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.
Winter 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.
Homeschool Discovery Programs - This Series is for children ages 9 to 14. Group meets 2nd Thursday of each month, October through June, 10 am - 12 pm. We will explore the living and non-living components of the Merrimack River ecosystem through field trips, data collection and classroom instruction. Cost: $10 per child per class or $80 for all nine sessions.
Family Fun Nights Fridays, 6:30 - 8:00 pm - Family Fun Nights are for all ages and focus on the Merrimack River and its watershed. Engaging facts and stories are followed by group activities and open crafts. Cost: $8 per family. Advance registration with payment required.
Fishways Fundays Thursdays and Saturdays, 12:30 - 2 pm Fundays are for children ages 4 to 5 accompanied by an adult. Programs include outdoor exploration and indoor crafts. Cost: $8 per family. Advance registration with payment required.
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 Winter Programs and Events
Eagles along the Merrimack
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 and bring your binoculars if possible.
Let's go ICE Fishing!
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, and all angling gear will be provided.
Bring your own lunch and wear proper outdoor clothing for Saturday.
Backyard Winter Birds
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.
Learn to Fly Fish
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.
Predators of the Sky: Live Birds of Prey
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 Tomís organization, the Massachusetts Bird of Prey Rehabilitation Facility,
which cares for injured birds and operates a successful captive breeding program. For all ages.
Homeschool Discovery Programs
Exploring River Life
Rivers provide dynamic habitat for a diverse array of life. Through field trips, data collection and classroom instruction,
we will focus our studies on the living and non-living components of the Merrimack River ecosystem.
We will strive to understand how the conditions in distinct areas of the river support various forms of life.
Family Fun Nights
Manchester provides great winter habitat for large birds of prey. Through games and hands on activities,
we will explore the incredible adaptations of hawks and other local raptors.
Pizza Party with the Painted Turtle
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.
American Crows are smart and social. Find out why they form large flocks in winter and how they use teamwork and communication to soar above the challenges of the cold.
Raccoons, Opossums and Skunks, Oh My!
Even those of us who live in the city share our space with wild animals. Get to know some of NH's most opportunistic urban mammals and their special adaptations.
Despite their unique look, prickly porcupines are relatively common in NH forests. Fun activities and games will help us better understand these shy, gentle tree climbers.
Fishways Fundays -- Thursdays and Saturdays, 12:30 - 2 pm
Beaks, Feathers and Feet
Explore the world of birds by observing beaks, feet and feathers. Learn how these features can give us clues about where a bird lives, how it behaves, and what it likes to eat.
Animal Babies along the Merrimack
Some are fluffy, some are slimy, but all animal babies are adorable in their own way! Discover who raises young every spring along the banks of the Merrimack River.
Please call 626-FISH for more information about any of our programs!
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