Please Note: The Amoskeag Hydro Station is under construction which will create some spontaneous closing days for visitors August 23 through September 30.
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.
Family Friday Nights - Programs are for all ages and focus on the Merrimack River watershed. Cost: $5 per family unless otherwise noted. Advance registration with payment required.
Fishways Fundays - Celebrate the wonders of nature! Fishways 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.
Saturday "Specials" - Open to all ages. Cost: $5 per family unless otherwise noted. Advance registration with payment required.
Special Events - Special Events only happen a few times a year. They are usually larger in scale and showcase live animals and guest speakers. You don't want to miss these events, they are lots of fun for all ages.
Family Friday Nights
Bring a Bug
Get ready for an evening of creepy-crawly fun! We'll search for bugs around the Fishways and discover some of their amazing adaptations. Kids are encouraged to bring a live insect to investigate.
Bye, Bye Birdie!
Why are we seeing fewer birds in our backyards? Where are the birds going? We'll play games, explore outdoors and go on a bird walk to discover what birds are doing this time of year.
Fall Forest Exploration
NH forests blaze with color during the fall season. Join us for a fun journey through our local forest to play and experience the wonder of the woods in autumn. We will meet at the Fishways, and then travel together to Hackett Hill natural area (5 min drive).
Why do leaves change color in the fall? How many different colors can we find? Discover these answers and more as we go on a leaf hunt around the Fishways, look at leaves up close, play leafy games and make a fun leafy craft.
It's turkey time! What do we really know about wild turkeys in NH? Learn all about this fine bird, play turkey games and make your very own turkey call to take home!
Woodchucks, Bats and Other Hibernators
Who is snoozing away in winter while you try to stay warm? Groundhogs aren't the only ones. Discover what it means to be a true hibernator and learn all about the animals who will be sleeping in your backyard this winter.
Family Fun Nights
Classic Outdoor Games and Parents' Movie Night
Remember playing Kick the Can, Flashlight Tag, or Mother May I? Kids will get a chance to play these favorites and more while parents view "Mother Nature's Child: Growing Outdoors in the Media Age." Parents will have time to discuss the film and the benefits of outside time for families while kids create a craft from natural materials.
Be a Tree
Put yourself in the place of a tree and learn about how they work and why they change color and lose their leaves in the fall. We will create colorful autumn artwork and crafts to help us appreciate this beautiful time of the year.
Native American Harvest
What kinds of foods 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. We will even get a chance to participate in some of these preparations ourselves!
Discover some of the amazing adaptations of our common floating friends, the ducks! How do they stay dry in the water? Which ducks are migrating upriver this time of year, and why do some stay here on the Merrimack River, even when lots of other birds are heading further south? We will take a close look at feathers, try out some duck sounds, and make a craft to take home.
Get in the spirit of the holiday season and create fun, natural adornments for your home or for a friend's home! We will use evergreen sprigs, pinecones, and other materials from nature to make beautiful, unique decorations.
Whoo's up for Dinner?
Did you know that owls cough up "pellets" after a meal? We can see amazing bones and sometimes even whole animal skeletons by carefully picking these pellets apart.
Join us to learn all about owl eating habits and pick apart a real pellet with your family!
Build an Urban Habitat
For wildlife, habitat is home. How can wild animals find their home in a city like Manchester, amidst all the people, cars, buildings and roads?
We will build a model together to learn about what makes a habitat and what urban river animals need to survive.
Make a beautiful seasonal wreath with your family. We'll use natural materials to make a fragrant, long-lasting and truly unique wreath.
Eyes on Owls
Live owls will be our guests along with owl expert and naturalist Marcia Wilson. Learn all about New Hampshire's owls, what they look like, and where they might be found.
Best of all, see these wonderful birds of the night up close, and learn some of their hooting calls!
Special Teacher Workshop
Teaching STEM, Literacy and History with the Merrimack River
Teach about your local river and meet multidisciplinary curriculum goals! The Merrimack River and its watershed have a rich cultural and natural history.
From the textile mills to geology to dams and fish ladders to natural history data, the Merrimack River Watershed offers many unique opportunities for student learning.
Join us for a fun day of science inquiry, problem solving, literacy and data analysis with a river theme. This watershed curriculum will act as a model for using local natural systems to achieve your science, literacy, math and STEM goals. CEUs available.
Please call 626-FISH for more information about any of our programs!
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