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Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth

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Address
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 Thursday - Monday 10:00AM - 5:00PM. The building is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays November 1 - April 30. Open daily 10:00AM - 5:00PM, May 1 - October 31.

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.

Field Trip & Scout Programs Brochure

Hours of Operation

  • The building is open Daily 10:00AM - 5:00PM, May 1 - October 31.
    The building is open Thursday to Monday 10:00AM - 5:00PM, November 1 - April 28.
  • Thanksgiving Day--CLOSED
Wed 24 Jul
I BIRD NY Challenge
Wednesday, July 24, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Meet at Hogsback Overlook. Use your observation skills and join the I BIRD NY Challenge by identifying any 10 bird species of your choosing in New York State. All participants will be awarded a commemorative patch, given a completion certificate, and entered into a drawing for great birding prizes when challenge sheets are submitted to birdingchallenge@dec.ny.gov.
Wed 24 Jul
The Civilian Conservation Corps: The Boys Who Built the Park
Wednesday, July 24, 2024 02:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Meet at William Pryor Letchworth Museum. A Great Depression era federal work program brought teenagers and twenty-somethings to build park roads, bridges, cabins, shelters, pavilions, and safety walls we use today. Hear their stories. Onsite.
Thu 25 Jul
The Remarkable Life of Mary Jemison
Thursday, July 25, 2024 02:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Meet at William Pryor Letchworth Museum. Irish girl turned landowner, mother, and Onondawagah (Seneca) historical icon. Onsite.
Fri 26 Jul
The Story of the Glen Iris Estate
Friday, July 26, 2024 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Meet at William Pryor Letchworth Museum. See where William Pryor Letchworth transformed an industrial zone into a beautiful country estate that would grow into America's best state park, with a view of the Glen Iris mansion itself. Onsite.
Fri 26 Jul
Chemistry of Nature
Friday, July 26, 2024 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Meet at Humphrey Nature Center. Ever wonder why the river is that color? What pollinators get out of the flowers? Why that plant is poisonous? How plants get nutrients from the soil? Come to the Chemistry of Nature walk to find out! 1 mile.