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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 21 Sep
Native American & Pioneer Heritage Day
Saturday, September 21, 2019 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Watch Native American Dancers perform traditional dances and learn about their cultural significance. The day's events will include craft demonstrations, as well as a variety of demonstrations related to Native American and pioneer life. Small Game Target Atlatl Competition. The Atlatl (spear-throwing) activities are also on Friday and Sunday [contact Douglas Bassett, (585) 493-3625, for more information].

Sun 22 Sep
Nature Walks: Jemison Trail
Sunday, September 22, 2019 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

General nature walks highlighted by what is met along the way.

Meet at Council Grounds parking lot (2 hours, 1 mile).

Mon 23 Sep
Knee-High Naturalists Program at Humphrey Nature Center
Monday, September 23, 2019 10:30 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

Wed 25 Sep
Lunch Near Wetlands & Wilds
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 11:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Join Douglas Bassett to different spots each week near the HNC as unique wetlands, fens, boggy swamps, springs, seeps, streams and old growth trees are pointed out and enjoyed up close as we learn about the hidden life of wetlands & trees in relatively undisturbed ecosystems. Bring a lunch. (2-3 hours)

Wed 25 Sep
Mushroom walk
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 03:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

A mushroom walk on Wednesday, September 25 will highlight more autumn fungi.

Meet at High Bridge parking lot.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Educational Services (Accessible)