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.
Fall 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.
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 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!
Amoskeag Fishways Fall Programs
Eyes on Owls
Whooo knows these fun facts? Owls have large eyes, a flat face and can turn their heads as much as 270 degrees.
They are nocturnal, very quiet in flight and when seen together, a group of owls is called a parliament! Learn all about New Hampshire's owls,
what they look like, where they might be found and best of all, see these wonderful birds of the night up close. Hooting lessons included!
Marcia and Mark Wilson will be our expert presenters.
Saturday Nature Seekers
Do you and your kids wish for opportunities to learn about nature but have trouble finding the time?
Stop by our center any Saturday at 11 am for "short and sweet" mini-programs and fun nature-based activities. Discover something new every month!
Fishways Open House
Spend a day of your school vacation enjoying a party at the Fishways!
Our annual "thank you" Open House features two presentations: "Active Winter Mammals" and "Winter Backyard Birds".
Create fun crafts, eat yummy treats, and win door prizes! Try not to miss this fun annual event!
Family Fun Nights
Who's Hooved in New Hampshire?
Deer and moose are two of New Hampshire's largest and most amazing mammals. Using skulls, pelts, and more,
we'll explore some of their unique adaptations. It would "be-hoove" you to come and learn about them!
What is small, furry and flies around eating bugs at night? A bat of course! Become familiar with these
charismatic critters as we play games and discuss bat habits, habitat and the challenges they face today in New Hampshire.
What's up for Dinner?
Did you know that owls cough up "pellets" after a meal? We can find bones and sometimes even whole animal
skeletons by carefully picking these pellets apart. Learn all about owl eating habits and dissect a real pellet!
Native American Harvest
What kinds of food did the Abenaki people of this area grow and gather long ago? We will learn which
native fruits, grains, nuts, seeds and vegetables were available for harvest, and how they were prepared.
Participate in some of these preparations yourself and make a cornhusk doll to take home!
Family Wreathmaking and Natural Creations
Make a beautiful seasonal wreath with your family. We'll use natural materials to create a fragrant, long-lasting and truly unique wreath.
Homeschool Discovery Programs
Merrimack River Life
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.
Project-Based River Study
We will start by learning about the cultural history, ecology and current status of the Merrimack River and its watershed.
We will then work with students to develop and facilitate hands-on river-based inquiry projects guided by the group's knowledge and specific interests.
Please call 626-FISH for more information about any of our programs!
© 2016 The Amoskeag Fishways Learning and Visitors Center