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.
A NOTE ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS...
Special Events - Special events are open to the general public. No registration required.
Special Programs - Family fun for all ages. Advance registration required.
February Vacation Programs - Recommended for ages 9 and up. Drop-ins welcome throughout the day.
Homeschool Programs - 3 new programs for ages 6 and up.
Saturday Nature Seekers - Discover something new every month! No registration 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!
FISH SEASON 2018
"Fish Season" is the time of year when our fish ladder is operating. This occurs every Spring in preparation for migratory fish that will use the fish ladder to bypass the Amoskeag Dam as they swim upriver in May and June. This year, Fish Season will run from April 30 - June 16. During this time, visitors may view migrating fish through our underwater windows. Walk-in visitors are always welcome and guided tours are offered to groups of 10 - 30 participants. For more information about Fish Season or to schedule a tour, call 626-FISH.
Fish Season Tours
This interactive walking tour offers students a peek into the past as they learn about the history of the Merrimack River and Amoskeag Falls with a focus on migratory fish. Students will learn the basics of hydroelectric power generation, see the fish ladder in action, and become familiar with how the fish ladder works and which species use it. The tour ends with an underwater look into the ladder for a chance to glimpse the fish themselves! Fish Season Tours are available to groups of 10 - 30 participants, though groups larger than 30 can be accommodated by booking multiple tours. To book, call 626-FISH.
AMOSKEAG FISHWAYS WINTER PROGRAMS
There has been a fish ladder for migrating fish here at the Amoskeag Fishways since 1989. WOW,
30 years of interpreting and teaching our visitors about Merrimack River fish and wildlife. We open up the weir gates again this May...don't miss out!
Pizza Party with the Painted Turtles
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
Eagles along the Merrimack
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
Let's go ICE Fishing!
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.
February Vacation Programs
Critter Meet and Greet
Meet the Fishways' critters like never before! During vacation week we invite you and your children to visit at 11am or 2pm
for a special opportunity to meet our reptiles and amphibians face-to-face and learn a few fun facts from our staff. There will be crafts
all day during the week, and, on March 1 at 11am, a "Friday Feeding Frenzy" will give visitors the opportunity to watch our animals enjoy their favorite foods.
Mammals in your Neighborhood
What are warm-blooded, furry, and can be seen in your own backyard? Mammals, of course! Come to the Fishways to learn
all about our local mammals. The program includes hands-on activities.
Slithery, Slimy, and Scaly:
Learn the difference between these two fascinating groups of creatures. Hands-on activities and observation of
live animals help students explore the lifecycles, adaptations and fascinating behaviors of our local snakes, turtles, frogs and salamanders. *KIND
Follow the Water
Follow a raindrop through the water cycle to learn about rivers, watersheds and water conservation.
Students will build their own watersheds and participate in water cycle modeling.
SATURDAY NATURE SEEKERS
Saturdays in January and February
We have fun nature programs for all ages. Stop by with your family to learn something new about...
Please call 626-FISH for more information about any of our programs!
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