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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 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
Wed 21 Feb
Winter Treks: Sycamore Trail
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

3½ hours. Travel to the heart of the Gardeau Valley and ponder the park's largest tree.

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.

Thu 22 Feb
Home Ecologist: Birds of Prey
Thursday, February 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 Feb
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, February 24, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

The citizen science project sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do 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 6th.
Sun 25 Feb
Winter Treks: Dehgayasoh Valley
Sunday, February 25, 2018 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

3 hours. Seek the valley of the "Nameless Spirits" with its tall pines and ancient hemlocks.

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.

Sun 25 Feb
Project Feederwatch at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, February 25, 2018 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
(585) 493-3680

The citizen science project sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is easy to do 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 6th.

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