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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.

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.

Spring Programs - Family fun for all ages. Advance registration required.

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

Homeschool Discovery Programs - Merrimack River Life series for grades 1 & up meets 3rd Thursday of each month, October through December, 10 - 11:30 am. Cost: $10 per child per class. Project-based River Study for grades 4 and up meets 2nd Thursday of each month, October through June, 10 am - 12 pm. Cost: $10 per child per class

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.


2017 Fish Festival
Featuring Dash and Splash

Thursday, April 27
10 am - 3 pm

Line up and cheer on biologists when they deliver fish to stock our fish passage at 10 am. Our fish ladder is open but the wild anadromous species have yet to swim up the Merrimack River. While we wait, the stocked fish will be here for up close underwater viewing. Fish crafts, fish hats, fish games and fishy fun throughout the day!
Cost: $3 per person, $6 per family
(fee does not cover extended family)
No registraion required

International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD)
Saturday, May 13
11 am - 3 pm

This special day focuses attention on one of the most important and spectacular events in the life of a migratory bird -- its journey between its summer and winter homes. The tree swallow, yellow warbler, Baltimore oriole, and osprey all winter in Central and South America and return to NH each spring to nest and raise their young. And there are many others! We will play games, make music, create masks and teach kid centered conservation actions that everyone can do to make every day "Bird Day".
Cost: FREE
No registraion required

Sea Lamprey Appreciation Day
Saturday, May 27
11 am - 3 pm

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.
Cost: $3 per person, $6 per family
(fee does not cover extended family)
No registraion required

April, May, June 2017


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!
Falcon Focus - April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Fish Season Tours - May 6, 20
Fish Season Tours - June 3, 10, 17

Donation of $5 per family encouraged

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River Safari with Macroinvertebrates
April 7, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Macro-invertebrates, such as aquatic insects and crayfish, abound in healthy rivers. Become familiar with these wild-looking creepy crawlies, and discover some of their amazing adaptations by observing them up close!
Cost: $8 per family. Advance registration with payment required.

Critter Quest
April 21, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

As the snow melts away, pools of water that attract a variety of frogs and salamanders are left behind on the forest floor. Get ready to look and listen for amphibians as we venture into the woods in search of these important spring habitats. We will meet here at the Fishways, then caravan to a nearby vernal pool.
Cost: $8 per family. Advance registration with payment required.

Fabulous Fish
May 5, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Spotted, striped, fast or slow, fish are incredible creatures. Find out what makes a fish unique, and which ones live in our local river. We will make our own fishy artwork to understand how fish survive in the Merrimack River habitat.
Cost: $8 per family. Advance registration with payment required.

Family Fishtravaganza
May 19, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

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 fish games, and look for migrating fish in our ladder.
Cost: $8 per family. Advance registration with payment required.

Healthy Rivers Presentation
June 16, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

A group of young students have been conducting a local river study with the Fishways since January. Find out what they have discovered, and learn about our local Merrimack River. Please call 626-FISH for details.
Cost: This program is FREE of charge. Advance registration required.

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Merrimack River Life
Grades 1 and up

3rd Thursday of every month through June, 10 - 11:30 am

From algae to fish to river otters, discover how plants and animals eke out a living in and around the Merrimack River. Each month we will focus on a particular group of river organisms through hands-on exploration and outdoor discovery.

April 20 - Reptiles and Amphibians
May 18 - River Macroinvertebrates
June 15 - Migratory Fish

Cost: $10 per child per class
Grades 1 and up

Advance registration with payment required.

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Fridays in June
10 am - Noon

Search for urban wildlife and learn to identify some local trees and plants while enjoying a relaxing walk in the park. We will meet at the Fishways, then caravan as a group to the city park of the week. Bring your own binoculars, or borrow some of ours. All ages welcome.

June 16 - Livingston Park
June 23 - Piscataquag River Park
June 30 - Stark Park

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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