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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 2nd - June 18th

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 26 (Winter Holiday)
Dec 31 (New Year's Eve)

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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.

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

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.

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 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!

Amoskeag Fishways Fall Programs
October, November, December 2016

Marcia with owl

Eyes on Owls
Saturday, November 5
Two Presentations:
11 am - 12:15 pm or 1 pm - 2:15 pm

Whooo knows these fun facts? Owls have large eyes, a flat face and can turn their heads as much as 270 degrees. They are nocturnal, very quiet in flight and when seen together, a group of owls is called a parliament! Learn all about New Hampshire's owls, what they look like, where they might be found and best of all, see these wonderful birds of the night up close. Hooting lessons included! Marcia and Mark Wilson will be our expert presenters.
Cost: $10 per person or $25 per family
(fee does not cover extended family)
Advance registration with payment required

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

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!

October - Leaves of Change
November - Terrific Turkeys
December - Natural Creations

Cost: Donation of $5 per family encouraged

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

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Family Fun Nights

Who's Hooved in New Hampshire?
October 14, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Deer and moose are two of New Hampshire's largest and most amazing mammals. Using skulls, pelts, and more, we'll explore some of their unique adaptations. It would "be-hoove" you to come and learn about them!
Cost: $8 per family. Advance registration with payment required.

Going Batty
October 28, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

What is small, furry and flies around eating bugs at night? A bat of course! Become familiar with these charismatic critters as we play games and discuss bat habits, habitat and the challenges they face today in New Hampshire.
Cost: $8 per family. Advance registration with payment required.

What's up for Dinner?
November 4, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Did you know that owls cough up "pellets" after a meal? We can find bones and sometimes even whole animal skeletons by carefully picking these pellets apart. Learn all about owl eating habits and dissect a real pellet!
Cost: $8 per family. Advance registration with payment required.

Native American Harvest
November 18, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

What kinds of food did the Abenaki people of this area grow and gather long ago? We will learn which native fruits, grains, nuts, seeds and vegetables were available for harvest, and how they were prepared. Participate in some of these preparations yourself and make a cornhusk doll to take home!
Cost: $8 per family. Advance registration with payment required.

Family Wreathmaking and Natural Creations
December 2, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Make a beautiful seasonal wreath with your family. We'll use natural materials to create a fragrant, long-lasting and truly unique wreath.
Cost: $15 per family (limit 1 wreath 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.

October 20 - Intro to Merrimack River Wildlife
November 17 - River Fish
December 15 - Reptiles and Amphibians

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, 10 am - 12 pm

We will start by learning about the cultural history, ecology and current status of the Merrimack River and its watershed. We will then work with students to develop and facilitate hands-on river-based inquiry projects guided by the group's knowledge and specific interests.

October 13 - The Merrimack River Watershed
November 10 - Cultural History and River Use
December 8 - River Life and Ecology

January through June - Project-Based Study

Cost: $10 per child per class(October-December) - $60 for the spring semester (January-June)

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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