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(603) 626-FISH

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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


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:

Dec 25-26 (Christmas 2014)
Jan 1-2 (New Year's)
Jan 19 (Martin Luther King Day)
Feb 16 (President's Day)
May 25 (Memorial Day)
July 3-4 (Independence Day)
Sept 7 (Labor Day)
Oct 12 (Columbus Day)
Nov 11 (Veteran's Day)
Nov 26-27 (Thanksgiving)
Dec 24-25 (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.


Spring 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

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. 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 fun outdoor exploration and indoor craft making. 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 Spring Programs and Events
April, May, June 2016


Predators of the Sky: Live Birds of Prey
Saturday, April 2
11 am - 12:30 pm or 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, $25 per family
(fee does not cover extended family)
Advance registration with payment required


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


Chimney Swift Watch
Thursday, May 12, 6 - 8 pm

Did you know that we have recovering populations of chimney swifts in downtown Manchester? Meet at the Fishways before we go out together to explore a confirmed roost site. Binoculars encouraged.
Cost: $10 per person, $25 per family
(fee does not cover extended family)
Advance registration with payment required


Peregrine Falcon Watch
Saturday, May 14
10 am - 12 pm

Celebrate the success of our local peregrine falcon family. Meet at the Fishways for an introductory presentation, then walk to the Brady Sullivan building to view these urban raptors.
Cost: $3 per person, $6 per family
(fee does not cover extended family)
Advanced registration with payment required.



Special Events

2016 Fish Festival
Featuring Dash and Splash

Thursday, April 28
10 am - 2 pm

We will meet in the upper parking lot at 10 am to create fish hats, noise makers and banners. Thus bedecked, we will parade down to the center accompanied by live music, local dignitaries, and Fishways partners. Fish enthusiast and retiring President of NH Audubon, Mike Bartlett, will be our grand marshal and deliver the first fish to stock our ladder. Fish games, surprises and activities will continue throughout the day. Don't miss this classic Fishways event!
Cost: $3 per person, $6 per family
(fee does not cover extended family)


World Fish Migration Day
Saturday, May 21
11 am - 3 pm

World Fish Migration Day is a one day global-local event to create awareness of the importance of open rivers and migratory fish. We will join our voices with over 1,000 organizations connecting fish, rivers and people everywhere. Learn about sturgeon and other migrating fish in the Merrimack River and view fish in our underwater windows.
Cost: FREE

Sea Lamprey Appreciation Day
Saturday, May 28
11 am - 3 pm

The slimy and fascinating sea lamprey returns! Hold a live three foot long fish and get sucked into the fun of celebrating a much underappreciated animal as we learn all about the unique physical nature and lifecycle of the incredible sea lamprey.
Cost: $3 per person, $6 per family
(fee does not cover extended family)


Family Fish Tour Day
Saturday, June 4
10 am - 3 pm

Learn all about our fish ladder, the Amoskeag Hydro station, the history of the Amoskeag area, and the unique fish restoration projects in our region. Guided Fish Season Tours will be offered throughout the day. Fun for all ages!
Cost: FREE

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Homeschool Discovery Programs

Exploring River Life
2nd Thursday of every month
October to June
10 am - 12 pm

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.

April 14 - River Life and Habitat
May 12 - Field-based Exploration and Data Collection
June 9 - Human Impact: Our Place in the River Ecosystem

Cost: $10 per child per class. Ages 9 - 14
Advance registration with payment required.


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Family Fun Nights

Learn to Build a Bird House
April 1, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

What a treat to watch returning tree swallows and other songbirds settle into nest boxes along the river each spring! Learn about some of the wonderful birds we see at the Fishways and help us build them a new home.
Cost: $8 per family, advance registration with payment required.

Herp Hunt
April 15, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

As the snow melts away, pools of water that attract a variety of frogs and salamanders are left behind on the forest floor. Listen for amphibians as we venture into the woods in search of these important spring habitats.
Cost: $8 per family, advance registration with payment required.

Fabulous Fish
May 6, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Spotted, striped, fast or slow, fish are incredible creatures. Find out what makes them unique, and which ones live in our local river. We will make our own fishy artwork to understand how they survive.
Cost: $8 per family, advance registration with payment required.

Family Fishtravaganza
May 20, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Some of our Merrimack River fish travel remarkable distances. Find out who goes the farthest and more as we lead you on a tour, play games, and look for migrating fish in our ladder.
Cost: $8 per family, advance registration with payment required.

Native Bees and Other Pollinators
June 3, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Why are bees important? Many plants rely on their busy work in order to reproduce. Become acquainted with various local pollinators and discover their incredible relationship to flowering plants.
Cost: $8 per family, advance registration with payment required.

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Fishways Fundays -- Thursdays and Saturdays, 12:30 - 2 pm

Incredible Eggs
April 7 & 9

From birds and fish to frogs and insects, so many different creatures hatch from eggs. Find out what goes on inside an egg and learn about some of the amazing critters that lay them.
Cost: $8 per family. Advance registration with payment required.

Earth Days!
April 21 & 23

Spring is here, and the earth is celebrating with chirping birds and flowering plants! Join the fun and help us honor this special time of year by planting seeds, making eco-artwork, and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.
Cost: $8 per family. Advance registration with payment required.

Spring Serenade
May 5 & 7

Who is making all that noise? Discover which animals are calling in spring and why. We'll try our luck at mimicking their songs and make an animal call to take home!
Cost: $8 per family. Advance registration with payment required.

Fin-Tastic Voyage
May 19

Discover why fish are special and which ones make the long journey from the ocean to the Merrimack River each spring.
Cost: $8 per family. Advance registration with payment required.

Get Ready, GROW!
June 9 & 11

What makes plants so special? How do they get from seed to flower to fruit? We will explore outdoors, play games and plant seeds to discover the magic of plant growth.
Cost: $8 per family. 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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