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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 4th - June 20th

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:

Dec 25-26 (Christmas 2014)
Jan 1-2 (New Year's)
Jan 19 (Martin Luther King Day)
Feb 16 (President's Day)
May 25 (Memorial Day)
July 3-4 (Independence Day)
Sept 7 (Labor Day)
Oct 12 (Columbus Day)
Nov 11 (Veteran's Day)
Nov 26-27 (Thanksgiving)
Dec 24-25 (Christmas)

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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!

Amoskeag Fishways Spring Programs
April, May, June 2015

Celebrate the 2015 Fish Season!

The Amoskeag Fishways celebrates the 2015 fish migration season May 4th through June 20th. This season is especially meaningful as it is our 20th year of the Amoskeag Fishways Partnership. We honor and appreciate our successful and diverse partnership with Eversource, New Hampshire Audubon, New Hampshire Fish and Game and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Thank you for all that you do for the Fishways!

During fish season, we will be open seven days a week from 9am-5pm. The center will be closed Monday, May 25th, in observance of Memorial Day. 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.

Special Events

2015 Fish Festival
Featuring Dash and Splash!

Thursday, April 30
10 am - 3 pm

Line up and cheer on biologists when they deliver fish to stock our fish ladder at 10am. Our fish passage is open but the wild anadromous species have yet to swim up the Merrimack River. While we wait, the stocked fish will be in the ladder for up close and personal underwater viewing. Fish crafts, fish hats, fish games and fish fun will follow fish stocking! At 1pm, NH Fish and Game biologist, Matt Carpenter, will give a special River Herring Restoration talk in celebration of our 20 year partnership with Fish and Game.
Cost: $3 per person or $6 per family (fee does not cover extended family)
No registration required.

All about River Raptors
Saturday, May 16

Everyone is noticing all kinds of raptors flying over the Merrimack River. Falcons, eagles and hawks have become a common sight in the Manchester city landscape that we love. What are they doing in the city? Where are they nesting and raising young? We will answer these questions and more by bird watching, viewing a slide show, participating in fun bird activities and viewing a raptor up close. One of NH Audubon's educators will be on hand with a live bird to answer your raptor questions. Let's celebrate the recovery of raptors in NH and our 20 years of partnership with NH Audubon. NHA staff and members work tirelessly to protect and conserve river raptors everywhere!
Cost: $3 per person or $6 per family (fee does not cover extended family)
No registration required.

Family Fish Celebration and Tour Day
Saturday, May 30
10 am - 3 pm

This year is the 20th anniversary of our fabulous Amoskeag Fishways partnership with Eversource, NH Audubon, NH Fish and Game and the US Fish and Wildlife Service! Celebrate with us by going on a tour with your family to learn all about our fish ladder, the history of the Amoskeag area, and the unique fish restoration in the Merrimack River. It will be a day filled with NH fish facts, fish lore, fishy games and activities.
Cost: FREE
No registration required.

Sea Lamprey Appreciation Day
Saturday, June 6
10 am - 3 pm

The slimy and incredible sea lamprey returns! Hold a live three foot long sea lamprey! Lamprey are the coolest and most ancient fish in the Merrimack River. What is so special about them? How are they different from American eels, for which they are often mistaken? Get sucked into the fun at this unique event as we discover and compare the fascinating life cycles of these two amazing fish. A big thank you goes out to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, for assisting with this program. Let's honor 20 years of partnership with our friends at the FWS by celebrating these under-appreciated animals!
Cost: $3 per person or $6 per family (fee does not cover extended family)
No registration required.

Special Programs

Predators of the Sky: Live Birds of Prey
Saturday, April 4
Two presentations: 11am-12:30pm or 1-2:30pm

Tom Ricardi and his spectacular birds of prey will be our guests. A diverse group of raptors which includes a very playful turkey vulture and a beautiful golden eagle will be some 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!
Venue Location: PSNH 5 Rivers Auditorium
780 North Commercial Street
Manchester, NH 03101
Cost: $10 per person/$25 per family (fee does not cover extended family)
Advance payment with registration required

Chimney Swift Watches
Thursdays, May 14 and May 21

Did you know that we have a recovering population of chimney swifts right in downtown Manchester? These amazing birds migrate to our city from South America each spring to build nests and raise young in, you guessed it... chimneys! We will cover the natural history and unique story of this insectivore at the center before we go out to explore a confirmed nest site. Binoculars encouraged.
Cost: $3 per person or $6 per family (fee does not cover extended family)
Advance payment with registration required

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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