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.
Fishways Fundays - Fundays are for children ages 4 to 5 accompanied by an adult. Programs times are 9:30 - 11 am or 12:30 - 2 pm and include fun outdoor exploration and indoor craft making. Cost: $8 per family. Advance registration with payment required.
Family Fun Nights - Family Fun Nights are for all ages. Programs times are 6:30 - 8 pm 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.
Amoskeag Fishways Spring Programs
Celebrate the 2015 Fish Season!
The Amoskeag Fishways celebrates the 2015 fish migration season May 4th through June 20th. This season is especially meaningful as it is our 20th year of the Amoskeag Fishways Partnership.
We honor and appreciate our successful and diverse partnership with Eversource, New Hampshire Audubon, New Hampshire Fish and Game and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
2015 Fish Festival
Line up and cheer on biologists when they deliver fish to stock our fish ladder at 10am. Our fish passage is open but the wild anadromous species have yet to swim up the Merrimack River.
While we wait, the stocked fish will be in the ladder for up close and personal underwater viewing. Fish crafts, fish hats, fish games and fish fun will follow fish stocking!
At 1pm, NH Fish and Game biologist, Matt Carpenter, will give a special River Herring Restoration talk in celebration of our 20 year partnership with Fish and Game.
All about River Raptors
Everyone is noticing all kinds of raptors flying over the Merrimack River. Falcons, eagles and hawks have become a common sight in the Manchester city landscape that we love.
What are they doing in the city? Where are they nesting and raising young? We will answer these questions and more by bird watching, viewing a slide show, participating in fun bird activities
and viewing a raptor up close. One of NH Audubon's educators will be on hand with a live bird to answer your raptor questions. Let's celebrate the recovery of raptors in NH and our 20 years of
partnership with NH Audubon. NHA staff and members work tirelessly to protect and conserve river raptors everywhere!
Family Fish Celebration and Tour Day
This year is the 20th anniversary of our fabulous Amoskeag Fishways partnership with Eversource, NH Audubon, NH Fish and Game and the US Fish and Wildlife Service!
Celebrate with us by going on a tour with your family to learn all about our fish ladder, the history of the Amoskeag area, and the unique fish restoration in the Merrimack River.
It will be a day filled with NH fish facts, fish lore, fishy games and activities.
Sea Lamprey Appreciation Day
The slimy and incredible sea lamprey returns! Hold a live three foot long sea lamprey! Lamprey are the coolest and most ancient fish in the Merrimack River.
What is so special about them? How are they different from American eels, for which they are often mistaken? Get sucked into the fun at this unique event as we discover and
compare the fascinating life cycles of these two amazing fish. A big thank you goes out to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, for assisting with this program. Let's honor 20
years of partnership with our friends at the FWS by celebrating these under-appreciated animals!
Predators of the Sky: Live Birds of Prey
Tom Ricardi and his spectacular birds of prey will be our guests. A diverse group of raptors which includes a very playful turkey vulture and a beautiful
golden eagle will be some of the birds on hand for close-up viewing! Learn about the great work done by Tom's organization, the Massachusetts Bird of Prey Rehabilitation Facility,
which cares for injured birds and operates a successful captive breeding program. For all ages!
Chimney Swift Watches
Did you know that we have a recovering population of chimney swifts right in downtown Manchester? These amazing birds migrate to our city from South America
each spring to build nests and raise young in, you guessed it... chimneys! We will cover the natural history and unique story of this insectivore at the center before we go out
to explore a confirmed nest site. Binoculars encouraged.
Winter Wildlife Detectives
Who is out and about in the woods and along the river during winter in New Hampshire? We will learn how
to use snow clues to track and identify what we find and who made the evidence!
Wake Up To Spring!
Spring renews wildlife activity after a long, quiet winter! Celebrate the return of the season by creating a group mural.
Stories and a puppet show will lead us to discover which animals are emerging and what is keeping them busy this time of year.
A river has a life of its own. Together we will explore what goes on above and below its surface and learn about the
animals and plants that make up our rich Merrimack River community.
Fish are fascinating, especially the ones that live right here in our own Merrimack River! We will learn fun facts
about our scaly friends, play a fish migration game, and make our very own river creatures!
River Critter Babies
Which animals grow up in and around the river? What do they eat? Where do they sleep? Discover who raises young
on the banks of the Merrimack and search for their signs around the Fishways.
Get Ready, GROW!
What makes a plant so special? How do they get from seed to flower or fruit? What do they need to grow?
We will explore outdoors, play games and plant seeds to discover the magic of plant growth.
Family Fun Nights
NH Wild Dogs
Discover some of the special behaviors and characteristics of foxes and coyotes through fun activities and games.
March Madness with Muskrats and Beavers
Muskrats and beavers have many cool adaptations for life along the river. Play games, make crafts, and learn all about NH's water-loving rodents!
The Mighty Merrimack
How does water collect to make a mighty river like the Merrimack? Where does that water go once it is part of the river?
Experience the journey of a droplet of water as we explore water cycles, watersheds and waterways.
Swift-flowing water has a lot of power! From mills to hydropower, discover how people of the past and present harness the strength of the Merrimack River.
We will consider our relationship to the river and how it has changed over time.
Spotted, striped, fast or slow, fish are unique creatures. Find out what makes a fish a fish, and which ones live in our local river.
We will make our own fishy artwork to understand how fish survive in a river habitat.
Leap, Slither and Slide
What do a frog, snake and turtle have in common? They are all herps! Meet a few live animals and explore the slithery,
slimy world of reptiles and amphibians through games and crafts.
River Safari with Macro-invertebrates
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!
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.
Please call 626-FISH for more information about any of our programs!
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