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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)
Sept 23 (Center closed)
Oct 7 (Center closed)
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.


The Amoskeag Fishways teaches people of all ages to notice the world around them. This world includes nature-the birds, fish, trees and insects that live near or in our rivers as well as the people we live with in our neighborhoods, schools and workplaces. Daily, we teach about the conservation and preservation of natural resources (water, air, soils, forests) without which we could not live. Through this learning and caring rises up in each of us a sense of kindness and compassion towards life, all of life. This basic tenet of kindness is where we will begin a center focus we are calling "The Kindness Curriculum". Watch for programs offered with the bold letters KIND and join us in helping the world be a better place for everyone and all beings.

Special Events - Special events are open to the general public. No registration required.

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

Saturday Nature Seekers - Discover something new every month! No registration required.

February Vacation Programs - Recommended for ages 9 and up. Drop-ins welcome throughout the day.

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!


The 2017 Fish Season runs from May 1 - June 17. During this time, visitors may view migrating fish through our underwater windows. Our center will be open daily from 9 am - 5 pm. Walk-in visitors are always welcome and guided fish season tours are offered to groups of 10 - 30 participants. For more information about fish season or to schedule a tour, call 626-FISH.

January, February, March 2018


Fishways Open House
Thursday, 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 "Winter Raptors" presentations throughout the day. Create fun crafts, eat yummy treats, and win door prizes! Try not to miss this fun annual event!

FREE, for all ages
No registration necessary

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Pizza Party with the Painted Turtles
Saturday, January 13
11 am - 12:30 pm

Drive away the winter blues with a pizza party. Families will meet our friendly reptile ambassadors during an interactive presentation about the extraordinary turtles and snakes of NH. We will discuss how to treat our slithery, slimy friends with the respect and goodwill they deserve, make a peek-a-boo turtle craft to take home, and round out the day by watching the painted turtles enjoy their lunch while we eat pizza. KIND

Cost: $15 per family (includes pizza lunch).
Registration with payment required.

Eagles Along the Merrimack
Saturday, January 27
10 am - 12 pm

Join us as we search for bald eagles along the Merrimack River in Manchester. We will begin 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. KIND

Cost: $3 per person, $6 per family.
Registration with payment required.

Let's Go ICE Fishing!
Friday, February 16, 6 - 8 pm
Saturday, February 17, 9 am - 1 pm

Learn how to ice fish with staff and volunteers of New Hampshire Fish and Game during this two-part series. 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
Registration required

Backyard Birds
Saturday, March 3
11 am - 12:30 pm

From the cardinal to the chickadee, many species of birds stay in NH throughout our coldest months. Learn to identify some classic winter residents, and understand how they survive this challenging time of year. Encourage more birds to visit your own back yard by creating a beautiful bird feeder from recycled materials to bring home.

Cost: $8 per family.
Registration with payment required.

Predators of the Sky:
Live Birds of Prey

Saturday, March 10
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
Children under 2 FREE!
Registration with payment required
Space is limited

Vulture Culture
Saturday, March 24
11 am - 12:30 pm

Scan the skies on a sunny day, and you may see a large, dark bird circling high above. It could be a turkey vulture! Train your eyes to recognize these impressive birds, and participate in some fun activities to discover their unique adaptations and to appreciate their way of life. KIND

Cost: $8 per family.
Registration with payment required.

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Saturdays, 11 am - 12 pm

We have family nature programs for all ages! Stop by our center most Saturdays at 11 am for "short and sweet" mini-programs and fun nature-based activities. Discover something new every month!

Rascally Rabbits - January 6 KIND
Winter Wildlife Watching - February 3, 10, 24
Mud, Muck & Soil - March 17, 31

Donation of $5 per family encouraged

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February Vacation Programs

Makerspace Challenge Days
February 27, 28, March 1
10 am - 3 pm

Tap into your imagination and sense of fun during school vacation. Our classroom will become a "makerspace," filled with recycled materials ready to be transformed into amazing things by creative minds! Fishways Naturalists will guide children in different themes and challenges each day.

Games and Sleds - February 27
Fish ladders, hydropower & engineering - February 28
Cityscapes: 3-D model of Manchester - March 1

Cost: $5 per family each day
Recommended for ages 9 & up
Drop-ins welcome throughout the day

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

Winter 2018 Postcard


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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