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
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 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.
Chimney Swift Watch
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.
Peregrine Falcon Watch
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.
2016 Fish Festival
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!
World Fish Migration Day
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.
Sea Lamprey Appreciation Day
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.
Family Fish Tour Day
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!
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.
Family Fun Nights
Learn to Build a Bird House
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.
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.
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.
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.
Native Bees and Other Pollinators
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.
Fishways Fundays -- Thursdays and Saturdays, 12:30 - 2 pm
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.
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.
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!
Discover why fish are special and which ones make the long journey from the ocean to the Merrimack River each spring.
Get Ready, GROW!
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.
Please call 626-FISH for more information about any of our programs!
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