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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 2019:

Jan 1: New Year's Day
Jan 21: Civil Rights Day
Feb 18: President's Day
May 27: Memorial Day
July 4: Independence Day
Sept 2: Labor Day
Oct 14: Columbus Day
Nov 11: Veteran's Day
Nov 28-30: 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.

February Vacation Programs - Recommended for ages 9 and up. Drop-ins welcome throughout the day.

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.

January, February, March 2019


There has been a fish ladder for migrating fish here at the Amoskeag Fishways since 1989. WOW, 30 years of interpreting and teaching our visitors about Merrimack River fish and wildlife. We open up the weir gates again this May...don't miss out!

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

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 19
8am - 11am

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 15, 6pm - 8pm
Saturday, February 16, 9am - 1pm

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
Registration required, ages 8 & up

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February Vacation Programs

Critter Meet and Greet
February 25, 26, 27, 28 & March 1
11am & 2pm with crafts all day

Meet the Fishways' critters like never before! During vacation week we invite you and your children to visit at 11am or 2pm for a special opportunity to meet our reptiles and amphibians face-to-face and learn a few fun facts from our staff. There will be crafts all day during the week, and, on March 1 at 11am, a "Friday Feeding Frenzy" will give visitors the opportunity to watch our animals enjoy their favorite foods.

Cost: FREE, donations kindly accepted
No registration required

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Mammals in your Neighborhood
Friday, January 11
10am - 11:30am

What are warm-blooded, 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.

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

Slithery, Slimy, and Scaly:
Local Reptiles and Amphibians

Friday, February 8
10am - 11:30am

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

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

Follow the Water
Friday, March 8
10am - 11:30am

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

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

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Saturdays in January and February
11 am - 12 pm

We have fun nature programs for all ages. Stop by with your family to learn something new about...

All about Eagles - January 5, 19, 26

River Otter Fun - February 2, 9, 16, 23

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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