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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:

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 1-2 (New Year's)
Jan 18 (Martin Luther King Day)
Feb 15 (President's Day)
May 31 (Memorial Day)
July 2-4 (Independence Day)
Sept 5 (Labor Day)
Oct 10 (Columbus Day)
Nov 11 (Veteran's Day)
Nov 24-26 (Thanksgiving)
Dec 24-26 (Winter Holiday)
Dec 30-Jan 2 (New Year's)

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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.

Special Events - Special events are open to the general public and are listed as free or having a specific entrance fee for individuals or families. No advance registration is required.

Winter Programs - Family fun for all ages. Advance registration required.

Family Fun Nights Fridays, 6:30 - 8:00 pm - Family Fun Nights are for all ages and focus on Merrimack River ecology. Engaging facts and stories are followed by group activities and open crafts. Cost: $8 per family (unless otherwise noted). Advance registration with payment required.

Homeschool Discovery Programs - Merrimack River Life series for grades 1 & up meets 3rd Thursday of each month, October through December, 10 - 11:30 am. Cost: $10 per child per class. Project-based River Study for grades 4 and up meets 2nd Thursday of each month, October through June, 10 am - 12 pm. Cost: $10 per child per class

NEW at the Fishways!

Interactive Watershed Exhibit

The Amoskeag Fishways is thrilled to be the first science education center in New Hampshire to have an augmented reality watershed exhibit! Visitors play in the sand to create unique landscapes and observe how the projected contour lines and colors change as the terrain is altered. It is really fun to build mountains, valleys, lakes and rivers... essentially creating your very own watershed. Make it RAIN when a 3-D camera responds to your hand movements, showing in real time how water moves over a landscape!

Special Events

Fishways Open House
Wednesday, December 28
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 Mammals" and "Winter Backyard Birds". Create fun crafts, eat yummy treats, and win door prizes! Try not to miss this fun annual event!

FREE, for all ages
No pre-registration required

Amoskeag Fishways Winter Programs
January, February, March 2017

Predators of the Sky:
Live Birds of Prey

Saturday, March 11
Two Shows: 11 am - 12:30 pm & 1 - 2:30 pm

Tom Ricardi teaches with a diverse group of raptors which often include a very playful turkey vulture and a beautiful golden eagle! Learn about the great work done by Tom's organization, the Massachusetts Bird of Prey Rehabilitation Facility, which cares for injured birds and operates a successful captive breeding program. For all ages
Cost: $10 per person or $25 per family
(fee does not cover extended family)
Advance registration with payment required

Space is limited

Eversource Five Rivers Auditorium
Energy Park 780 Commercial St.
Manchester, NH 03101

Let's go ICE Fishing!
Friday, February 17, 6 - 8 pm
Saturday, February 18, 9 am - 1 pm

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

Learn to Fly Fish
Four Consecutive Wednesday Sessions
March 22 & 29, April 5 & 12
6 - 8 pm

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

Saturday "Specials"

Eagles along the Merrimack
Saturday, January 28
10 am - 12 pm

Join us as we search for bald eagles along the Merrimack River 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, dress warmly, and bring your binoculars if possible.
Cost: $3 per oerson, $6 per family.
Advance registration with payment required

Backyard Winter Birds
Saturday, March 4
10 am - 12 pm

From the cardinal to the chickadee, many species of birds stay in NH during the cold winter. Discover who you might see in your backyard and make a bird feeder to take home.
Cost: $3 per person, $6 per family.
Advance registration with payment required

Saturday Nature Seekers

Saturdays, 11 am - 12 pm

Do you and your kids wish for opportunities to learn about nature but have trouble finding the time? Stop by our center any Saturday at 11 am for "short and sweet" mini-programs and fun nature-based activities. Discover something new every month!

NH's Bald Eagles - January 7, 14, 21
Backyard Birds - February 4, 11, 18, 25
Aerial Predators - March 18, 25

Cost: Donation of $5 per family encouraged

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Family Fun Nights

Rascally Rabbits
January 20, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

What do New Hampshire rabbits do all winter long, and where can they be found? Hop on over to explore the lives of our long-eared, big-footed friends.
Cost: $8 per family. Advance registration with payment required.

Winter Wildlife Detectives
February 10, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Even wild animals that we rarely see leave behind some kind of clue if they are close by. Learn to interpret animal tracks and signs, and put on your detective hat to help solve a wildlife puzzler mystery.
Cost: $8 per family. Advance registration with payment required.

Pizza Party with the Painted Turtle
February 24, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Take Friday night off and drive away the winter blues with a pizza party at the Fishways! After dinner and some turtle-y crafts, our very own painted turtles will make an appearance for a fun presentation
Cost: $15 per family includes pizza Advance registration with payment required.

Squirrels and Chipmunks Abound
March 10, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Squirrels and chipmunks are regulars in our yards and neighborhoods, but how much do you really know about these common critters? Discover their unique characteristics through fun activities and games.
Cost: $8 per family. Advance registration with payment required.

Wily Weasels
March 24, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

What do otters, mink, and fishers have in common? They are all part of the weasel family. Learn more about these clever animals as we play games to understand why they are so "tricky". Don't weasel out of this program.
Cost: $8 per family. Advance registration with payment required.

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Homeschool Discovery Programs

Merrimack River Life
Grades 1 and up

3rd Thursday of every month, 10 - 11:30 am

From algae to fish to river otters, discover how plants and animals eke out a living in and around the Merrimack River. Each month we will focus on a particular group of river organisms through hands-on exploration and outdoor discovery.

January 19 - Mammals of the Merrimack
February 16 - River Raptors
March 16 - River Fish

Cost: $10 per child per class
Grades 1 and up

Advance registration with payment required.

Project-Based River Study
Grades 4 and up

2nd Thursday of every month
January - June
10 am - 12 pm

Fishways staff will work with students to develop and implement a river-based study and project guided by the group's knowledge and specific interests. Additional class time may be required.

Cost: $60 per child (6 sessions)
Grades 4 and up

Advance registration with payment required.

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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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