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Amoskeag Fishways
PO Box 330
Manchester, NH 03105


The Center and
exhibit hall are
open year-round

Monday - Saturday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

with the following exceptions:


Fish Season Hours

The Center is open 7 days a week during fish season
May 4th - June 20th


Winter Hours

The Center is open
Monday - Saturday
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
December 1st - March 1st


The Fishways will be closed
the following dates:

Dec 25-26 (Christmas 2014)
Jan 1-2 (New Year's)
Jan 19 (Martin Luther King Day)
Feb 16 (President's Day)
May 25 (Memorial Day)
July 3-4 (Independence Day)
Sept 7 (Labor Day)
Oct 12 (Columbus Day)
Nov 11 (Veteran's Day)
Nov 26-27 (Thanksgiving)
Dec 24-25 (Christmas)

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Public Programs

Your entire family will enjoy these fun, interactive, and educational public programs offered year round at The Amoskeag Fishways. With some programs geared towards young children and others toward the young at heart, there is a program for everyone. Call and register for a public program today!

Registration is required for all programs, unless otherwise noted. If you are interested in signing up for a program, please check out our program registration policies. Program registrations are taken over the phone. Please call 626-3474 to register.


Annual Open House! - Spend a day of your school vacation enjoying a party at the Fishways! Our annual "thank you" Open House features two presentations: "Active Winter Birds" and "Bald Eagles and Peregrine Falcons". Create fun crafts, eat yummy treats, win door prizes and bring your binoculars for a bird walk around the Fishways!
FREE! For all ages! No registration necessary. Tuesday, December 30 11 am - 3 pm

Fishways Fundays - Fundays are for children ages 4 to 5 accompanied by an adult. Programs times are 9:30 - 11 am or 12:30 - 2 pm and include fun outdoor exploration and indoor craft making. Cost: $8 per family. Advance registration with payment required.

Family Fun Nights - Family Fun Nights are for all ages. Programs times are 6:30 - 8 pm and focus on the Merrimack River and its watershed. Engaging facts and stories are followed by group activities and open crafts. Cost: $5 per family. Advance registration with payment required.

Saturday "Specials" - Open to all ages. Cost: $5 per family unless otherwise noted. Advance registration with payment required.

February Vacation Programs - Vacation Programs are for all ages. Please come prepared for outdoor activities. Cost: $10 per family unless otherwise noted. Advance registration with payment is required.

Winter Fishing Programs - Special fishing workshops led by members and volunteers from NH Fish and Game and Trout Unlimited.

Fishways Fundays

Secrets of Snow
March 5, 9:30 - 11 am or 12:30 - 2 pm

What secrets does snow keep? We'll experiment with snow and play games to discover what makes snow special. We'll even learn which animals make their homes in the snow and why they are thankful for this wintery blanket.
Cost: $8 per family. Advance registration with payment required.

Winter Wildlife Detectives
March 19, 9:30 - 11 am or 12:30 - 2 pm

Who is out and about in the woods and along the river during winter in New Hampshire? We will learn how to use snow clues to track and identify what we find and who made the evidence!
Cost: $8 per family. Advance registration with payment required.

Family Fun Nights

NH Mustelids: Otters, Fishers and Mink!
January 16, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

What do otters, fishers and mink have in common? They all belong to the mustelid family! Learn about this special group of mammals with games, crafts and more!
Cost: $5 per family, advance registration with payment required.

NH Moose
January 30, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Moose are amazing creatures, but the warming climate is hurting our NH moose population! Through games and activities, learn all about moose, the current challenges they face, and how you can help them.
Cost: $5 per family, advance registration with payment required.

NH Wild Cats
February 27, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Find out which wild cats live in NH and learn how to tell the difference between them. We will explore some of their unique adaptations through pictures and activities.
Cost: $5 per family, advance registration with payment required.

NH Wild Dogs
March 13, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Discover some of the special behaviors and characteristics of foxes and coyotes through fun activities and games.
Cost: $5 per family, advance registration with payment required.

March Madness with Muskrats and Beavers
March 27, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Muskrats and beavers have many cool adaptations for life along the river. Play games, make crafts, and learn all about NH's water-loving rodents!
Cost: $5 per family, advance registration with payment required.


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Saturday "Specials"

Eagles Along the Merrimack
Saturday, January 17
10 am - 12 pm

Join us as we search for bald eagles in Manchester. The program begins with an orientation at the center, followed by a quest to spot the first eagle of the day! Expect to carpool and bring your binoculars if possible.
Cost: $3 per person, $6 per family. Advance registration with payment required.

Tracks and Traces
Saturday, January 24
11 am - 1 pm

Practice and hone your winter tracking skills. Brush up on interpreting animal signs and reading their story from clues left behind on the winter landscape. We will search for signs of wildlife around the Fishways, then carpool to nearby locations.
Cost: $5 per family. Advance registration with payment required.


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February Vacation Programs

Family Eagle Excursion and Program
Wednesday, February 25
Saturday, February 28
9 am - Noon

Did you know that Manchester is home to resident and wintering bald eagles? We will try to spot them from unique urban locations along the Merrimack River. Let's discover what makes an eagle special and explore how they fit into our river community through activities, games and crafts.
Cost: $10 per family
Advance registration with payment required.


Family Eagle Watching Days
February 23, 24, 26 and 27
10 am - Noon

Drop in to look for bald eagles (we have binoculars and a spotting scope) from our excellent vantage point along the river. Learn more about them through crafts and activities.
Walk-in Donations Accepted

Winter Fishing Programs

Let's Go ICE Fishing!
Friday, February 13, 6 - 8 pm
Saturday, February 14, 9 am - noon

Learn how to ice fish with staff and volunteers of New Hampshire Fish and Game during this two-part program. Friday evening will cover ice safety, fish ecology, equipment, and other important information. Parents and participants over 16 do not need a fishing license during the organized field trip on Saturday, and all angling gear will be provided. Bring your own lunch and wear proper outdoor clothing for the Saturday field trip.
Cost: FREE for ages 8 and up
Advance registration required


Learn to Fly Fish
For Beginner and Intermediate, four consecutive Wednesday sessions:

March 18, 25 and April 1, 8
6 - 8 pm

Discover this unique pastime! Members of Trout Unlimited will be our instructors, teaching us about fly fishing equipment, fly-tying, strategies and techniques, where fish live and how to read the water.
Cost: $5 per person. Ages 9 & up
Advance registration with payment required.

Special Events

Amoskeag Fishways
Annual Open House

Tuesday, December 30
11 am - 3 pm

Spend a day of your school vacation enjoying a party at the Fishways! Our annual "thank you" Open House features two presentations: "Active Winter Birds" and "Bald Eagles and Peregrine Falcons". Create fun crafts, eat yummy treats, win door prizes and bring your binoculars for a bird walk around the Fishways!
Cost: FREE!
For all ages!
No registration necessary.



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Please call 626-FISH for more information about any of our programs!

 

One of the Scigirls holds up a fish skeleton.

Kids have fun interacting with nature as they learn about their environment.

Visitors participate in welcoming back our finned friends at the Grand Opening of the Fish Ladder special event.




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