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(603) 626-FISH

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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
April 28th - June 14th

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:

Jan 1 (New Year's Day)
Jan 20 (Martin Luther King Day)
Feb 17 (President's Day)
May 26 (Memorial Day)
July 4 (Independence Day)
Sept 1 (Labor Day)
Oct 13 (Columbus Day)
Nov 11 (Veteran's Day)
Nov 27-28 (Thanksgiving)
Dec 25-26 (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.

Family Friday Nights - Programs are for all ages and focus on the Merrimack River watershed. Cost: $5 per family unless otherwise noted. Advance registration with payment is required.

Fishways Fundays - Fishways Fundays are for children ages 4 to 5 accompanied by an adult. Celebrate the wonders of nature! Programs include fun outdoor exploration and indoor craft making. Cost: $8 per family. Advance registration with payment is required.

Family Fun Nights - Cost: $5 per family. No registration necessary.

Fishways Family Adventures - Cost: $10 per family. Advance registration with payment required.

Special Events - Open to all ages. No registration required.

Family Friday Nights

Campfire Tales
August 15, 7- 8 pm

The Penacook told stories by campfire light, and so will we. Listen to traditional Native American tales and enjoy a campfire on the banks of the Merrimack River. Dress appropriately for weather and insects.

Night Hike
September 12, 7- 8 pm

Walk through the woods, play games, and use your night vision to see in the dark. Our hike will be filled with lots of fun facts about which animals come out at night and how they find their way around. Group will meet at the Fishways and proceed to Hackett Hill (5 min. drive from Fishways).

Bring a Bug
September 26, 7- 8 pm

Get ready for an evening of creepy-crawly fun! We'll search for bugs around the Fishways and discover some of their amazing adaptations. Kids are encouraged to bring a live insect to investigate.

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Fishways Fundays


Get Ready, GROW!
June 12, 9:30-11 am or 12:30-2 pm

What makes plants special? How do they get from seed to flower or fruit? What do they need to grow? We'll explore outdoors, play games and plant seeds to discover the magic of plant growth.

Beautiful Butterflies
September 11, 9:30 - 11 am or 12:30 - 2 pm

We love to watch them, but what do we really know about butterflies? Learn all about these beautiful creatures, play butterfly games, search for butterflies around the Fishways and make a butterfly craft to take home.

Bye, Bye Birdie!
September 25, 9:30 - 11 am or 12:30 - 2 pm

Why are we seeing fewer birds in our backyards? Where are the birds going? We'll play games, explore outdoors and go on a bird walk to discover what birds are doing this time of year.

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Family Fun Nights

Summer Solstice
June 20, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Join us for extended evening hours, and celebrate the longest and lightest day of the year. We'll offer en-lightening activities and make mini lanterns to take home. Families may drop in to enjoy our exhibits and animals, plus themed crafts and interactive activities. Cost: $5 per family, no registration necessary.

River Reptiles
July 18, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Join us for extended evening hours. Families may drop in to enjoy our exhibits and animals, plus themed crafts and interactive activities. Meet the turtles and touch a real snake skin. We'll explore the scaly world of reptiles with a touch table and a turtle craft.

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Fishways Family Adventures

July Family Adventures
Thursdays, July 10, 17, 24 & 31 9 am - Noon

Looking for some fun, summer outings to go on with your kids? Join Fishways staff on Thursdays in July for exciting family adventures. We'll hike, stomp, dig, climb, splash, search for critters and more as we discover some of the local natural gems in the Merrimack River Watershed. Put on your boots and explore with us! All Family Adventures will meet at the Fishways and carpool or caravan to the local destination of the week. Please call 626-FISH for details on the adventure of the week!

Cost: $10 per family. Advance registration with payment required.

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Special Events

Fish Season Finale
Saturday, June 14
11 am - 3 pm

Learn about each of our migrating fish species and participate in Q&A sessions with Fishways naturalists and biologists. We will have educational presentations throughout the day. Satisfy your curiosity about fish as we near the end of our 2014 fish migration season.

Cost: $3 per person or $6 per family.
(Fee does not cover extended family).
No registration necessary.

14th Annual Bug Ball!
Saturday, September 6
11 am - 3 pm

Activities will include an insect petting zoo, buggy crafts, and special guest, Dr. Paul Johnson, UNH insect expert. Participants will enjoy special staff presentations, "Dragonflies and Damselflies", featuring one of the most beautiful insect orders on the planet. Give our six-legged friends the respect they deserve!

Cost: $3 per person or $6 per family.
(Fee does not cover extended family).
No registration necessary.

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Call 626-FISH for more information!


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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