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Amoskeag Fishways
PO Box 330
Manchester, NH 03105

The Center and
exhibit hall are
open year-round

Monday - Saturday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

with the following exceptions:

Fish Season Hours

The Center is open 7 days a week during fish season
May 2nd - June 18th

The Fishways will be closed
the following dates:

Jan 1-2 (New Year's)
Jan 18 (Martin Luther King Day)
Feb 15 (President's Day)
May 31 (Memorial Day)
July 2-4 (Independence Day)
Sept 5 (Labor Day)
Oct 10 (Columbus Day)
Nov 11 (Veteran's Day)
Nov 24-26 (Thanksgiving)
Dec 26 (Winter Holiday)
Dec 31 (New Year's Eve)

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Public Programs

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.

Summer 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.

Homeschool Discovery Programs - This Series is for children ages 9 to 14. Group meets 2nd Thursday of each month, October through June, 10 am - 12 pm. We will explore the living and non-living components of the Merrimack River ecosystem through field trips, data collection and classroom instruction. Cost: $10 per child per class

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. Advance registration with payment 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!

Amoskeag Fishways Summer Programs
July, August, September 2016

Fishways Family Adventures

Thursdays in July
9 am - Noon

Looking for some fun 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.

July 7 - Forest Exploration
July 14 - Ponding
July 21 - Bog Adventure
July 28 - River Fun

Cost: $10 per Family.
Advance registration with payment required.

Saturday Nature Seekers

Every Saturday
11 am - Noon

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!

July - The World of Water
August - Insect Investigation
September - Bird Migration

Cost: Donation of $5 per family encouraged

Special Events

River Bug Festival
Saturday, September 24
11 am - 3 pm

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 2016!

Cost: $3 per person, $6 per family

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Homeschool Discovery Programs

Merrimack River Life
Grades 1 and up

3rd Thursday of every month, 10 - 11:30 am

Beginning October 20

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.

Cost: $10 per child per class.
Advance registration with payment required.

Project-Based River Study
Grades 4 and up

2nd Thursday of every month, 10 am - 12 pm

Beginning October 13

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.

Cost: $10 per child per class.
Advance registration with payment required.

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Family Fun Nights

Campfire Tales
August 5, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

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.
Cost: $8 per family. Advance registration with payment required.

Just Ducky!
September 16, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Discover some of the amazing adaptations of our common floating friends, the ducks! We will take a close look at feathers, try out some duck sounds, and make a craft to take home.
Cost: $8 per family. Advance registration with payment required.

The Bear Necessities
September 30, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Black bear can be found all over the state of NH, though it is a special (and sometimes unwelcome) treat to see one. Discover what these large mammals need to survive, and learn how to encourage wild bear and humans to be "respectful neighbors" to one another.
Cost: $8 per family. Advance registration with payment required.

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Please call 626-FISH for more information about any of our programs!


One of the Scigirls holds up a fish skeleton.

Kids have fun interacting with nature as they learn about their environment.

Visitors participate in welcoming back our finned friends at the Grand Opening of the Fish Ladder special event.

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