School/Group Programs

Maximum number of students per program is 30. Native Americans, River Ecology, Electricity and Preschool programs are offered year round. Fish Season Tours are offered in May and June. Please call 626-3474 to register.

*Fishways programs can come to you! We now travel with some of our popular group programs. These programs are marked below*.

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River Ecology and Wildlife

Wildlife of the River Community *

What animals live along the Merrimack River and why are they found there? Hands-on activities and observation of live animals help students explore adaptation, life cycles, and food webs.

Grade Level: 2-4
Program Length: 90 minutes
Program Cost:
$60 at Fishways
Curriculum Framework Codes: 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e

Fabulous Fish *

Hook your students on the fascinating behavior and adaptations of Merrimack River fishes. Observe live fish, learn about fish life cycles, and explore the characteristics that make a fish a fish.

Grade Level: Pre-K – 4
Program Length:
90 minutes (grade 1-4)
60 minutes (grade Pre-K and K)
Program Cost:
$60 for 90 minutes
$50 for 60 minutes
Curriculum Framework Codes: 2a, 2b, 2c

Down the Drain *

Follow a raindrop through the water cycle to learn about watersheds and water conservation. Students will build their own watersheds and participate in water cycle modeling.

Grade Level: 4-8
Program Length: 90 minutes
Program Cost: $60
Curriculum Framework Codes: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2g, 3a, 4f

Merrimack Magic

What living things can be found in the Merrimack River ecosystem? And how is matter cycled through the system? Using a video-microscope and direct observation of living things, students will explore the concepts of photosynthesis, producers, consumers, and decomposers within a river system.

Grade Level: 4-8
Program Length: 90 minutes
Program Cost: $60
Curriculum Framework Codes: 2a, 2e, 2f, 2i, 4h

River Life *

From microscopic life to large vertebrates, NH’s own Merrimack River hosts a wide variety of aquatic creatures. Through hands-on activities and observation of live organisms, students will explore food webs of the river and the unique adaptations of river wildlife.

Grade Level: 4-6
Program Length: 90 minutes
Program Cost: $60
Curriculum Framework Codes: 2a, 2b

Mad About Mammals *

What are warmblooded, furry, and can be seen in your own backyard? Mammals, of course! Come to the Fishways to learn all about our local mammals. The program includes hands-on activities.

Grade Level: Pre-K & K
Program Length: 60 minutes
Program Cost: $50
Curriculum Framework Codes: 2a, 2b

Slithery, Slimy, and Scaly: Reptiles and Amphibians *

Learn the difference between these two fascinating groups of creatures. Hands-on activities and observation of live animals help students explore the life cycles, adaptations and fascinating behaviors of our local snakes, turtles, frogs and salamanders.

Grade Level: Pre-K – 4
Program Length:
90 minutes (grade 1-4)
60 minutes (pre K & K)
Program Cost:
$60 for 90 minutes,
$50 for 60 minutes
Curriculum Framework Codes: 2a, 2b, 2c, 2h

Birds in your Neighborhood *

Birds are all around us, even in the city. In this program students view actual bird wings, feet, skulls and a skeleton, and engage in activities that help them understand special bird adaptations and behavior. Outdoor observation increases students’ awareness by viewing birds they might not have noticed before.

Grade Level: 2-4
Program Length: 90 minutes
Program Cost: $60
Curriculum Framework Codes: 2a, 2b, 2h

River Ecology Series

This four-part series explores concepts of hydrology, living systems, water quality and conservation through direct observation and hands-on activities. The series is offered over the course of 4 parts, each part lasting 2 hours.

Part 1: “How Did This River Get Here?” covers the water cycle, watersheds, groundwater flow, and stream flow.
Part 2: “Life In A River” covers photosynthesis, microscopic life, macroinvertebrates, vertebrates, and riparian food webs.
Part 3: “Water Quality” covers biological indicators of water quality and includes a trip to a local stream.
Part 4: “Human Harm, Human Help” covers water pollution and habitat destruction, as well as ways to reduce our impact on rivers.

Grade Level: 4-8
Program Length: 2 hours per session
Cost: $75 per session
Curriculum Framework Codes: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2d, 2e, 2f, 2g, 2i, 4f, 4h

Living Along the River

Each session teaches the concepts of animal habitat, adaptation and classification, all using the context of a river. Observation of pelts, skulls, and mounts, as well as hands-on activities engages students and enhances learning.

Part 1: Furry River Creatures
Part 2: Feathered River Creatures
Part 3: Gills, Scales and Fins
Part 4: Bugs Below the Surface

Grade Level: 1-3
Program Length: 90 minutes per session
Program Cost: $60 per session
CF Codes: 2a, 2b, 2d, 2e

Electricity

Edison’s Workshop *

Turn back the clock and explore Thomas Edison’s Workshop. Students learn the basics of electricity, then conduct their own experiment in building a light bulb.

Grade Level: 4-6
Program Length: 90 minutes
Program Cost: $60 per session
Curriculum Framework Codes: 1c, 3b, 3d, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 4e

You Can Turn Water Into Watt?

Tour the Amoskeag hydroelectric station and learn how electricity is made using water power. This program will also help students understand environmental impacts and benefits of hydroelectricity and dams.

Grade Level: 4-12
Program Length: 90 minutes
Program Cost: $60 per session
Curriculum Framework Codes: 1c, 2g, 3b, 3d

Edison Meets the 21st Century

Explore the use of solar panels while learning about basic electrical concepts. Students will measure volts, amps and watts with various appliances connected to solar panels and will learn about the relationship between electrical generation, environmental impacts and energy conservation.

Grade Level: 4-12
Program Length: 90 minutes
Program Cost: $60 per session
Curriculum Framework Codes: 1c, 2g, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4a, 4e, 4f, 4g

Native Peoples

A Village Along the Merrimack *

Students are taken back to the days when the Amoskeag Falls was the site of large Penacook fishing villages. The program naturalist helps students explore the every day world of the Penacook people, interpret artifacts, play games and examine natural materials necessary to life long ago.

Grade Level: Pre-K – 6
Program Length:
90 minutes (grade 1-6)
60 minutes (pre-K & K)
Program cost:
$60 for 90 minutes,
$50 for 60 minutes
CF Codes: NH History, Historical Analysis and Interpretation

Fish Season

Fish Season Tours

This walking tour will teach students about the history of the Merrimack River and Amoskeag Falls; the story of the Native Americans, early settlers and industrial revolution; hydroelectric power generation, how the fish ladder works and which migratory fish use the ladder to bypass the dam each spring. The tour ends with an underwater look into the ladder. Groups larger than 30 can be accommodated.

Program Availability: May and June
Age level: Pre-school to Adult
Program Length: 60 minutes
Program Cost: $20 suggested donation
Science CF: LS1-2&3, LS2-1, LS3-1, LS4-1, ESS4-3, PS2-3, PS4-3, SPS3-2.
CF Codes: 1c, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2g, 2h, 3b, 3d

Outdoor Programs Available

Please call for more information.

Stream/River Explorations
Pond Explorations
Water Quality Monitoring
Forest Explorations
Life in the Soil
Wildlife Searches
Play in the Woods