at the Humphrey Nature Center. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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