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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
Mon 19 Mar
Knee-High Naturalist Program
Monday, March 19, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

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.

The program will be held every other Monday at the Humphrey Nature Center

Wed 21 Mar
Winter Treks: Mt. Morris Canyon- West
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

3½ hours. View floodplain scenes of the Northern End of Letchworth State Park, downstream of the Mt. Morris Dam.

Refer to calendar for starting points. These 10 am hikes are for those who wish the thrill of a more demanding nature walk over hill and dale and often in the remote reaches of Letchworth State Park. Bring a lunch and be prepared for the weather during the several hours outing.

Wed 21 Mar
Signs of Spring Walk
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

March 21 (Wednesday) 2:00 pm, 3 hours. General nature walk will explore forest and field in search of vernal greetings.

Meet at Mount Morris Entrance Gate.

Thu 22 Mar
Home Ecologist: Maple Sugaring
Thursday, March 22, 2018 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. Each month will focus on a different theme, with three programs per month. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program. Meet at Humphrey Nature Center

Sat 24 Mar
NYS Maple Weekends
Saturday, March 24, 2018 until Sunday, March 25, 2018 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Join us for a weekend full of maple activities! Continual demonstrations of three different maple sugaring techniques will be going 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 10:00 am – 1:00 pm each day.

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