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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 10:00AM - 5:00PM Thursday-Monday

    Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays

  • Thanksgiving Day--CLOSED
Fri 21 Jan
Home Ecologist- Winter Pine Forests (ages 6-12)
Friday, January 21, 2022 10:30 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth

Meet at Humphrey Nature Center. 

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children primarily ages 6-12 (ages 12+ on 1st pm of the month & 2nd am of the month). Each month will focus on a different theme. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program. You may register for upcoming programs by calling (585) 493-3682
Registration: Required
Fri 21 Jan
Home Ecologist- Winter Pine Forests (ages 6-12)
Friday, January 21, 2022 01:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth

Meet at Humphrey Nature Center. 

Home Ecologist is a program geared towards home school families with children primarily ages 6-12 (ages 12+ on 1st pm of the month & 2nd am of the month). Each month will focus on a different theme. Programs are free of charge, and pre-registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program. You may register for upcoming programs by calling (585) 493-3682
Registration: Required
Sat 22 Jan
Project Feederwatch
Saturday, January 22, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth

Meet at Humphrey Nature Center

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
Sat 22 Jan
Winter Lecture Series- Forest Ecology
Saturday, January 22, 2022 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth

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After taking a break from our Winter Lecture Series due to the pandemic we are excited to be bringing it back with a few enhancements! When we were unable to safely provide in-person programming, Humphrey Nature Center staff began recording our most popular field trip programs to share with teachers and the public. These recorded programs were so well received that they have helped to create a new YouTube channel for Letchworth State Park that is set to launch January 2022. Each Winter Lecture Series program in 2022 will feature one of the pre-recorded videos with added commentary and discussion from Humphrey Nature Center staff.  Each program day, the featured video will also be released publicly on the Letchworth YouTube channel so that those not comfortable or able to join us in person can still enjoy! 
Sat 22 Jan
Nature Snowshoe Walks
Saturday, January 22, 2022 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth

Slower paced journey in search of animal stories in the snow and the hidden life on tree bark. Each nature snowshoe walk meets at the Humphrey Nature Center and will consist of a review of snowshoe types before exploring a mile or so of winter wonderland. These snowshoe walks will be nature walks if the snow does not provide adequate snow depth. We also have some snowshoes that may be borrowed. If you have any questions or need other information, please call ahead.

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