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.
Fall 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 Fall Programs and Events
Eyes on Owls
Live owls will be our guests along with owl experts Marcia and Mark Wilson. Learn all about New Hampshire's owls, what they look like, and where they might be found.
Best of all, see these wonderful birds of the night up close, and learn some of their hooting calls!
Make a beautiful seasonal wreath with your family. We'll use natural materials to create a fragrant, long-lasting and truly unique wreath.
Fishways Open House
Spend a day of your school vacation enjoying a party at the Fishways! Our annual "thank you" Open House features two presentations:
"Active Winter Animals" and "Bald Eagles and Peregrine Falcons". Create fun crafts, eat yummy treats, and win door prizes! Try not to miss this fun annual event!
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
Native Bees and Other Pollinators
What are pollinators and why are they important? Many plants (including those we eat) rely on the busy work of animals, such as bees, in order to reproduce.
Become acquainted with local pollinators and deepen your understanding of their incredible relationship to flowering plants.
Seeds have unique methods of travel: helicopters, parachutes, and more! We'll explore the nature of nuts, cones and seeds,
and learn how to identify the trees and plants that produce them.
Whoo's Up for Dinner?
Did you know that owls cough up "pellets" after a meal? We can find bones and sometimes even whole animal skeletons by carefully picking these pellets apart.
Learn all about owl eating habits and dissect a real pellet!
What is small, furry and flies around eating bugs at night? A bat of course! Become familiar with these charismatic critters as we play games and discuss bat habits,
habitat and the challenges they face today in New Hampshire.
Drive the dark away by creating fun, natural adornments for your home or a friend's home! We will use evergreen boughs, pinecones,
and other materials from nature to make beautiful, unique decorations.
Fishways Fundays -- Thursdays and Saturdays, 12:30 - 2 pm
Colors of Autumn
We all notice when the leaves change color during this magical time of year, but have you ever thought about why?
Discover where the colors come from and how trees and animals prepare for winter.
Scratch, Bite or Run
Surviving in the wild can be difficult for an animal, especially when there are hungry predators or vicious competitors around!
Play games to understand what special features and behaviors animals use to defend themselves.
Let's Talk Turkey!
It's turkey time! What do we really know about NH's wild turkeys? Learn about this fine bird, and make your very own turkey call to take home.
Life along the River
If you live along a river, where would you make a home and how would you survive? The Penacook people knew what to do!
Make a pinch pot, listen to stories and explore the lives of New Hampshire's native people.
Get in the spirit of the holiday season and create fun, natural adornments for your home or a friend's home!
We will use evergreen boughs, pinecones, and other materials from nature to make beautiful, unique decorations.
Please call 626-FISH for more information about any of our programs!
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