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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 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.

Field Trip & Scout Programs Brochure

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
Sun 21 Jul
Tour of Upper and Middle Falls
Sunday, July 21, 2024 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Meet at Upper Falls picnic area. Feel the rumble and spray of two powerful Genesee River waterfalls. See historic photos taken from these famous overlooks, showing landscapes and railroad bridges of the past.
Mon 22 Jul
Mr. Letchworth: Champion of the Less Fortunate
Monday, July 22, 2024 02:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Meet at William Pryor Letchworth Museum. Get the full scope of Mr. Letchworth's charity work of the 1800s, from becoming an epileptologist and funding Craig Colony for people with epilepsy to building orphanages and donating his land to create Letchworth State Park. Onsite.
Tue 23 Jul
Marvin the Mastodon
Tuesday, July 23, 2024 01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Meet at William Pryor Letchworth Museum. Experience the museum's most famous exhibit and hear its wild origin story. Onsite.
Wed 24 Jul
I BIRD NY Challenge
Wednesday, July 24, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Meet at Hogsback Overlook. Use your observation skills and join the I BIRD NY Challenge by identifying any 10 bird species of your choosing in New York State. All participants will be awarded a commemorative patch, given a completion certificate, and entered into a drawing for great birding prizes when challenge sheets are submitted to birdingchallenge@dec.ny.gov.
Wed 24 Jul
The Civilian Conservation Corps: The Boys Who Built the Park
Wednesday, July 24, 2024 02:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Humphrey Nature Center at Letchworth
Meet at William Pryor Letchworth Museum. A Great Depression era federal work program brought teenagers and twenty-somethings to build park roads, bridges, cabins, shelters, pavilions, and safety walls we use today. Hear their stories. Onsite.

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