UPDATED: October 1, 2018




4 Cross Rd, Amherst, NH 03031

603 673-6248

Peabody Mill Environmental Center

66 Brook Road

603 673-1141

Doors On The Green

The Amherst Makerspace will be renting undecorated doors and 10 x 10 spaces on the Amherst Green for Halloween-loving groups or individuals to participate in the great event that is Halloween in Amherst! Halloween is always celebrated on October 31st.

You may rent a door and a space, or rent just the space and provide your own door. Decorate your door and space however you choose, in the spirit of this family-friendly holiday.  All items other than the doors (if rented) must be provided by the participant and removed at the end of the night. Candy for Trick or Treaters is an expectation for this event. You can expect an average of 1000 visitors!

Doors will be available for pickup before the event if you wish to decorate your door prior to October 31st. Otherwise, rented doors will be set up and on the Amherst Green ready to decorate by 3pm on the 31st. Trick or Treating ends at 8pm, and all spaces need to be cleaned of everything but the rented doors, which will be picked up.


Businesses are welcome to participate. We ask that you decorate your door in the spirit of the holiday and pass out candy. You are welcome to also pass out business cards or fliers with the Halloween treats.

Returning this year!

Join us for the first ever..Toddler Trick or Treat! Our youngest Trick or Treaters are invited to the Green at 5pm at a special time just for them. The Green will have better light and be less crowded, making it ideal for the little ones!

Prize Awarded!

A 3 month family membership to the Amherst Makerspace will be awarded to the “Best Decorated Door.” Doors will be judged at5:45pm.

Who:   Anyone!

What:   Halloween Doors on the Village Green

Where: Village Green, Amherst NH (GPS address 2 Main Street)

When:  Tuesday, October 31st (set up at 3pm, clean up by 8:30pm)

Fee:   $25/$30NR for space with a door

          $15R/$20NR for space alone (you

          provide your own door)

Proceeds go back to the Amherst Makerspace

The deadline to rent a door is Friday, October 27th. Questions? Would you like to help? Wish to join the committee? Please email Marcel at oin


Crotched Mountain Ski/Ride Programs and Passes

Tuesday Night Lights – Youth Season Passes for Sale


There is nothing like getting out of school and heading to the mountain for an afternoon/evening of skiing and snowboarding. Students will be picked up from Wilkins Elementary School or AMS and driven to Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride in Bennington NH. Students will have the opportunity to rent equipment, take a lesson and have some free skiing time before heading back to Wilkins School by 8:10pm.

Chaperones Needed:  Parents are more than welcome to chaperone on this program. If you are not a snow sports kind of person, we can still use you in the lodge or at the bottom of the slopes. If you are a skier or snowboarder, we would love to have you join us on the mountain.

Who: Grades 1-8

When: Tuesdays, 1/15-2/12

Where: Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride

Time: Students return to Wilkins School at 8:10pm

Transportation: $55 (includes transportation to and from Crotched Mountain for 5 weeks.)

Crotched Mountain is offering youth season passes at a discounted rate!


Crotched Mountain Only Youth Pass -

This is a great gift from a parent who doesn’t want to ski or schlep their kids over to Mount Snow. These passes are only for sale through ARD’s program. Total price: $349


Youth Explorer Season Pass-

Retail value of $599. Sign up using Amherst Parks and Rec code and save $200!

7 Mountains to choose from and no black outs dates! Total price: $399!! (visit site for discount code, prices valid until 11/15/18)

Youth Programs

Tot Soccer

Our program is offered to 3-5 year olds who will be introduced to the basic building blocks of soccer including dribbling, passing and kicking skills through games and activities appropriate for their age group. Participants will learn the fundamentals of the game while having fun in an age-appropriate environment.

Wednesdays at 1pm

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

Basketball For Youth

Don’t miss out on the opportunity for skill development, team building, fun and exciting weekly games! Please note that the start date for practices & games, date of the last game and the game/practice locations are tentative and may change based on the number of teams we field, gym availability and the weather. Weather permitting, all games will be completed by February school vacation with the exception of all Travel Basketball.

Divisions will include:

1st & 2nd Grade Recreation Hoops

3rd & 4th Grade Recreation Hoops

3rd & 4th Grade Travel Basketball

5th & 6th Grade Recreation Hoops Travel

5th & 6th Grade Competitive Travel Basketball


Trip to The Strategy Zone

Amherst Recreation will be traveling to “The Strategy Zone” Outdoor Laser Tag Combat, on November 5th for a fun day out of school! During this “No School day”, Amherst Recreation staff will transport participants to and from The Strategy Zone. All participants will be supervised by the Amherst Recreation Staff.

What is outdoor laser tag?

At the Strategy Zone, you will have the opportunity to be a part of a live combat simulation. Outdoor laser tag is a fun twist on indoor laser tag. It is similar to paintball, but without the actual paintball “wounds!” All simulations are organized using high-tech laser equipment. Participants will be outside for the entire program. Sound fun? Come on down and give it a try!

Program Details

Who: Boys and Girls grades 5 and up

Where: Meet at the front of AMS parking lot at 9am,

pick up at AMS at 4pm

When: Monday, November 5th from 9am-4pm

Fee: $40/$45 (includes roundtrip transportation and ticket to “The Strategy Zone”)

Safe Sitter

Why take a safe sitter 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.

Program Details

Who: Boys and Girls ages 11-15 (must be 11 by the start date of the program)

What: Safe Sitter® Babysitter training course

Where: PMEC- Moose Room

When: Tuesday, November 6th

Time: 9:30am - 3pm

Fee: $75R; $85NR

--Course includes a participation manual, all necessary tests, and a graduation certificate after the course has been completed

--A minimum of 5 participants is needed to run each course.

Pumpkin Fairy Home Creation

There’s magic in the air.... Fairy pumpkin magic! Join in the fun of transforming pumpkins into magical houses!

This once-a-year special event is not to be missed!! Ordinary pumpkins will be transformed into delightful glowing fairy houses. Items to decorate the inside and outside will be found in nature: twigs, acorns, milkweed pods and other items. Creators will take their masterpiece home in time for Halloween.

Bring Your Own Pumpkin, no larger than 12-14” round is ideal to carve and scoop out. Short, squat pumpkins work best. Keep it in the house the night before to warm up the inside so scooping it out is a more pleasant experience:) Work shirt or smock suggested.

NOTE: An adult (parent or guardian) must be present and ready to help with class

A minimum of 10 participants is needed to run this class

Who: Ages 5-15 year old

What: Fairy & Gnome House Building

When: Sunday Oct 21st from 1-4:30

Where: PMEC

Fee: $30R; $35N

German Workshops for Beginners

Welcome to Frau Clark’s German Workshop! Frau Clark is a German speaking American Citizen born in Germany. She has previously taught German to children at Wilkins School and Amherst Middle School.

These before-school sessions will provide the basics for the beginning student. Class time will include grammar, phonics, pronunciation and occasional worksheets. Learning will incorporate common phrases, the German alphabet, games and FUN!!

Who: 1st-4th graders

Where: Wilkins School, Classroom TBA

When: 7:55- 8:25AM Thursdays

German Workshop

*Classes are held before school (7:55-8:25am) at Wilkins School.

*A 2 hour delayed start to the school day will delay the start of class by the same amount of time. (If school will start at 10:25, class will begin at 9:55)

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

Creepy Crawly Science at PMEC

Halloween is much more than just candy! It is full of creepy science!

Bring your mad-scientist lab coat or witch’s hat and learn how to bubble your cauldron, make a “ghost” hand, create your very own slime, hold a bubble, and create smoke rings out of ice and water. Anything is possible with a little science!

Who: Preschool and Homeschool students

When: Tuesday, October 30th

Where: Peabody Mill Environment Center

Ages 3-6: 9:30-10:30am

Ages 6-12: 10:45-11:45am

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!


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Adult Programs

Scandinavian Gnome Making

A Gnome, Tomte or Tomtenisse is a creature from the Scandinavian folklore.

He/she lives in the house or in the barn and secretly act as your guardian.

If treated well they will protect you!

Please join Katarina Viebke for a magical and fun night of creating these lovable Gnomes. Katarina is a native of Sweden and has lived in Amherst for over 3 years. She is excited to share her talent for making adorable Gnomes.

The Gnomes are made of Swedish grey sheepskin, felt hat, and body from wood. Each person will make 2 gnomes, all materials are included in the price. These adorable creatures make fabulous gifts... just in time for the holidays!

A minimum of 6 is required to run this class

Who: Adults

When: Tue Oct 30th 6:30-8:00pm

Where: PMEC, Lab Room

Fee: $45.00 resident, $50.00-non resident

Hiking and Yoga in Nature

Get ready for a fun and active morning of hiking, yoga and meditation. Build strength, endurance, flexibility and balance while exploring nature and finding peace in the outdoors.

The class will consist of a 45 minute guided kike on the PMEC trails with some stops for meditation and asanas, leading back to the pond for a 45 minute outdoor guided practice.

Class will meet at the kiosk in the PMEC parking lot at 9am on Sundays!

Power Barre & Cardio Barre

Coming in October...

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: Tuesday mornings 9:30-10:30 AM

Cardio Barre is a unique, high energy/no impact exercise class that combines barre work and light weights with continual fat burning motion and cardio blasts. Central to the workout are toning and resistance exercises for the butt, legs, torso, core and arms to sculpt muscles and elongate the appearance of your body.  It is a great combination of strength and cardio conditioning that allows you to get everything you need in just an hour workout.

When: Thursday Mornings 10-11am

Tennis for Adults

Join us on the courts for adult tennis lessons! These lessons are for Beginner and/or Intermediate players. Please bring your own racquet and we will supply the tennis balls.

Who: Adults 18 and up

Where: Davis Lane Tennis Courts

When: Visit website

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

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

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.

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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