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.
A NOTE ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS...
Special Events - Special events are open to the general public. No registration required.
Saturday Nature Seekers - Discover something new every month! No registration required.
Fishways Family Adventures - Put on your boots and explore with us! Advance registration with payment required.
Family Fun Nights - Family Fun Nights are for all ages. Advance registration with payment required.
Summer Programs - Family fun for all ages. Advance registration 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!
FISH SEASON 2017
The 2017 Fish Season will run from May 1 - June 17. During this time, visitors may view migrating fish through our underwater windows. Our center will be open daily from 9 am - 5 pm. Walk-in visitors are always welcome and guided fish season tours are offered to groups of 10 - 30 participants. For more information about fish season or to schedule a tour, call 626-FISH.
AMOSKEAG FISHWAYS SUMMER PROGRAMS
River Bug Festival
Did you know the Merrimack River is home to many species of underwater insects? Observe these live bugs up close,
and learn how to identify them using NH Audubon's Creek Critters app. The day will include aquatic insect crafts, games, exploration and identification.
Vote for your favorite river bug to win in the "Most Loved Bug" category of 2017!
SATURDAY NATURE SEEKERS
Saturdays, 11 am - 12 pm
Do you and your kids wish for an opportunity to learn about nature but have trouble finding the time?
Stop by our center most Saturdays at 11 am for "short and sweet" mini-programs and fun nature-based activities. Discover something new every month!
Fishways Family Adventures
Thursdays in July
Looking for 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 of 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.
FAMILY FUN NIGHTS
Family Fun Nights are for all ages and focus on Merrimack River ecology.
Engaging facts and stories are followed by group activities and open crafts.
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.
We love to watch them, but what do we really know about NH butterflies? Take a closer look at these small
creatures to discover some amazing adaptations beyond their colorful, fluttery charm and learn to identify a few you may have
seen in your own backyard this summer.
Why are we seeing fewer birds in our backyards? Where are they going? We'll become familiar with some species
of birds that undergo an incredible annual migration and play games to help us understand how and why they do it. KIND
"Booked for Summer"
Story books can be a wonderful window into the natural world. In association with the Manchester School District's summer reading initiative,
"Booked for Summer", the Amoskeag Fishways presents a fun, relaxed hour of river related stories. Stop by with your children and learn about the fish,
wildlife and people that use our local waterways. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite fish toy or share some of ours for some interactive play.
All the Water in the World
Water is essential for all life to exist! All of us use water and it touches every part of our lives, every day. On this water focused morning,
we will play H2Olympics, learn the journey of a single drop of water and take home conservation tips that everyone can do, no matter where you live or what your age.
We all can take thoughtful actions that will change the world.
The cardboard challenge is a global initiative organized by the Imagination Foundation to inspire creativity in children of all ages through free play.
We'll provide cardboard for building, all you have to bring is your imagination. From model fish ladders to arcade games to works of art,
it's up to you to show the world what you can make from recycled materials. Let's have some fun!
Please call 626-FISH for more information about any of our programs!
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