Winter Carnival 2019 @ PMEC

Join Us on Sunday Febuary 10th at PMEC for an afternoon of winter activities . Schedule below, but feel free to come and go as you please. No registration required!!!


Schedule of Events:

1-4pm: Warm up inside anytime with treats, both sweet and savory.

1-4pm: Make a craft for the birds, and one for your family!

1pm-1:30pm: Family Program, indoors upstairs in main room on top of staircase.

WINTER ADAPTATIONS - Led by a PMEC naturalist

1:30pm-2pm: Guided Hike -Story Walk Trail - easier/shorter hike with younger children and Scavenger Hunt

2pm-3pm: Campfire Stories/s’mores and hot coco by the pond

3-3:30pm: Family Program- meet in outdoor classroom behind PMEC

ANIMAL TRACKS - Led by a PMEC naturalist

3:30-4pm: Winter Shelter Making (Meet outdoors at Gaga Pit next to PMEC)

3-4pm: Guided Hike - Story Walk Trail (longer) for families wanting a little more!

4:00pm: Carnival End-Goodbye!



When: Sunday, February 10th

Where: PMEC (66 Brook Road)

Fee: Free Event

Adult Exercise

Snowshoe Yoga

Looking for a great way to get out of the house this winter? Then Snowshoe Yoga is for you! Join us for a snowshoe hike along the picturesque trails of PMEC, infused with mindfulness and yoga. Grab your friends and beat those winter blues! The class will consist of a 45 minute hike with some stops for meditation and asanas, followed by a 45 minute practice indoors in the lower level of the PMEC building.

The class is open to all levels of fitness and will be held on Sundays from 9-10:30am. Class will meet at the Kiosk in the PMEC parking lot promptly at 9am.  You will need comfortable warm layers, boots/hiking shoes, yoga clothing, yoga mat, water, snow shoes and micro spikes to fit over your boots on icy days.  Poles are optional.


Session 1 - January 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th

Session 2 - February 3, 10, 17th, and March 3rd (due to school vacation week)

True Potential

TRUE POTENTIAL is a program designed specifically for women which encompasses nutrition, result-based workouts and mindfulness. The workout is a high-intensity interval-based total body workout, which uses a cardio/strength/core format, ending with a moment of quiet reflection.


Three class times:

7:45-8:45am at PMEC on M/W/F

9:00-10:00am at PMEC on M/W/F

7:00-8:00pm at SHS on T/Th

New Sessions starting 1/7/19

Power Barre

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

This 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. Barre targets those hard to reach problem areas while leaving you feeling strong and healthy, and  is a great addition to any cardio regiment and very beneficial to runners looking to strengthen their leg and core muscles.


When:  Thursdays 9:30-10:30am

Where: Peabody Mill Environment Center (66 Brook Rd)

A minimum of 4 students will be needed for this class to be held

Not sure if this class is for you? Try the first class of the session for free (thank you for letting us know you will be in attendance by calling the office) and if you like it, register for the session before the next class!


New Session Starting 1/3 - 2/21

Yoga for Adults

We offer three class options for Adult Yoga with long-time instructor, Leslie Formby. Make time for yourself with exercise and mediation and choose the one that works for your schedule!


Tuesdays at PMEC, 8am-9:15am

Wednesdays at SHS, 6:30-7:45pm

Thursdays at PMEC, 8am-9:15am


Zumba® is a dance fitness program designed for all level of group exercise participants. All moves will be kept simple and engaging to keep you sweating and having fun.

Our instructor is Cheryl Sturt-Vail. She has 25 years experience with group exercise training and 10 with Zumba. She is able to break down all types of dance styles to make it easy for all people to enjoy and master.

Trips for Adults

Mom’s (and dads) On Mountains

Dust off those skis, “Moms (and dads) on Mountains” is back 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. We will be using our 14 passenger mini bus, which comes with plenty of room to store your ski equipment. Get your friends together for a mom’s (and dads) day out, and leave the driving to us! We will need a minimum of 8 passengers for the trip to run.

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


Program Details

Who: Adults 18+

What: Moms on Mountains

Where: Meet at Birch Park, 11 Baboosic Lake Road

When: See Schedule Below

Fee: See Fee Breakdown below

Trip Schedule:

- January 16 at Mt Snow

- February 13 at Loon Mountain

- March 13 at Mount Sunapee

*Prices include transportation ONLY, Lift tickets will need to be purchased separately through each individual mountain.

** Please Note: Return times are approximate.

Stearns-Davis Community Garden

The Stearns-Davis Community Garden were established at Joshua’s Park, 31 Courthouse Road, to maintain the traditional agricultural use and history of the Amherst Village.

Garden plots will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis with a $40 seasonal fee to cover maintenance and utilities of your 10’x20’ plot.

Schedule for 2019:

January 2-January 31

Gardeners that had a plot in 2018 and are in good standing are eligible to register for one 10’x20’plot.

February 1-28

Amherst residents only, gardening at Stearns-Davis Community Garden for the first time, may register for a single plot with Amherst Parks and Recreation in person, on the phone or online.


UPDATED: January 16. 2019




4 Cross Rd, Amherst, NH 03031

603 673-6248

Peabody Mill Environmental Center

66 Brook Road

603 673-1141

Boston Flower & Garden Show

The Boston Flower & Garden Show will return to the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston this March with the theme “The Beauty of Balance” which reflects on the soothing and stimulating effects of gardening. As another winter wanes, the exhibitors will inspire your plans for the season ahead with colorful gardens and floral artistry showcasing the latest design elements, popular food gardening trends, ideas for small-space gardens, homesteading hobbies, and family-friendly spaces for outdoor entertaining and relaxation.

Register Early..this trip will sell out fast!


Trip Details

Who: 18+

What: Boston Flower Show

When: Thursday, March 14th (depart Amherst at 9am; Depart Boston at 3pm)

Where: Boston, MA (meet at Walmart in Amherst, NH)

Fee: $28R; $38NR

(fee includes ticket/transportation, lunch is on your own)

Toddler Programs

Tiny Toes Dance

Join us on Friday mornings for Tiny Toes Dance! This program is open to boys and girls ages 3-5 and will give students an intro to dance. Located at PMEC. Let’s get groovy!


When: Fridays 10:15-11am

I Love Nature

Miss Nicole will be taking children outside to explore and learn about the natural world we live in. Children will begin each class with a craft project and then learn at circle time. And please join us for our optional weekly hike that begins at 10:00am, directly after class.


Who: Children ages 3-6

When:  Thursdays 9:00 AM- 9:45 AM

Youth Programs

Feb Vacation Trip to Mount Snow

Why not enjoy Snow during February Vacation? The ARDt is headed to Mt. Snow for a day of skiing and snowboarding. Our mini bus has plenty of room to store your gear for the drive. We will need a minimum of 8 participants to run the trip.


Who: Middle School & High School Skiers and Snowboarders

What: Ski Day during February Vacation

When: Monday, 2/25. 7AM- 5PM

Where: Meet at Birch Park. The bus leaves at 7 AM

Fee: $15R, $20NR

*Prices include transportation only. Lift tickets and any gear needs to be purchased/rented through the mountain

*Return times are approximate

Learn to Skate

During this 4 week program, your child will learn the fundamentals of ice skating. We are excited to help others learn to skate and hope they will enjoy the sport as much as we do! Lessons will focus on gaining balance and confidence on skates, skating forward and backward, turning, and learning to stop. Our goal is to move participants forward individually as each masters a new skill.

Please send your participant with ice skates or hockey skates, helmets, and warm winter clothes. Bike helmets work great.

February Vacation Backcountry Survival Skills

Have you ever wanted to learn how to survive the winter outdoors? Rachel and Olivia will be teaching the basics of backcountry survival skills with lessons including cooking (thanks to a wonderful donation from Jetboil), shelter building, hypothermia prevention and map reading. All middle schoolers are welcome to join this fun-focused program, no previous outdoor experience necessary. Please be prepared to spend time outside in the snow, by bringing appropriate clothing.

For some activities sleeping bags, sleeping pads, tarps, and tents will be used. If you are able to lend any of these items for the day, please note in your registration.

A minimum of 7 participants is needed to run this program.


Who: Grades 5-8

What: Introduction to Backcountry Skills: hiking, planning, safety, cooking, shelter building, and more!

Where: PMEC

When: Thursday, February 26th 8:30 AM- 4PM

Fee: $40R, $45NR

Fee Includes: Lessons for the day, hot chocolate, a snack. Please bring your own bagged lunch.

February Vacation - A Trip to Roll On America

Fill your day with Roller Skating, Laser Tag and Arcade Games at Roll ON American during February Vacation. We will provide transportation, admission, blade rentals, and laser tag. Be sure to bring money for arcade games and lunch. HERE is a link to the menu.


Who: Grades 5-8

What: Day of Blading, Laser Tag and Arcade Games at Roll ON America

Where: Meet at Birch Park at 9 AM, Pick Up at Birch Park at 4 PM *Estimated Return Time

When: Tuesday, February 26 2019,

9 AM-4 PM

Fee: $40R: $45NR

Fee Includes: Transportation to and from, Admission, Roller Blade Rentals, and Laser Tag

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!

Double Dare STEM Challenge

Calling All 3rd & 4th graders....

Come to PMEC and take the Double Dare Challenge. We will create teams (and make team tee-shirts) and compete against each other to see who can be the ultimate Double Dare champion!!

Answer STEM-based trivia questions and if you get them right earn points, but if you get them wrong you can dare the other team to answer or take the physical challenge! The winning team gets to compete in an ultimate outdoor obstacle course!

Transportation from Wilkins to PMEC provided by the Amherst Rec Department for an extra fee.


Who: Boys and Girls 3rd & 4th grade

What: Double Dare Challenge

Where: Peabody Mill Environmental Center

When: Friday, Feb 8th 3:30pm-5:30pm

Fee: $25.00:R $30.00:NR

Transportation from Wilkins to PMEC = $32.00


Please bookmark this page and check back often. Updates are posted periodically or soon after we receive them.

February Vacation Discovery Camp

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!


Who: Children in grades K-5

What: February Vacation Day Camp

Where: Peabody Mill Environmental Center

When: February 25- March 1, 2019; 8:30-4:00pm


Early Bird Special:

Resident Rates: $40 per day, $165. per week;

Non-Res Rates $60. per day $185. per week.

After Jan 31st Res: $50 per day, $205. for week;

Non Res: $70. per day, $225. for week.

Safe Sitter Babysitting Course

Safe Sitter® is a medically-accurate, up-to-date babysitting course that teaches young teens life and safety skills. This course includes a copy of The Official Safe Sitter®Babysitter’s Handbook for each registered participant which they will bring along on all accepted babysitting jobs.


Who: Boys and Girls ages 11-15

What: Safe Sitter® Babysitter training course

Where: PMEC- Moose Room

When: February 27th

Time: 9:30am - 3pm

Fee: $75R; $85NR

Spanish Workshops

Welcome to Senora Rowley’s Spanish Extra Curricular Workshop!

These before-school sessions will provide basics for beginners and challenge the more advanced student.

Who: 1st-4th graders

When: 7:55-8:25am Wed. 11/7-12/19

Where: Wilkins School, Classroom TBA

Learn to Play Ukulele

Has your child wanted to learn an instrument, but you aren’t sure you are ready to commit to the expense?

Robert Allwarden, the music specialist at Wilkins, is introducing a brand-new program with Amherst Parks & Recreation: Learn to play the Ukulele!!


Who: 2nd-4th Graders*

Where: After school at Wilkins

When: Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15

Adult Programs

Kitchen Cold Remedies

Looking to kick the cold season in a natural and convenient way? Come learn about the various culinary herbs that aid in fighting the common cold and that are found in your very own spice rack.

We’ll be taking a closer look at 8 common culinary herbs and spices, their medicinal properties, and ways to prepare them. We will dive into the best herbal preparation for each plant, whether it be a warm tea, herbal steam bath, or infused honey. Observing and sampling as we go along! Then we’ll roll up our sleeves and make Fire Tonic. Fire Tonic, better known as Fire Cider, is a traditional herbal cold remedy that is made infusing vinegar with powerful spices and vegetables.

Bring your hands and an open mind. All materials will be provided. Most of the herbs will be organic, depending on availability. *Please note that herbs in this recipe are VERY hot and spicy.


Who: 18+

Where: Amherst Makerspace

Session 1:

When: Thursday January 10th

Time: 7pm - 8:30pm

Session 2:

When: Saturday February 16th

Time: 10am - 11:30am

Winter Walking Program

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 Dome will be generally available for walking (except for during special events) from 11 AM until 2 PM weekdays. It will be important that you check the Daily Schedule or call in as there will be days we will not be able to open. For daily schedule or more questions visit (click the Daily Schedule Link at top left of page) and look for times when the track is “OPEN to All” or to call in to 673-8123 prior to coming out to the Dome.

Membership in the program is required and a free card to enable participation will be issued at the Dome on the first visit. A current driver’s license or official ID must be presented upon sign up.

Address: 34 Emerson Road • Milford, NH 03055 • (603) 673-8123 Email:

Weekly Card Games

Weekly Card Games have begun at Parkhurst Place on Thursdays at 1 PM. Feel free to join a group or bring your own cards and start a new one. This is an excellent way to meet people and be involved in a great community.


Who: Seniors

Where: Parkhurst Place, 11 Veterans Rd. Amherst

Fee: Free!

Parking: In the guest lot near the entry sign

**If school is closed due to bad weather, the card game session will be canceled as well

Full Moon Hikes

Come join us for a full moon hike led by a naturalist at PMEC! Fun activities along the trail for all ages. Have you ever hiked in the woods at night without a flashlight? If you are willing, we will give it a try! You will be amazed how well you can see in the full moonlight without one. Afterwards there will be hot cider or lemonade (depending on the season) around the fire, as well as stories to share.


Who: All Ages. Families welcome!

What: Full moon hike at PMEC

When: Times are dependent on season.

Where: Peabody Mill Environment Center. Meet at the pond next to the parking area.

Minimum of 6 participants required to run program.

Full Moon Hikes: Schedule


Hike at PMEC Sat. Jan 19th 5:30-7 PM

Amherst Makerspace

What is The Amherst Makerspace?

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. Our goal is to foster a highly collaborative learning environment that is excellent for individuals who learn best by doing and making, with like-minded people or self-directed.

Repair Cafe

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.

When: Third Thursday of every month, from 6-9pm





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