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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:

Winter Hours

The Center is open
Monday - Saturday
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
December 1st - March 1st

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)
Sept 23 (Center closed)
Oct 7 (Center closed)
Oct 10 (Columbus Day)
Nov 11 (Veteran's Day)
Nov 24-26 (Thanksgiving)
Dec 24-26 (Winter Holiday)
Dec 30-Jan 2 (New Year's)

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Special Events

Unlike our public and school programs, Special Events only happen a few times a year. They are usually much 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. Check back often to catch our next Special Event!

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!


The 2017 Fish Season runs 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.


Fishways Open House
Thursday, December 28
11 am - 3 pm

Spend a day of your school vacation enjoying a party at the Fishways! Our annual "thank you" Open House features "Winter Raptors" presentations throughout the day. Create fun crafts, eat yummy treats, and win door prizes! Try not to miss this fun annual event!

FREE, for all ages
No registration necessary



The Amoskeag Fishways teaches people of all ages to notice the world around them. This world includes nature - the birds, fish, trees and insects that live near or in our rivers as well as the people we live with in our neighborhoods, schools and workplaces. Daily, we teach about the conservation and preservation of natural resources (water, air, soils, forests) without which we could not live. Through this learning and caring rises up in each of us a sense of kindness and compassion towards life, all of life. This basic tenet of kindness is where we will begin a center focus we are calling "The Kindness Curriculum". Watch for programs offered with the bold letters KIND and join us in helping the world be a better place for everyone and all beings.

Pizza Party with the Painted Turtles
Saturday, January 13
11 am - 12:30 pm

Drive away the winter blues with a pizza party. Families will meet our friendly reptile ambassadors during an interactive presentation about the extraordinary turtles and snakes of NH. We will discuss how to treat our slithery, slimy friends with the respect and goodwill they deserve, make a peek-a-boo turtle craft to take home, and round out the day by watching the painted turtles enjoy their lunch while we eat pizza. KIND

Cost: $15 per family (includes pizza lunch).
Registration with payment required.

Eagles Along the Merrimack
Saturday, January 27
10 am - 12 pm

Join us as we search for bald eagles along the Merrimack River in Manchester. We will begin with an orientation at the center, followed by a quest to spot the first eagle of the day! Expect to carpool, dress warmly, and bring your binoculars if possible. KIND

Cost: $3 per person, $6 per family.
Registration with payment required.

Let's Go ICE Fishing!
Friday, February 16, 6 - 8 pm
Saturday, February 17, 9 am - 1 pm

Learn how to ice fish with staff and volunteers of New Hampshire Fish and Game during this two-part series. Friday will cover ice safety, fish ecology, equipment, and more. Parents and participants over 16 do not need a fishing license during the organized field trip on Saturday. All angling gear will be provided. Bring your own lunch and wear proper outdoor clothing for Saturday.

Cost: FREE
Ages 8 & up
Registration required

Backyard Birds
Saturday, March 3
11 am - 12:30 pm

From the cardinal to the chickadee, many species of birds stay in NH throughout our coldest months. Learn to identify some classic winter residents, and understand how they survive this challenging time of year. Encourage more birds to visit your own back yard by creating a beautiful bird feeder from recycled materials to bring home.

Cost: $8 per family.
Registration with payment required.

Predators of the Sky:
Live Birds of Prey

Saturday, March 10
Two Shows: 11 am - 12:30 pm & 1 - 2:30 pm

Tom Ricardi teaches with a diverse group of raptors which often include a very playful turkey vulture and a beautiful golden eagle! 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 per person
Children under 2 FREE!
Registration with payment required
Space is limited

Vulture Culture
Saturday, March 24
11 am - 12:30 pm

Scan the skies on a sunny day, and you may see a large, dark bird circling high above. It could be a turkey vulture! Train your eyes to recognize these impressive birds, and participate in some fun activities to discover their unique adaptations and to appreciate their way of life. KIND

Cost: $8 per family.
Registration with payment required.

Winter 2018 Postcard

Kids had fun making bugs and other stuff at last years "Bug Ball" event.

Tom Ricardi is showing off a Turkey Vulture at our "Live Raptor" program.

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