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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 1st - June 17th

The Fishways will be closed
the following dates:

Jan 1-2 (New Year's)
Jan 18 (Martin Luther King Day)
Feb 15 (President's Day)
May 31 (Memorial Day)
July 2-4 (Independence Day)
Sept 5 (Labor Day)
Oct 10 (Columbus Day)
Nov 11 (Veteran's Day)
Nov 24-26 (Thanksgiving)
Dec 24-26 (Winter Holiday)
Dec 30-Jan 2 (New Year's)

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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.


The Amoskeag Fishways teaches people of all ages to notice the world around them. This world includes nature-the birds, fish, trees and insects that live near or in our rivers as well as the people we live with in our neighborhoods, schools and workplaces. Daily, we teach about the conservation and preservation of natural resources (water, air, soils, forests) without which we could not live. Through this learning and caring rises up in each of us a sense of kindness and compassion towards life, all of life. This basic tenet of kindness is where we will begin a center focus we are calling "The Kindness Curriculum". Watch for programs offered with the bold letters KIND and join us in helping the world be a better place for everyone and all beings.

Special Events - Special events are open to the general public. No registration required.

Saturday Nature Seekers - Discover something new every month! No registration required.

Fishways Family Adventures - Put on your boots and explore with us! Advance registration with payment required.

Family Fun Nights - Family Fun Nights are for all ages. Advance registration with payment required.

Summer Programs - Family fun for all ages. Advance 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!


The 2017 Fish Season will run from May 1 - June 17. During this time, visitors may view migrating fish through our underwater windows. Our center will be open daily from 9 am - 5 pm. Walk-in visitors are always welcome and guided fish season tours are offered to groups of 10 - 30 participants. For more information about fish season or to schedule a tour, call 626-FISH.

July, August, Septmeber 2017


River Bug Festival
Saturday, September 16
11 am - 3 pm

Did you know the Merrimack River is home to many species of underwater insects? Observe these live bugs up close, and learn how to identify them using NH Audubon's Creek Critters app. The day will include aquatic insect crafts, games, exploration and identification. Vote for your favorite river bug to win in the "Most Loved Bug" category of 2017!
Cost: $3 per person, $6 per family
No registraion required

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Saturdays, 11 am - 12 pm

Do you and your kids wish for an opportunity to learn about nature but have trouble finding the time? Stop by our center most Saturdays at 11 am for "short and sweet" mini-programs and fun nature-based activities. Discover something new every month!

New Hampshire Turtles - July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Insect Investigation - August 5, 12, 19
Busy Bears - September 9

Donation of $5 per family encouraged
No registraion required

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Fishways Family Adventures

Thursdays in July
9:30 am - Noon

Looking for 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 of 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.

July 6   - Forest Explore
July 13 - Ponding
July 20 - Bog Adventure
July 27 - River Fun

Cost: $10 per family.
Advance registration with payment required.

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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 (unless otherwise noted).
Advance registration with payment required.

Campfire Tales
August 11

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: $8 per family.
Advance registration with payment required.

Beautiful Butterflies
September 8

We love to watch them, but what do we really know about NH butterflies? Take a closer look at these small creatures to discover some amazing adaptations beyond their colorful, fluttery charm and learn to identify a few you may have seen in your own backyard this summer.
Cost: $8 per family.
Advance registration with payment required.

Bird Migration
September 29

Why are we seeing fewer birds in our backyards? Where are they going? We'll become familiar with some species of birds that undergo an incredible annual migration and play games to help us understand how and why they do it. KIND
Cost: $8 per family.

Advance registration with payment required.

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"Booked for Summer"
Story Hour

Saturday, July 29
10 - 11 am

Story books can be a wonderful window into the natural world. In association with the Manchester School District's summer reading initiative, "Booked for Summer", the Amoskeag Fishways presents a fun, relaxed hour of river related stories. Stop by with your children and learn about the fish, wildlife and people that use our local waterways. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite fish toy or share some of ours for some interactive play.

Advance registraion required

All the Water in the World
Saturday, August 26
10 am - 12 pm

Water is essential for all life to exist! All of us use water and it touches every part of our lives, every day. On this water focused morning, we will play H2Olympics, learn the journey of a single drop of water and take home conservation tips that everyone can do, no matter where you live or what your age. We all can take thoughtful actions that will change the world.

Advance registraion required

Cardboard Challenge

Saturday, September 30
10 - 12 pm

The cardboard challenge is a global initiative organized by the Imagination Foundation to inspire creativity in children of all ages through free play. We'll provide cardboard for building, all you have to bring is your imagination. From model fish ladders to arcade games to works of art, it's up to you to show the world what you can make from recycled materials. Let's have some fun!

Advance registraion 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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