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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:

Temporarily Closed on Saturdays

The Center will be closed on Saturdays until September 19th.

But we will be open on Saturday, August 8th for Family Volunteer Day.

Normal Saturday hours return on September 19th, our annual Bug Ball!

Fish Season Hours

The Center is open 7 days a week during fish season
May 4th - June 20th

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.

Summer Programs - Summer 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 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: $5 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 Summer Programs and Events
July, August, September 2015

Fishways Family Adventures
Thursdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30
9 am - Noon

Looking for some fun, summer outings for your family? Join Fishways staff to 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! All Family Adventures will meet at the Fishways and caravan to the local destination of the week. Please call 626-FISH for details.
Cost: $10 per family
Advanced registration with payment required.

Family Volunteer Day
Saturday, August 8
10 am - Noon

Help us rebuild our Fishways wigwam! Spend the morning outdoors, bending saplings, lashing them together, and learning firsthand how these structures were traditionally made. We will do some "fall cleaning" and spruce-up our fire pit. All ages welcome, snacks and water provided.
Cost: FREE
Advanced registration required.

Special Events

15th Annual Bug Ball
Saturday, September 19
11 am - 3 pm

Activities will include an insect petting zoo, buggy crafts, and special guest, Dr. Paul Johnson, UNH insect expert. Participants will enjoy special staff presentations, "Monarch Butterflies and Native Bees", featuring two very important and local insect pollinators. Help us give our six-legged friends the respect they deserve!
Cost: $3 per person or $6 per family (fee does not cover extended family)
No registration required.

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Family Fun Nights

A Plethora of Parasites: Lamprey, Ticks and More
June 26, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Frightening as they may seem, parasites present us with an intriguing survival strategy and some very interesting behaviors. Learn about their redeeming qualities and mix up some of our secret tick repellent for a worry-free summer.
Cost: $5 per family, advance registration with payment required.

Birds and Beasts
July 31, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Delve into the natural history of birds and beasts by exploring skulls, pelts, feathers and more. What can we learn by observing nature closely and drawing what we see? Gear up to join us for a fun Saturday morning visit to the Currier Art Museum to see how John James Audubon used his artistic eye and scientific mind to create beautiful paintings of wild animals in their natural habitats. All ages welcome on Friday. Saturday museum visit recommended for ages 8+.
Cost: $5 per family, advance registration with payment required.

Campfire Tales
August 14, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

The Penacook told stories by fire light and so will we. Participate in traditional Native American tales, play games and enjoy a campfire on the banks of the Merrimack River. Dress appropriately for weather and insects.
Cost: $5 per family, advance registration with payment required.

Chimney Swift Watch
September 11, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Did you know we have a recovering population of chimney swifts right in downtown Manchester? After living and nesting in chimneys during spring and summer, these amazing birds migrate out of our city in September to spend the winter in South America. We will cover the natural history and unique story of this insectivore at the center before we go out to explore a nearby roosting site. Binoculars encouraged.
Cost: $5 per family, advance registration with payment required.

The Bear Necessities
September 25, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Black bear can be found all over the state of NH, though it is a special (and sometimes unwelcome!) treat to see one. Discover what these large mammals need to survive, what makes them unique, and what they have in common with you. We will explore bear habits and learn how to encourage wild bear and humans to be "respectful neighbors".
Cost: $5 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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