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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
Fri 24 May
New York Atlatl Competition
Friday, May 24, 2019 until Sunday, May 26, 2019
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

(Before and after the Learn to Catch a Fish & Kids Conservation Day at Trailside Lodge).

Friday after 4pm, Saturday before and after the Kids Conservation Day, and Sunday until 1pm.

Various spear-throwing competitions for target accuracy (International Standard Accuracy Contest (ISAC), NYAA contests (Individual, Animal, European, International and European). Open to the public with demonstration equipment available on Saturday (atlatl - the spear thrower; dart the spear).

Fri 24 May
Red, White and Blue Balloon Rally
Friday, May 24, 2019 until Monday, May 27, 2019
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Friday 6:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 6:00pm and 6:30pm, Monday 6:00pm.

Six massed balloon flights, launching from Archery Field near the Castile Entrance, weather permitting. (Friends of Letchworth fundraiser food/souvenir stand on weekend afternoons).

Sat 25 May
Sehgahunda Trail Marathon & Relay
Saturday, May 25, 2019 until Sunday, May 26, 2019
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

This beautiful and challenging course follows the Letchworth Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail along the eastern rim of Letchworth gorge from Mount Morris Dam to Letchworth State Park Parade grounds. Shorter runs are offered on Sunday.

Registration required; for details visit: www.yellowjacketracing.com

Registration: Required
Sat 25 May
Weekly Bird Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, May 25, 2019 09:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Beginners and birders alike will be led on short walks near the Humphrey Nature Center to find the increasing number of returning birds of the spring. Binoculars will be available to borrow. (1 ½ hours).
Sat 25 May
Learn to Catch a Fish & Kinds Conservation Day
Saturday, May 25, 2019 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

Event featuring games, activities, educational workshops, spear-fishing target contest, free fishing (no license required), free lunch and door prizes. Presented by Friends of Letchworth in conjunction with DEC and Cornell Cooperative Extension. Trailside Lodge.

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