UPDATED: January 17, 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!

Outdoor Classic Ice Hockey Tournament

2018 Winter Carnival - 3 vs. 3 Hockey Tournament

Join us on Feb 11th at the AMS rink for a fun filled day on the ice for a 3 vs. 3 Outdoor Classic Hockey Tournament!!


* Open to boys and girls ages 6 - 14

* Two different levels - Novice and


* Focus on Fun!

* No goalies. Small hockey nets used.

* No contact, no slapshots, no lifting puck!

* Referee will ensure movement and fairness

   of play

* Each team must have coach/parent


* Games will be 20 minutes in duration

* Required gear: hockey helmet with cage,

  hockey gloves, stick and skates


What: Outdoor Classic Hockey Tournament

Where: Amherst Middle School Rink

When: February 11, 2018, 9am-1pm

Fee: $25.00 Per-Team

Winter Carnival at PMEC- 2018

It's that time again...Winter Carnival 2018! Brought to you by our very own PMEC educators. View schedule here!


Date: Saturday February 10 from 1pm-4pm at PMEC.  Feel free to come and go as you please. No registration required!!!

Community Garden 2018 Schedule:


January 2-January 31

Gardeners that had a plot in 2017 and are in good standing are eligible to register for one 10'x20' plot. Registration must be done in person or on the phone with Amherst Parks and Rec


February 1-28

Amherst residents only.


February 12

Second plots will be available to returning gardeners.

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 in January! from 4:30-6pm

Fee: $15R/$20NR per session

JR First Lego League

Get pumped for the FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. 2017/2018 season. In the AQUA ADVENTURESM Challenge, more than 40,000 children will navigate the uncharted waters of this important resource.


We will start a program once we have 4-6 registered. Dates/Times TBD by group.

3D Animation

The LOFTechnology 3D animation program uses Alice "an innovative programming environment to support the creation of 3D animations, providing tools and materials for teaching and learning computational thinking, problem solving, and computer programming across a spectrum of ages and grade levels.


Who: Grades 5-8

When: Tue; 3pm-4:30pm Starting January 16th

Where: AMS, Room TBA

Fee: $175R; $185NR

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

School 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


• Early Bird Fee:  Res: $35 per day, or $150 for the week; Non Res: $45 per day, or $165 for week

• Regular Fee:  Res: $45 per day, or $175 for week; Non Res: $55 per day, or $185 for week

Paint and Sip, For Kids!

Art & Nature at PMEC

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


Health and Fitness for 2018!

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


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!

Elderberry Syrup and Fire Tonic Workshop

Looking for a natural and healthy way to kick the cold season? Come prepared to roll up your sleeves and make your very own Elderberry Syrup and Fire Tonic.

You will leave the class with two mason jars of freshly made Elderberry Syrup and Fire Tonic, recipes, and the happy feeling of bringing something naturally amazing into your life and starting your very own apothecary.


Who: 18+

Where: Amherst Makerspace

When: January 21st 2018, 2-4 pm

Fee: $25 residents $30 non-residents

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

Little Flurries- Ice Skating

Learn to Skate...Toddler Style!

This is a 40 minute program for 4 weeks. During these sessions, young skaters will learn the basics of skating at an age appropriate level.


Who: Tots ages 3-5

Where: Davis Lane Ice Rink

When: Mondays starting January 8th-Feb 5th (no class on MLK Day)

Fee: $30R; $35NR

Ice Skating Story Time w/Amherst Town Library

Join your favorite Amherst Town library crew for story time on the Davis Lane ice rink! how cool! Bundle up, and head on down to Davis lane from 9:30-10am and skate with your friends/family. Then, head on back to the Amherst Town Library to warm up with some hot cocoa and some winter stories!


What: Ice Skating Story Time

Where: Davis Lane Ice Rink/Amherst Town Library

When: 9:30am (Tuesdays, Jan. 16th and Jan. 23rd)

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 and Wednesday Afternoons

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 (Apr18th & May30th) 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

Ukulele for Beginners

This first 4 week session will teach students basic chords and simple songs to play and sing. No prior knowledge is needed.


Who: 2nd-4th Graders

Where: After school at Wilkins Elementary

When: Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15

Fee: $75R, $85NR

Learn to Skate

During this 4 week program, Anna will teach the fundamentals of ice skating. She is excited to help others learn to skate and hopes they will enjoy the sport as much as she does!  Her lessons will focus on the gaining balance and confidence on skates, skating forward and backward, swiveling, learning to stop, and stroking.


Saturdays in January 2018


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.

Jazz for Juniors

Jazz for Juniors is for boys and girls, grades 1-4. This 6 week program will introduce children to the fundamentals of dance with a high concentration in jazz and hip hop.


Who: Boys and girls, grades 1-4

Where: Wilkins, Music Room

When: Wednesday's from 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Fee: $60R / $65NR

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.

Broomball for Middle School

Join the Amherst Recreation staff for an hour of broom ball after school! This 4 week program will consist of pick-up broom ball games for one hour afterschool.


Who: grades 5-8

Where: AMS Ice Rink

When: Wednesdays after school

Fee: $30R; $35NR

Intro to Youth Ice Hockey

We will be focusing on the FUNdamentals of beg/int. Ice hockey. This program will be taught by volunteer coaches and our Souhegan High School Varsity players.


Who: Boys and Girls grades 3-6

Where: AMS Ice Rink

When: starting 1/20 @10am

Fee: $35R; $45NR

All Ages

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!


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!

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:

- February 7 at Waterville ($15R;20NR)

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




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