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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 in 2018:

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Jan 15: Civil Rights Day
Feb 19: President's Day
May 28: Memorial Day
July 4: Independence Day
July 23: Summer Closings
July 24: Summer Closings
July 30: Summer Closings
Sept 3: Labor Day
Oct 8: Columbus Day
Nov 12: Veteran's Day
Nov 22-24: Thanksgiving
Dec 24-26: Winter Holiday
Dec 31-Jan 1: New Year's

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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.


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.

Special Events - Special events are open to the general public. No registration required.

Special Programs - Family fun for all ages. Advance registration required.

Homeschool Programs - 3 new programs for ages 6 and up.

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" 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.

October, November, December 2018


Fishways Annual Open House
Thursday, December 27
11:00am - 3:00pm

Spend a day of your school vacation enjoying a party at the Fishways! Our annual "thank you" Open House features presentations about "Frigid Fish, 'Frogsicles' and other Amazing Winter Wildlife Tricks". Create fun crafts, eat yummy treats and win door prizes. Try not to miss this fun annual event! KIND

FREE, for all ages
No registration necessary

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Eyes on Owls
Saturday, November 10
Three presentations at the Fishways!
10-10:45am, 11:30-12:15pm, 1:00-2pm

Live owls will be our guests with owl expert and naturalist team Marcia and Mark Wilson. Learn all about NH owls, what they look like and where they might be found. Best of all, see these wonderful birds of the night close up!

45 minute programs: $7 per person
1 hour program: $10 per person
Two yr. old and under, FREE
Space is limited.
Registration with payment required

Everyday Mindfulness for a Meaningful Life
Friday, December 7
At the McLane Audubon Center
9:30 - 11:00am
Guide and Leader: Helen Dalbeck

Mindfulness is simply paying attention on purpose to the present moment. Helen will model and teach participants how to bring awareness to their breath and their movements while sitting and walking. There will be a slowing down, meditative quality to these activities and a natural awakening of the senses. Join us to focus on the breath. Learn to sit and move with attention, and to walk with purpose and peace. Explore these methods and discover yourself again and again.

Cost: $10 per person for Audubon members
$15 per person for non-members
Registration with payment required by calling McLane Audubon 224-9909.

Visitor Center Hours
Visitor Center Hours
9 am - 5 pm before December 1
9 am - 4 pm after December 1

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Edison's Workshop
Friday, October 12
10am - 11:30am

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

Cost: $5 per student, ages 9 and up
Registration with payment required

A Village Along the Merrimack
Friday, November 9
10am - 11:30am

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

Cost: $5 per student, ages 6 and up
Registration with payment required

Birds in your Neighborhood
Friday, December 14
10am - 11:30am

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. KIND

Cost: $5 per student, ages 6 and up
Registration with payment required

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Saturdays, 11 am - 12 pm

We have fun nature programs for all ages. Stop by with your family to learn something new about vultures and owls or make beautiful holiday decorations for your home!

Turkey Vultures - October 6, 13, 20, 27 *KIND
Owls - November 17 *KIND
Natural Creations - December 1, 8, 15

Donation of $5 per family encouraged
No registration required

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

Fall 2018 Postcard


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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