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Thu 02 May
Home Ecologist- May: Friends in Nature
Thursday, May 2, 2019 until Thursday, May 23, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Find out about your friends that live in Letchworth State Park.

Ages 6-12 on the 2nd, 20th and 23rd

Ages 12+ on the 16th

This program is geared towards home school families with children ages 6-12. Offering one program per month for families with children ages 12+. Each month will focus on a different theme. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program. Home Ecologist is at the Humphrey Nature Center.
Registration: Optional
Mon 20 May
Knee-High Naturalists Program at the Humphrey Nature Center
Monday, May 20, 2019 10:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

This 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. This program will be held the first and third Mondays of each month (April 1st to June 17th), from 10:30am to 11:30am at the Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth State Park.

Registration: Optional
Tue 21 May
Lunch in Old Growth Woods at Humphrey Nature Center
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center. Join Douglas Bassett on a different walk each week to learn about unique individual giants spanning 200 to 300 years old. You’ll also learn about the hidden life of trees and old growth ecosystems. Bring a lunch (2-3 hours).

Wed 22 May
Happy Birthday, Mr. Letchworth!
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Are school children will be visiting Letchworth State Park in commemoration of the birth of its great benefactor, William Pryor Letchworth. A half-mile loop around the Glen Iris Inn will highlight the park's history. Along the loop, 15-minute programs, at 10 interpretive stations in rotation, will be conducted on various subjects including flint knapping, atlatl demonstration, Civil War camp life, and local plants & animals. You may even meet Caroline Bishop, Mr. Letchworth's trusted secretary, or Mr. Letchworth himself enjoying the festivities.
Fri 24 May
New York Atlatl Competition
Friday, May 24, 2019 until Sunday, May 26, 2019
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

(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
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

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
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

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
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

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
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

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.
Sat 25 May
Whitetail World at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, May 25, 2019 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Spring is the time when fawns are born and begin to expand their world. We will explore the woods from a fawn’s point of view, and find one if we’re lucky! Every other Saturday at 11am. April 13th and 27th, May 11th and 25th, June 8th and 22nd. (1 hour)
Sat 25 May
Family Springtime Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, May 25, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Join us as we discover what's growing, emerging or changing in our springtime woods. Saturdays at 1pm (1 1/2 hours, 1 mile) Some may car pool to nearby trails.
Sun 26 May
Kids to Park Day
Sunday, May 26, 2019 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Come on down to the Mount Morris Dam and Recreation Area for some family fun to kick-off the summer. This is a great way to enjoy a beautiful Sunday with children's activities, food and lots of fun! FREE family event!

Meet at Mt Morris Dam Visitor Center. Take the Mt Morris Dam Entrance Road located 2 miles south of Mount Morris off of SR 408. Call 585-658-4790 for more information.

Mon 27 May
Geology Walk
Monday, May 27, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Parking lot past Cabin Area B. 2 hours, 1 mile. Geology, history and nature lore are the subjects of a walk into the changing path of the Lower Falls. Lots of steps and muddy spots.

Mon 27 May
How the Gorge was Formed - Story of the Park
Monday, May 27, 2019 12:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Inspiration Point parking Lot. 1 hour, 1/4 mile.

Follow short, paved, handicap-accessible walk ways. Comprehensive introduction to Letchworth State Park as viewed from Inspiration Point which covers geology, glacial and human history plus plant and animal lore.

 

Mon 27 May
Memorial Tree Walk
Monday, May 27, 2019 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at the Museum. 2 hours, 1 mile.

A general history and nature walk. We will visit the historical memorial trees that have been planted on the Glen iris Estate, and also view State and National Champions!

Wed 29 May
Brooks and Brambles- Along Dishmill Creek
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at the Parade Grounds entrance off Route 436. Will car pool. 4 hours, 2 miles.

Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary lines that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, pricklers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended.

Thu 30 May
Warbler Walks- Common Species
Thursday, May 30, 2019 07:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Castile Entrance Gate. Will car pool. 3 hours, 1 mile or more.

With 25 species, Letchworth State Park may have more nesting species of wood warblers than anywhere else in the world! Each week, actual nesting sites will be visited, and we will search for a third of the park’s nesting warbler species, as we study the factors that yield such diversity. Binoculars are recommended.

Fri 31 May
Lunch in Old Growth Woods at Humphrey Nature Center
Friday, May 31, 2019 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center. Join Douglas Bassett on a different walk each week to learn about unique individual giants spanning 200 to 300 years old. You’ll also learn about the hidden life of trees and old growth ecosystems. Bring a lunch (2-3 hours).
Sat 01 Jun
Weekly Bird Walks
Saturday, June 1, 2019 until Saturday, June 29, 2019 08:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

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 01 Jun
Family Springtime Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 1, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Join us as we discover what's growing, emerging or changing in our springtime woods. Saturdays at 1pm (1 1/2 hours, 1 mile) Some may car pool to nearby trails.
Sun 02 Jun
Springtime Walks- St. Helena Trail (visiting the river)
Sunday, June 2, 2019 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Lowest St. Helena parking area. Bring a lunch. 3 hours, 2 miles.

General nature walks highlighting the spring season and what is met along the way.

Mon 03 Jun
Knee-High Naturalists Program at the Humphrey Nature Center
Monday, June 3, 2019 10:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

This 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. This program will be held the first and third Mondays of each month (April 1st to June 17th), from 10:30am to 11:30am at the Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth State Park.

Registration: Optional
Wed 05 Jun
Brooks and Brambles- Griffith Proad to Pennycook
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Junction of Pennycook Road and state Route 436 (1/4 miles east of Parade Grounds Entrance). 4 hours, 2 miles.

Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary lines that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, pricklers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended.

Wed 05 Jun
Crepuscular Walks- New Crescent Moon Beaver Walk
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Parade Grounds Parking Lot. Brush, water and muddy spots. Will car pool. 2 hours, 1 mile.

In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and nightlight. Star watching will follow programs, weather permitting. Flashlight recommended.

Thu 06 Jun
Lunch in Old Growth Woods at Humphrey Nature Center
Thursday, June 6, 2019 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center. Join Douglas Bassett on a different walk each week to learn about unique individual giants spanning 200 to 300 years old. You’ll also learn about the hidden life of trees and old growth ecosystems. Bring a lunch (2-3 hours).

Thu 06 Jun
Home Ecologist- June: Life in the Pond
Thursday, June 6, 2019 until Thursday, June 27, 2019 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

We will explore the life in and around Trout Pond.

Ages 6-12 on the 6th, 17th, and 27th

Ages 12+ on the 20th

This program is geared towards home school families with children ages 6-12. Offering one program per month for families with children ages 12+. Each month will focus on a different theme. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is not required but appreciated. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program. Home Ecologist is at the Humphrey Nature Center.

Registration: Optional
Fri 07 Jun
Warbler Walks- Uncommon Species
Friday, June 7, 2019 07:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at the Portageville Entrance at Griffith Rd. Will car pool. 3 hours, 1 mile.

With 25 species, Letchworth State Park may have more nesting species of wood warblers than anywhere else in the world! Each week, actual nesting sites will be visited, and we will search for a third of the park’s nesting warbler species, as we study the factors that yield such diversity. Binoculars are recommended.

Sat 08 Jun
17th Annual Photographer's Dream Day
Saturday, June 8, 2019 09:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Join the Corps of Engineers & the Canyon Camera Club for a day of picture taking & learning. Pack a lunch & enjoy photo seminars, photo walks, & interesting subjects. This is a free public event! For details, please contact Mount Morris Dam Visitor Center at 585-658-4790.
Sat 08 Jun
New York State Yoga Festival at Letchworth State Park
Saturday, June 8, 2019 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

A truly inspirational day full of yoga instruction by various teachers in several locations throughout the park culminating with one huge yoga class at Archery Field overlooking the gorge. Food and holistic products vendors. In collaboration with Hikyoga.
Sat 08 Jun
GVG Passport Hike Series - Route 20 to Fowler Road (Wegmans Hike #5)
Saturday, June 8, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Park on south side of Route 20 just west of 5 & 20 junction west of Avon (42.917272, -77.784453). Vistas of the Genesee River and remnants of lock #5.

6.5 miles, 4.8 miles to trail marker round trip. 4 hours.

Sat 08 Jun
Whitetail World at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 8, 2019 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Spring is the time when fawns are born and begin to expand their world. We will explore the woods from a fawn’s point of view, and find one if we’re lucky! Every other Saturday at 11am. April 13th and 27th, May 11th and 25th, June 8th and 22nd. (1 hour)
Sat 08 Jun
Family Springtime Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 8, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Join us as we discover what's growing, emerging or changing in our springtime woods. Saturdays at 1pm (1 1/2 hours, 1 mile) Some may car pool to nearby trails.
Sun 09 Jun
RBA Bird Tour
Sunday, June 9, 2019 05:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Mt.  Morris Dam Snack Bar. Bring a lunch. Will car pool. 6 hours.

Car-pool through the Park on east or west sides of the river visiting many different habitats that will enable observers to locate over 75 species of birds. Sponsored by the Rochester birding Association.

Wed 12 Jun
Warbler Walks- Pare Species
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 07:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at the Parade Grounds Parking Lot. Will car pool. 3 hours, 1 mile or more.

With 25 species, Letchworth State Park may have more nesting species of wood warblers than anywhere else in the world! Each week, actual nesting sites will be visited, and we will search for a third of the park’s nesting warbler species, as we study the factors that yield such diversity. Binoculars are recommended.

Wed 12 Jun
Brooks and Brambles- DeGolyer Road to Castile Entrance
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Castile Entrance. 4 hours, 2 miles.

Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary lines that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, pricklers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended.

Thu 13 Jun
Crepuscular Walk - Approaching Full Moon by the River
Thursday, June 13, 2019 07:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Lowest St. Helena Parking Lot. 2-3 hours, 1-2 miles.

In a less familiar realm of sights and sounds, experience the changing colors and moods in the blending zone of daylight and nightlight. Star watching will follow programs, weather permitting. Flashlight recommended.

Thu 13 Jun
Lunch in Old Growth Woods at Humphrey Nature Center
Thursday, June 13, 2019 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center. Join Douglas Bassett on a different walk each week to learn about unique individual giants spanning 200 to 300 years old. You’ll also learn about the hidden life of trees and old growth ecosystems. Bring a lunch (2-3 hours).

Sat 15 Jun
Genesee Valley Fare & Ware
Saturday, June 15, 2019 until Sunday, June 16, 2019 11:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Local food, drinks and art at the Highbanks Recreation Area. Sponsored by Livingston Arts. 7 hours.
Sat 15 Jun
Family Springtime Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 15, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Join us as we discover what's growing, emerging or changing in our springtime woods. Saturdays at 1pm (1 1/2 hours, 1 mile) Some may car pool to nearby trails.
Mon 17 Jun
Knee-High Naturalists Program at the Humphrey Nature Center
Monday, June 17, 2019 10:30 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

This 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. This program will be held the first and third Mondays of each month (April 1st to June 17th), from 10:30am to 11:30am at the Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth State Park.

Registration: Optional
Wed 19 Jun
Brooks and Brambles- Five Corners to DeGolyer Road
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Castile Entrance. 4 hours, 2 miles.

Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary lines that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, pricklers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended.

Thu 20 Jun
Lunch in Old Growth Woods at Humphrey Nature Center
Thursday, June 20, 2019 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center. Join Douglas Bassett on a different walk each week to learn about unique individual giants spanning 200 to 300 years old. You’ll also learn about the hidden life of trees and old growth ecosystems. Bring a lunch (2-3 hours).

Sat 22 Jun
The Many on the Genny - 40 Mile Ultra Marathon
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

This challenging course follows trails and roads around the river on west and east sides of Letchworth State Park from and back to the Mount Morris Dam. Registration required; for details contact: Eric Eagan 585-703-1158.
Registration: Required
Sat 22 Jun
Whitetail World at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 22, 2019 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Spring is the time when fawns are born and begin to expand their world. We will explore the woods from a fawn’s point of view, and find one if we’re lucky! Every other Saturday at 11am. April 13th and 27th, May 11th and 25th, June 8th and 22nd. (1 hour)
Sat 22 Jun
Family Springtime Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 22, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Join us as we discover what's growing, emerging or changing in our springtime woods. Saturdays at 1pm (1 1/2 hours, 1 mile) Some may car pool to nearby trails.
Sun 23 Jun
Nature Up Close - Butterfly Beauties at the Humphrey Nature Center
Sunday, June 23, 2019 02:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Study the beauty and composition of hundreds of dried butterfly specimens representing most of the world's butterfly families. Dozens of local and New York species, as well as those found in the Niagara Parks butterfly Conservatory, are specially noted. Butterfly structure and local natural history will be featured in two new butterfly videos. This is an excellent primer for the Butterfly Walk on July 6th.
Tue 25 Jun
Lunch in Old Growth Woods at Humphrey Nature Center
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 11:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at the Humphrey Nature Center. Join Douglas Bassett on a different walk each week to learn about unique individual giants spanning 200 to 300 years old. You’ll also learn about the hidden life of trees and old growth ecosystems. Bring a lunch (2-3 hours).

Wed 26 Jun
Brooks and Brambles- Gibsonville Road to Perry Gate
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 10:00 AM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Perry Entrance. 4 hours, 2 miles.

Letchworth State Park has over fifty miles of boundary lines that traverses many scenic hills and dales. Ten miles in five sessions will be explored. Long pants, sturdy footwear (for mud, pricklers, poison ivy and stream crossings) and packed lunch or snacks are all recommended.

Sat 29 Jun
Mushroom Foray: Rochester Area Mycological Foray Annual Bolete Foray
Saturday, June 29, 2019 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Meet at St. Helena Upper Shelter. 6 hours, foray in various nearby sites.

Special program of the Rochester Mycological Society to which the public is invited Saturday, June 29th (focus on summer boletes and other mycorrhizal fungi). These are morning forays followed by a public display of the mushrooms in the afternoon.

Sat 29 Jun
Family Springtime Walks at the Humphrey Nature Center
Saturday, June 29, 2019 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Letchworth State Park
(585) 493-3600

Join us as we discover what's growing, emerging or changing in our springtime woods. Saturdays at 1pm (1 1/2 hours, 1 mile) Some may car pool to nearby trails.