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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 Thursday - Monday 10:00AM - 5:00PM. The building is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays November 1 - April 30. Open daily 10:00AM - 5:00PM, May 1 - October 31.

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.

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Hours of Operation

  • The building is open Daily 10:00AM - 5:00PM, May 1 - October 31.
    The building is open Thursday to Monday 10:00AM - 5:00PM, November 1 - April 28.
  • Thanksgiving Day--CLOSED
Thu 28 Sep
Thursday, September 28, 2023 11:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Join Douglas Bassett to different spots 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)
Sat 30 Sep
The Great Outdoors Fest
Saturday, September 30, 2023 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth

This exhilarating celebration of nature, adventure, and community is guaranteed to awaken your spirit and ignite your curiosity.

The Great Outdoors Fest is not just an event—it's a chance to connect with nature, learn new things, and create lifelong memories with friends and family. Jump on this opportunity to answer the call of the wild and experience the true beauty of nature at The Great Outdoors Fest. Mark your calendars, gather your adventure crew, and prepare to make memories that will last a lifetime! Event and Admission fees to the park do apply 9am-5pm.  Please see: for more details.

Location is the Lower Falls Recreation Area.
Registration: Required
Sat 30 Sep
Saturday, September 30, 2023 10:00 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Meet at High Bridge parking lot. (2-3 hours, 1 mile).
Sun 01 Oct
Turkey Hollow Hike
Sunday, October 1, 2023 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
General nature hike along the new Turkey Hollow Trail between Gardeau and Smokey Hollow. Carpooling required. Bring a lunch. Meet at Smokey Hollow overlook, 2 miles south of Perry entrance
Wed 04 Oct
Wednesday Nature Walks: Middle Gorge Trail
Wednesday, October 4, 2023 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Follow the weekly changes of autumn scenery through a mixture of topics dealing with history, fall foliage, flowers, migratory birds, small animals and especially the annual profusion of MUSHROOMS. Meet in front of Lower Falls Restaurant, on Lower Falls Road.

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