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(603) 626-FISH

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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:

Jan 1-2 (New Year's)
Jan 18 (Martin Luther King Day)
Feb 15 (President's Day)
May 31 (Memorial Day)
July 2-4 (Independence Day)
Sept 5 (Labor Day)
Sept 23 (Center closed)
Oct 7 (Center closed)
Oct 10 (Columbus Day)
Nov 11 (Veteran's Day)
Nov 24-26 (Thanksgiving)
Dec 24-26 (Winter Holiday)
Dec 30-Jan 2 (New Year's)

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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!

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!


The 2017 Fish Season runs from May 1 - June 17. During this time, visitors may view migrating fish through our underwater windows. Our center will be open daily from 9 am - 5 pm. 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.


Fishways Open House
Thursday, December 28
11 am - 3 pm

Spend a day of your school vacation enjoying a party at the Fishways! Our annual "thank you" Open House features "Winter Raptors" presentations throughout the day. Create fun crafts, eat yummy treats, and win door prizes! Try not to miss this fun annual event!

FREE, for all ages
No registration necessary



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.

Cardboard Challenge

Saturday, September 30
10 - 12 pm

The cardboard challenge is a global initiative organized by the Imagination Foundation to inspire creativity in children of all ages through free play. We'll provide cardboard for building, all you have to bring is your imagination. From model fish ladders to arcade games to works of art, it's up to you to show the world what you can make from recycled materials. Let's have some fun!

Advance registraion required

Dissect an Owl Pellet
Saturday, October 28
11 am - 12:30 pm

Did you know that owls cough up "pellets" after a meal? We may find bones and sometimes whole animal skeletons by carefully picking these pellets apart. Learn all about owl eating habits and dissect a real pellet!
Cost: $8 per family
Advance registration with payment required

Eyes on Owls
Saturday, November 4
Two Presentations: 11 am - 12:15 pm & 1 pm - 2:15 pm

Whooo knows these fun facts? Owls have large eyes, a flat face and can turn their heads as much as 270 degrees. They are nocturnal, quiet in flight and when seen together, a group of owls is called a parliament. Live owls along with expert presenters Marcia and Mark Wilson will help us learn all about New Hampshire's owl species, what they look like and where they might be found. See these wonderful birds of the night up close and even get some hooting lessons!
Cost: $10 per person or $25 per family
(fee does not cover extended family)
Advance registration with payment required

Space is limited

Eversource Five Rivers Auditorium
Energy Park 780 Commercial St.
Manchester, NH 03101

Calling All Crows!
Saturday, November 18
11 am - 12:30 pm

As trees become bare and days grow shorter, large flocks of American crows in Manchester become more noticeable. Regarded by some as a nuisance, we have more in common with crows than we realize. They live together in families, are highly intelligent, and can recognize individual human faces! Learn to appreciate these clever neighborhood birds as we explore their rich lives and take a walk outdoors to look for crows and observe their behavior.
Cost: $8 per family

Advance registration with payment 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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