UPDATED: February 12, 2018




4 Cross Rd, Amherst, NH 03031

603 673-6248

Peabody Mill Environmental Center

66 Brook Road

603 673-1141

News at Amherst Parks and Rec!



Mom’s on Mountain’s (MoM’s) Ski Group

Dust off those skis, “Mom’s on Mountains” is debuting this winter! Once a month during ski season, Amherst Parks and Rec will be taking a group to a different mountain for a day of skiing and adult fun. Amherst Recreation will be providing transportation only. Your ticket to the mountain will need to be purchased on your own.

Please Note: You do not need to be a Mom to participate! Dads are welcome too!


Trip Schedule:

- March 14 at Okemo ($20R;25NR)

Trip- Monthly Lunch Trips

Let’s eat our way through New England this year with our Monthly lunch Trips! Join the Amherst Recreation crew as we depart for some local lunch outings. We will meet at 10:30am at the Walmart in Amherst, NH on the first Tuesday of every month for a different luncheon outing around NE!

Trip- Boston Flower Show

Join us as we head to Boston to see the Boston Flower show! We will depart from Amherst at 9am, and depart from Boston at 3pm. The trip price will include transportation and the ticket. Lunch is on your own.


When: Thursday, March 15th (depart Amherst at 9am; Depart Boston at 3pm)

Where: Boston, MA (meet at Birch Park, Amherst NH)

Fee: $28R; $38NR (fee includes ticket/transportation, lunch is on your own)

February Vacation Programs

 February School Vacation will be here before you know it! What better way to spend it then take part in a fun-filled week at camp. This camp will be based around the beautiful art and nature that PMEC has to offer! Each day there will be outdoor exploration, snow play, nature hikes, group games, and of course...arts and crafts!


When: Feb. 26-Mar. 2nd from 8:30am-4pm

Who: Grades K-5

Paint and Sip, For Kids!

We are thrilled to be hosting an artist from the Art Happens studio in Milford, NH! Come on down to the Peabody Mill Environmental Center on Monday, Feb. 26th from 10am-12noon to create a masterpiece of your own. All materials will be provided..even the juice!


Who: Grades K-5

Where: Peabody Mill Environmental Center

When: Monday, Feb. 26th from 10am-12noon

Fee: $20 per student R; $25NR

Safe Sitter Course

Who: Boys and Girls ages 11-15

Where: PMEC- Moose Room

When: Tuesday, Feb. 27th, 9:15am-3pm

Fee: $75R; $85NR

STEM Programs

Escape the Classroom (Grades 5-8)

Work together to solve clues and unlock the locks to escape the classroom. Each week attendees will learn about a cipher or codex to assist in their code breaking abilities. Teaches collaboration, critical thinking and develops social skills.


Where: AMS Computer Lab 2

When: Wednesdays

Fee: $15R/$20NR per session

Maker’s STEAM Camp

Explore coding, circuitry, robotics, 3D printing and more. Code your own game or create an app, explore robotics and design and print a unique creation and so much more! Makers will need to bring a bagged lunch, water bottle and snacks.


Who: Grades K-8

What: Maker Camp!

When: Feb. 26- March 2, 9am-4pm

Where: Amherst Computer Lab 2

Fee: $325R; $350NR

Health and Fitness for 2018!

Adult Tone and Balance

Improve your health and enhance daily life activities with a low impact workout that includes strength training, core and balance work. Make muscle, burn calories and lose fat! A total body conditioning workout that includes a variety of equipment and options.


Who: Adults 18years and older

What: Adult Tone & Balance Class

Where: Peabody Mill Environmental Center

When: Mondays 1-2:00pm

Fee: $60.00 Resident $70.00 Non-Resident for the 6 week session


Power Barre

Power Barre is a ballet inspired fitness class that strengthens and tones the entire body.

The hour class will be high intensity with low impact choreographed to fun music. NO dance experience is required and modifications can be made for all levels.


When: Tu/Th at 8:30am

Where: PMEC

Yoga for Adults

We offer 3 class options for adult yoga with long-time instructor, Leslie Formby.


Tues @ PMEC, 10-11:15am

Wed @ SHS, 6:30-7:45pm

Thurs @ PMEC, 10-11:15am


is a program designed specifically for women which encompasses nutrition, result-based workouts and mindfulness.

Most people who do not reach their true potential fail to do so because they underestimate their bodies’ abilities and accept mediocre results....Join TRUE POTENTIAL, owned by Laura Kimball, and unlock your personal possibilities in an inspiring, powerful and supportive environment.

Morning and evening options available

Mack Hill Riding Academy presents--Fitness by Riding, Especially for Women!

This program is geared specifically for women!

Where: Mack Hill Riding Academy

Fee: $160 (includes 4, 1 hour lessons)

Adult Basketball

Adult Basketball is an opportunity for men and women to play games in an open gym setting on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00-10:00 during the school year at Amherst Middle School.

Adult Volleyball

Adult volleyball is an opportunity for men and women to play in an open gym setting on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 8-10pm during the school calendar year at the Amherst Middle School.

Zumba for Adults

Join the millions of people that have decided that having fun and working out are not mutually exclusive!

Pre School Programming

I Love Nature

PMEC Coordinator Nicole has plans for taking children outside to explore and learn about the work we live in. Children will collect leaves, peer into ponds to look for tadpoles, take small hikes and learn through a hands-on approach. And please join us for our weekly hike that begins at 10:00am, directly after class. This hike is free of charge.


Who: Ages 3-6 and their caregivers

Where: PMEC

When:  Thursdays 9:00 AM- 9:45 AM

Fee: R $15/NR $20

Tiny Toes Dance

Lets get groovy!

Our Tiny Toes Dance program is for girls and boys ages 3-5. In this 4 week program, students will get an intro to dance.


Where: Peabody Mill Environmental Center

When: Friday mornings

Fee: $30R; $35NR

Toddler Play and Stay

Come play, explore and make new friends at PMEC! Children 3 years and under along with their parent or caregiver are welcome to meet and explore creative play, both inside and outside.


Who: Babies - 3yr old, Parent or Caregiver

Where: Peabody Mill Environmental Center

When: Friday mornings 9:00 - 10:00


Youth Programs

Trail Trekkers - Spring 2018

Who: Grades 1-4

When: Every Wednesday 3:00 -6:00pm

Where: PMEC

Fee: $100R; $125NR


Hike, run, walk, explore, learn and be one with nature. Trail Trekkers is all about getting outside and connecting with nature while disconnecting from technology. Join us every week for a hike in the forest as we explore streams, brooks, and rivers. Enjoy the outdoors and be prepared to have fun! (*Transportation will be provided from Wilkins Elementary School to PMEC.)

Last Day of each session (Apr 18th & May 30th) will be “Adventure Day” where we will venture off PMEC to a local destination. Stay tuned for more details!


1st Session March 21st - April 18th

2nd Session May 2nd - May 30th




Softball, Spring

Come join girls ages 5-16 on the softball diamond.  Whether you want the experience of an instructional league or are ready for some fun and competition there is a spot for you on one of our many teams.



***Registration by March 5 to avoid a $25.00 late fee. Teams will be formed and uniforms ordered Friday March 18***


***Registration by April 2 to avoid a $25.00 late fee.

Baseball, Spring

Batter up! Baseball is open for players 5-15 years old.

Practices will be held Monday - Friday between 5:30 and 7:30pm. Games will be held once or twice a week, depending on the league.



All but T-Ball

*** Register by March 5 to avoid a $25 late fee. Teams will be formed and uniforms will be ordered  Friday March 18.*

T-Ball- Register before April 2 to avoid a $25 late fee.

Home school Science Class at PMEC

Amherst Recreation is pleased to offer a Science classroom experience to children from ages 5-15 at the Peabody Mill Environmental Center, an environmental and science education center abutting almost 600 acres of Joe English conservation land.

Classes are grouped as a series of three that follow a seasonal theme.

Scout Programs at PMEC

We offer a variety of naturalist-led programs that your girl or boy scout troop can schedule at your convenience. Groups of all ages can come to the Peabody Mill Environmental Center to learn about science, nature, animals, the environment, and much more.  Many troops tailor their programs to the pins and/or badges that they are earning. Programs may be scheduled at your convenience, either after school or over the weekend.  For inquires please call 673 6248 and speak to Amber Kear!

All Ages

NH Fish and Game Black Bear and Bobcat Presentation

Wonder why you’re seeing the Amherst Bear all around town? Maybe you’ve been lucky enough to see the Bobcat that’s been sighted around town? We know you’ve got questions so we went right to New Hampshire Fish and Game to help try and find the answers! Join us for an exciting and fun two part series on Black Bears & Bobcats presented by New Hampshire Fish & Game expertise, Don Allen.


Who: All Ages

What: A free 2-Part talk on Black Bears and Bobcats by NH Fish and Game

Where: At PMEC  66 Brook Road Amherst, NH 03031

When: Sunday March 4th - 2pm-3:30pm

Fee: FREE - No registration required

Full Moon Hikes at PMEC

Come join us for a full moon hike led by a naturalist at PMEC! Fun activities along the trail for all ages.


Who: All Ages. Families welcome!

When: Times are dependant on season.

Amherst Makerspace-Info!

Amherst Makerspace is a collaborative project with the Amherst Recreation Department and the Amherst Middle School. An entire wing at the Amherst Middle School, is open to the surrounding communities during non-school hours. We provide the ultimate workshop for paid members, to use State Of the Art tools, share knowledge, work on projects, network, and build things.

Repair Cafe @ The Amherst Makerspace

The Amherst Makerspace is hosting people with skills, to help you repair a broken item that you may treasure or something you wish to save from the trash heap. We will have woodworkers, welders, electricians, computer techs and general handymen/women on hand to help you fix your item. Broken furniture, bicycles, toys, toaster, vacuum cleaners, lamps or electronics. If we can fix ain’t broke!


Where: Amherst Makerspace, 14 Cross Road

When: 3rd Thursday of every month

Birthday Parties at PMEC

Create amazing birthday memories this year with a Birthday Party for your child age 3-12 at the Peabody Mill Environment Center!

We have many themes to choose from (click here) or we can work together to tailor one just for your Birthday Girl or Boy. New themes and pricing structure for 2018!

Senior Active Healthy Living Walking Program

In partnership with Amherst Parks and Recreation, The Hampshire Dome and the NH WellPoint Foundation are delighted to co-sponsor a program to enable local citizens 70 years and up from 8 surrounding communities to walk the cushioned track at the Dome for free this winter. Our Active, Healthy Living Program makes it possible for seniors to keep active, maintain their physical conditioning, and enjoy the unique environment the Dome offers during months of most challenging weather.

The program is available to residents of Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Lyndeborough, Mason, Milford, Mont Vernon and Wilton, starting January 2nd, 2018.




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