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.
Special Programs - Family fun for all ages. Advance registration required.
Saturday Nature Seekers - Discover something new every month! No 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 2018
"Fish Season" is the time of year when our fish ladder is operating. This occurs every Spring in preparation for migratory fish that will use the fish ladder to bypass the Amoskeag Dam as they swim upriver in May and June. This year, Fish Season will run from April 30 - June 16. During this time, visitors may view migrating fish through our underwater windows. Walk-in visitors are always welcome and guided tours are offered to groups of 10 - 30 participants. For more information about Fish Season or to schedule a tour, call 626-FISH.
Fish Season Tours
This interactive walking tour offers students a peek into the past as they learn about the history of the Merrimack River and Amoskeag Falls with a focus on migratory fish. Students will learn the basics of hydroelectric power generation, see the fish ladder in action, and become familiar with how the fish ladder works and which species use it. The tour ends with an underwater look into the ladder for a chance to glimpse the fish themselves! Fish Season Tours are available to groups of 10 - 30 participants, though groups larger than 30 can be accommodated by booking multiple tours. To book, call 626-FISH.
AMOSKEAG FISHWAYS SPRING PROGRAMS
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
World Fish Migration Day
This is a one day global-local event! We wish for open, clean passable rivers that sustain migrating fish. Play water games, make fish puppets and enjoy this special site along the Merrimack. KIND
2018 Fish Festival
Line up and cheer on biologists when they deliver fish to stock our fish passage at 10am. Our fish ladder is open, but the wild migrating species have yet to swim up the Merrimack River. While we wait, the stocked fish will be here for up close underwater viewing. Fish crafts, fish hats, fish games and fishy fun throughout the day!
Bird Friendly Cafe
Bring your travel mug to the Fishways to learn about and sample coffee grown on farms in Central and South America that provide good,
forest-like habitat for birds, especially birds that are migratory. Rather than being grown on land that has been cleared of all other vegetation,
bird friendly coffees are planted under a canopy of trees. Shade grown, fair trade, and delicious! KIND
Sea Lamprey Appreciation Day
The slimy and fascinating sea lamprey returns! Hold a live three foot long fish and get sucked into the fun of a much under-appreciated animal. We will we learn all about the unique physical nature and lifecycle of the incredible sea lamprey. KIND
Learn to Fly Fish
Discover this unique pastime! Members of Fly Fishers International (www.flyfishersinternational.org) will be our instructors teaching about fly fishing equipment, fly-tying, where fish live, how to read the water, and special strategies and techniques.
Friday Fish Ladder Tours
Meet us in the upper parking lot for a walking tour and learn all about our fish ladder, the Amoskeag Hydro Station, the history of the Amoskeag area and current fish restoration projects in our region. Open to all ages.
Open the Gates!
We are opening our gates to the river, inviting you to participate in NH Fish and Game's "Free Fishing Day".
Visit www.wildlife.state.nh.us. Bring your own fishing rod if you have one.
SATURDAY NATURE SEEKERS
Saturdays, 11 am - 12 pm
We have fun nature programs for all ages. Stop by with your family this spring to learn something new about falcons and fish!
Please call 626-FISH for more information about any of our programs!
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