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(603) 626-FISH

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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 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.


Winter 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 Winter Programs and Events
January, February, March 2016


Eagles along the Merrimack
Saturday, January 23
10 am - 12 pm

Join us as we search for bald eagles along the Merrimack River in Manchester. The program begins with an orientation at the center, followed by a quest to spot the first eagle of the day! Expect to carpool and bring your binoculars if possible.
Cost: $3 per person or $6 per family
Advanced registration with payment required.


Let's go ICE Fishing!
Friday, February 12, 6 - 8 pm
Saturday, February 13, 9 am - 12 pm

Learn how to ice fish with staff and volunteers of New Hampshire Fish and Game during this two-part program. 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, and all angling gear will be provided. Bring your own lunch and wear proper outdoor clothing for Saturday.
Cost: FREE. Ages 8 and up
Advanced registration required.


Backyard Winter Birds
Saturday, February 27
10 am - 12 pm

From the cardinal to the chickadee, many species of birds stay in NH during the cold winter. Discover who you might see in your backyard and make a bird feeder to take home.
Cost: $3 per person, $6 per family
Advanced registration with payment required.


Learn to Fly Fish
Four Consecutive Wednesday Sessions
March 23 & 30, April 6 & 13
6 - 8 pm

Discover this unique pastime! Members of Trout Unlimited will be our instructors, teaching about fly fishing equipment, fly-tying, sharing secret strategies and techniques, where fish live and how to read the water.
Cost: $5 per person. Ages 9 & up
Advanced registration with payment required.


Special Events

Predators of the Sky: Live Birds of Prey
Saturday, April 2
Two Presentations: 11 am - 12:30 pm or 1 - 2:30 pm

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 Tomís organization, the Massachusetts Bird of Prey Rehabilitation Facility, which cares for injured birds and operates a successful captive breeding program. For all ages.
Cost: $10 per person, $25 per family
(fee does not cover extended family)
Advance registration with payment required


Location:
Eversource Five Rivers Auditorium
Energy Park 780 Commercial St.
Manchester, NH 03101

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Homeschool Discovery Programs

Exploring River Life
2nd Thursday of every month
October to June
10 am - 12 pm

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.
Cost: $10 per child per class. Ages 9 - 14
Advance registration with payment required.


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Family Fun Nights

Winter Raptors
January 22, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Manchester provides great winter habitat for large birds of prey. Through games and hands on activities, we will explore the incredible adaptations of hawks and other local raptors.
Cost: $8 per family, advance registration with payment required.

Pizza Party with the Painted Turtle
February 5, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Take Friday night off and drive away the winter blues with a pizza party at the Fishways! After dinner and some turtle-y crafts, our very own painted turtles will make an appearance for a fun presentation.
Cost: $15 per family includes pizza. Advance registration with payment required.

Clever Crows
February 19, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

American Crows are smart and social. Find out why they form large flocks in winter and how they use teamwork and communication to soar above the challenges of the cold.
Cost: $8 per family, advance registration with payment required.

Raccoons, Opossums and Skunks, Oh My!
March 4, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Even those of us who live in the city share our space with wild animals. Get to know some of NH's most opportunistic urban mammals and their special adaptations.
Cost: $8 per family, advance registration with payment required.

Prickly Porcupines
March 18, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Despite their unique look, prickly porcupines are relatively common in NH forests. Fun activities and games will help us better understand these shy, gentle tree climbers.
Cost: $8 per family, advance registration with payment required.

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Fishways Fundays -- Thursdays and Saturdays, 12:30 - 2 pm

Beaks, Feathers and Feet
March 10 & 12

Explore the world of birds by observing beaks, feet and feathers. Learn how these features can give us clues about where a bird lives, how it behaves, and what it likes to eat.
Cost: $8 per family. Advance registration with payment required.

Animal Babies along the Merrimack
March 24 & 26

Some are fluffy, some are slimy, but all animal babies are adorable in their own way! Discover who raises young every spring along the banks of the Merrimack River.
Cost: $8 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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