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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.

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

Special Programs - Ages specified in program description.

Family Friday Nights

Frog Songs
April 18, 7- 8 pm

The calls of frogs and toads are loud and clear this time of year. Observe real amphibians and explore the reasons they sing in the spring.

Fabulous Fish
May 2, 7-8 pm

What makes a fish a fish? Have you ever really looked at a fish up close? Give it a try as we learn about the amazing and special features of these underwater creatures.

Family Fishtravaganza
May 16, 7-8:30 pm

Some of our Merrimack River fish travel amazing distances. Find out which go the farthest as we go on a tour, play fish games, and look for migrating fish in our ladder.

Flower Power
May 30, 7-8 pm

Why are flowers so colorful and beautiful? How do they grow? Discover these answers and more as we search for sprouts, plants and flowers around the Fishways.

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Fishways Fundays

Signs of Spring
April 3, 9:30-11 am or 12:30-2 pm

Spring is in the air! As days get longer and the weather gets warmer, life along the river starts to wake up. Discover this for yourself as we explore the outdoors and search for the many signs of spring.

Spring Serenade
April 17, 9:30-11 am or 12:30-2 pm

Who is making all that noise in your backyard? And what is all that noise about anyway? Discover which animals are calling in spring and why. We’ll try our luck at mimicking some of their songs and make an animal call to take home!

Celebrate May Day!
May 1, 9:30-11 am or 12:30-2 pm

May is finally here, with longer days, sunlight, flowers and new life! Celebrate this wonderful season with us at the Fishways as we engage in traditional May Day festivities, games and crafts. We’ll even make a May basket to take home to surprise a friend.

Fin-Tastic Voyage
May 15, 9:30-11 am or 12:30-2 pm

Join us for a fun program to learn about some Merrimack River fish. We’ll discover what makes fish special and which fish make the long journey from the ocean to the Merrimack River each spring. We’ll even look for them underwater in our fish ladder.

Amphibians All Around
May 29, 9:30-11 am or 12:30-2 pm

What is an amphibian and which ones live nearby? What are they doing in spring? Amphibians abound this time of year. Meet some live frogs and salamanders, discover their special qualities and try your luck at mimicking frog calls.

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.


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Special Events

2014 Fish Festival Featuring Dash and Splash!
Tuesday, April 29
10 am - 2 pm

Line up at 10 am to cheer on US Fish and Wildlife biologists when they deliver adult broodstock salmon, or other trout species, to stock our fish ladder. The wild fish have yet to swim up the Merrimack River, but the ladder is running and there will be fish in our window for up-close and personal viewing. Fish stocking will be followed by fish crafts, fish hats, fish games, and lots of fishy fun!

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

All about River Raptors
Saturday, May 17, 11 am - 3 pm

Everyone is noticing all kinds of raptors flying over the Merrimack River, a common sight in the Manchester city landscape that we love so well. What are they doing in a city? Where are they nesting and raising their young? Do they ever interact with each other? We will work together to answer these questions and more by looking through telescopes, watching a slideshow, and even viewing live raptors up close! Let’s celebrate their recovery, the 100 years of NH Audubon working to protect our birds, and our own efforts to learn and conserve river raptors everywhere!

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

World Fish Migration Day
Saturday, May 24, 11 am - 3 pm

The Amoskeag Fishways and locations around the world celebrate the very first "World Fish Migration Day" calling attention to migratory fish and healthy oceans and rivers everywhere. We will have fish migration games, inquiry and art projects that will help to better understand migratory fish, here and abroad. Water connects us. Our goal is to educate the public and celebrate healthy fish and productive river ecosystems. Play and learn at this worldwide event along the Merrimack River, here at the FISHWAYS!

Cost: FREE! No registration necessary.

Sea Lamprey Appreciation Day
Saturday, June 7, 11 am - 3 pm

The fascinating sea lamprey return once again! Lamprey are the coolest and most ancient fish in the Merrimack River. They are fun to touch and carefully hold as they are three feet long, lively and slimy! Get sucked into the fun at this unique celebration.

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

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.

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Special Summer Family Program Preview

Family Fun Night: 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. Save the date for the next Family Fun Night: River Reptiles, July 18!

Fishways Family Adventures (Family Day Camp)
Thursdays in July, 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! Cost: $10 per family, advance registration with payment required. Save the dates! July 10, 17, 24 and 31

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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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