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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
Sun 26 Jan
Project Feederwatch at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, January 26, 2020 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth

This citizen science project, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy 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.

Sun 26 Jan
Family Nature Walk: Denton Brook
Sunday, January 26, 2020 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth

Explore the woods the brook drains before it plummets 500 feet to meet the Genesee River.

Meet at Castile Entrance

Family-oriented walks of less than one mile and two hours in duration are held on Sundays at 10 am.

Sun 26 Jan
Novice Nature Ski Hike
Sunday, January 26, 2020 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth

Each nature ski hike meets at Trailside Lodge and will consist of a review of cross country skiing basics and maneuvers before exploring a mile or more of winter wonderland. These ski hikes will be nature walks and will meet at the Humphrey Nature Center if the snow does not provide adequate ski conditions. If you have any questions or need other information, please call ahead.

Sun 26 Jan
Nature Lecture Series: Fungi-What They Are and Where to Find Them at Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, January 26, 2020 01:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth

By Dr. Betsy Hutchison, SUNY Geneseo.

Dr. Hutchison will go over general characteristics of fungi and their life cycle. In addition, she will discuss the role of fungi in the environment, and how they are important ecologically. Finally, she will discuss fungi that can be found in Letchworth State Park, and where and when to look for them.

Sun 26 Jan
Nature Up Close: Overwintering Mushrooms
Sunday, January 26, 2020 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth

Over 100 dried specimens will be available for study. The focus will be on those species that aid in the decay of wood especially the conspicuous polypores.

The Nature Up Close programs allow participants a more detailed study of a topic with comparison of hands-on specimens and/or various audio-visual aids and handouts. All workshops meet in the Humphrey Nature Center located in Letchworth State Park.

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