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 is required.
Fishways Fundays - Fishways Fundays are for children ages 4 to 5 accompanied by an adult. Celebrate the wonders of nature! Programs include fun outdoor exploration and indoor craft making. Cost: $8 per family. Advance registration with payment is required.
Vacation Programs - Vacation Programs are for children in grades 1-5. Please come prepared for outdoor activities. Cost: $10 per family. Advance registration with payment is required.
Special Events - Open to all ages. No registration required.
Special Programs - Ages specified in program description.
Family Friday Nights
Manchester’s Bald Eagles
See photos of our local bald eagles and find out why the Merrimack River is their favorite spot in the winter.
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 do otters, minks, and fishers have in common? They are all part of the weasel family. Learn more as we play games to discover their special traits and why they are so "tricky". Don’t weasel out of this program!
The Hunters and the Hunted
What is the difference between a predator and a prey animal? We’ll investigate the adaptations animals use to find food and stay safe.
Finding Their Way
Discover how migrating creatures find their way back to NH. Compare their navigation skills to yours through games and activities.
Winter Wonders Series begins in January
Active Winter Animals
Who is out and about around the river in the winter when snow covers the ground? Discover which animals are active in winter and how they survive this chilly season in NH.
Winter is for the Birds!
From the cardinal to the chickadee, lots of birds stay in NH during the cold winter. Find out who you might see in your backyard and make your very own bird feeder to take home.
Secrets of Snow
What secrets does the snow keep? We’ll experiment with snow and play games to discover what makes snow special. We’ll even learn which animals make their home in the snow and why they are thankful for this wintry blanket.
Winter Wildlife Detectives
How do we know animals have been around even when we don’t see them? They leave clues! Put on your detective hat and help discover clues left behind by winter animals around the Fishways. We’ll even make some animal tracks to take home.
Where have all the insects gone? How will they make it through this chilly season? We’ll explore, play games and discover what insects do in the winter.
Mammals, Mammals Everywhere!
Lots and lots of furry friends are active all year long, even in the coldest NH winters. Learn all about the mammals, big and small, that may have visited your yard this winter when you were not looking!
Tracks and Traces
Learn about tracks and other clues that animals are awake and active. We’ll search for animal signs around the Fishways.
Fabulous Fur and Feathers
Animal coats may be furry or feathered, but they do the trick. Discover how river critters stay cozy and warm.
Predators of the Sky: Live Birds of Prey
Tom Ricardi and his spectacular birds of prey will be our guests. An amazing golden eagle and a very playful turkey vulture will be two 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!
Cost: $10/person or $25/family (Fee does not cover extended family).
Eagles Along the Merrimack
Learn about our urban bald eagles and search for them roosting around the city. The program begins with a brief overview at the Fishways, followed by a trip to look for local eagles. Carpooling is encouraged. Please bring binoculars if possible.
Cost: $3 per person or $6 per family. Advance registration with payment is required.
Let’s Go ICE Fishing
Shake off the winter blues and learn how to ice fish with staff and volunteers of New Hampshire Fish and Game. This two-part program will start Friday evening by introducing ice safety, fish ecology, equipment and bait, and how to dress to beat the cold. Saturday we’ll head out to a local pond to try out our new angling skills. Parents and participants over 16 do not need a fishing license during the organized field trip. Program is FREE but registration is required. All angling gear will be provided. Bring your own lunch. Proper outdoor clothing is a must. For ages 10 and up.
Cost: Free! Advance registration is required.
Learn to Fly Fish: For Beginner and Intermediate
Learn all about equipment, how to tie a fly, strategies and techniques, where fish live and what they eat. Members of Trout Unlimited certified in the "Let's Go Fishing" program will be our instructors.
Cost: $5 per person. Advance registration with payment is required.
Call 626-FISH for more information!
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