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.
Summer Programs - Summer 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.
Family Fun Nights 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: $5 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 Summer Programs and Events
Fishways Family Adventures
Looking for some fun, 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 in 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. Please call 626-FISH for details.
Family Volunteer Day
Help us rebuild our Fishways wigwam! Spend the morning outdoors, bending saplings, lashing them together, and learning firsthand how these structures were traditionally made. We will do some "fall cleaning" and spruce-up our fire pit. All ages welcome, snacks and water provided.
15th Annual Bug Ball
Activities will include an insect petting zoo, buggy crafts, and special guest, Dr. Paul Johnson, UNH insect expert. Participants will enjoy special staff presentations, "Monarch Butterflies and Native Bees", featuring two very important and local insect pollinators. Help us give our six-legged friends the respect they deserve!
Family Fun Nights
A Plethora of Parasites: Lamprey, Ticks and More
Frightening as they may seem, parasites present us with an intriguing survival strategy and some very interesting behaviors.
Learn about their redeeming qualities and mix up some of our secret tick repellent for a worry-free summer.
Birds and Beasts
Delve into the natural history of birds and beasts by exploring skulls, pelts, feathers and more. What can we learn by observing nature closely and drawing what we see?
Gear up to join us for a fun Saturday morning visit to the Currier Art Museum to see how John James Audubon used his artistic eye and scientific mind to create beautiful paintings of wild
animals in their natural habitats. All ages welcome on Friday. Saturday museum visit recommended for ages 8+.
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.
Chimney Swift Watch
Did you know we have a recovering population of chimney swifts right in downtown Manchester? After living and nesting in chimneys during spring and summer,
these amazing birds migrate out of our city in September to spend the winter in South America. We will cover the natural history and unique story of this insectivore at the
center before we go out to explore a nearby roosting site. Binoculars encouraged.
The Bear Necessities
Black bear can be found all over the state of NH, though it is a special (and sometimes unwelcome!) treat to see one. Discover what these large mammals
need to survive, what makes them unique, and what they have in common with you. We will explore bear habits and learn how to encourage wild bear and humans to be "respectful neighbors".
Please call 626-FISH for more information about any of our programs!
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