UPDATED: October 15, 2017
4 Cross Rd, Amherst, NH 03031
Peabody Mill Environmental Center
66 Brook Road
Serving Tennis from age 6-80!
Amherst Recreation has partnered with SHS JV Tennis Coach Rick Katzenberg to bring youth and adult tennis lessons to Amherst. Our instructors have been trained by the USTA on how to properly introduce tennis at the youth level, as well as how to adapt to teaching at a higher intensity for adults at varying skill levels. We just finished week 2 of the fall sessions, and it has been a blast. With over 60 youth players involved since August, the youth program consists of 1 practice day a week, and 1 hr of match play on Saturdays. Our adult programs are also consistently full, as we offer both beginner and intermediate levels for ages 18 and up. If you are interested in joining or learning more about this new program, please visit our website! A few spots are still open.
Thank you to our wonderful tennis instructors for bringing Amherst this great new program!
Sign Up NOW to Reserve Your Crotched Youth Season Pass!
This year Crotched is offering youth season passes at a discounted rate:
Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride Youth Season Pass for $349. Pass is good for Crotched Mt. only.
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
Prices are only valid until November 15th!!
Doors on the Green
It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Amherst.... It’s Halloween!
The Amherst Makerspace will be selling 10 x 10 spaces on the green for residents to set up and distribute candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween night.
Where: Village Green, Amherst NH
When: Tuesday, October 31st (set up at 3pm, clean up by 8pm)
Fee: $15R/$20NR for space or $25R/$30NR for door/space.
Winter Solstice Lantern Walk
Join Miss Nicole in a solstice Lantern walk at PMEC! This can be a family event, or can be done individually. Come and celebrate the time of year when days are shortest, and nights are longest, heralding increasing hours of daylight.
Who: All Ages- (Parents will help young children make their lanterns)
When: Wednesday Dec. 20th; 4:30-6PM
Fee: $10/ Family
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.
Thursday Night Lights is Back!
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.
Who: Grades 1-8
When: Thursdays, 1/4-2/8
Where: Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride
Time: Students return to Wilkins School at 8:10pm
Transportation: $60 (includes transportation to and from Crotched Mountain for 6 weeks.)
NEW this year!! Student Lift Card Perks-FREE SEASON PASS
Once participants have completed their (5) scheduled program outings, they will be eligible for a complimentary Explorer Youth Season Pass, valid Feb 20, 2018 through closing day at any of the seven Peak Resorts ski areas (Attitash Mountain Resort NH, Big Boulder PA, Crotched Mountain NH, Hunter Mountain NY, Jack Frost PA, Mount Snow VT and Wildcat NH).
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
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 10:15-11am
Fee: $30R; $35NR
Start Smart Basketball- Ages 3-6
Our start smart basketball program is one of our most consistently popular programs, and continues to be coached by terrific instructors. We often have a waiting list, so sign up early!
Saturday Mornings, starting in January!
Yoga Motion- Yoga for Tots!
A regular yoga practice benefits the body, mind and spirit. In this 45 minute class designed for little, active bodies, children will experience yoga through movement, traditional poses, stories, games and age appropriate quiet reflection.
What: Yoga for Tots
When: Tuesdays from 9-9:45am
Where: Peabody Mill Environmental Center
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
Basketball for Youth
Amherst Recreation offers basketball programs from ages 3-grade 6. Early Bird Hoops Registration ends 11/7/2017. A $25.00 late fee will be assessed on any registration after that date until teams are formed. Please click here for Pre-Season Clinic info, or on your age group below for more information.
Ages 3-6 Start Smart Basketball
Ukulele for Beginners
This 4 week session will teach students basic chords and simple songs to play and sing. No prior knowledge is needed. All instructional materials will be provided, including ukuleles during instruction. If the students want to practice at home, they will need their own ukulele.
Who: 2nd-4th Graders
Where: After school at Wilkins Elementary
When: Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15
Nov. 13th No School FUN Day
Join our impressive PMEC staff for a day of non-stop camp fun! Camp counselors, along with our PMEC coordinator(s) will be providing camp activities throughout the day. There will be outdoor games, art, group games, and time to enjoy friends.
Spaces are limited and will fill, so please register early!
Prices increase by $15 after 10/24!
Who: Children in grades K-5
Fee: Res: $40 per day, Non Res: $45 per day
Fall XC Team
Learn how to love running with our fabulous coaches and Cross Country program! This program will emphasize learning how to run cross country and include trail running. The program is open to athletes ages 7-18.
Messy Science Classes-Ages 9-12
Ever wanted to explore the world of science with your child, but didn’t want the mess?! Join Miss Laurie for a whirl wind of messy, slimey, slopey experiments. Subjects include but are not limited to: Reactions, Polymers, Newton’s Third Law, Science Behind Dry Ice, Electricity, and more!
When: Thursdays, November 2, 9, and 16 from 1-2pm
Where: PMEC, Lab Room
Fee: $40R; $45NR (Includes a $10 materials fee)
2D Game Maker
Create your own Mario-style video game with custom levels, players, sounds, and an epic boss! The only limit is your imagination.
Who: Grades 5-8
Where: Amherst Middle School Computer Lab
When: Wednesdays (9/20- 10/25) 6 weeks
Fee: $165R; $170NR
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.
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.
These before-school sessions will provide basics for beginners and challenge the more advanced student. Class time will include grammar, phonics, pronunciation and occasional worksheets. Learning will incorporate familiar stories, songs and music.
Who: 1st-4th graders
When: 7:55-8:25am Wednesdays 11/1-12/20
Where: Wilkins School, Classroom TBA
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.
Basketball Pre Season Clinic
Get ready for your 2017-/18 basketball season with a pre-season clinic this fall. During these 4 sessions, players will sharpen all overall basketball fundamentals. We will focus on proper footwork, improving dribbling skills, being strong with the basketball, defensive principals and getting plenty of shots up.
Who: Boys and Girls Grades 3-5
When: Girls Wed from 6-7:30; Boys Thurs from 6-7:30
Fee: $30R; $35NR
Tony Barksdale Memorial Basketball Clinic
Join the Souhegan Sabers basketball team and coach Mike Heaney for the Tony Barksdale Memorial Basketball Clinic. This clinic will be held for players and coaches to jump start the basketball season.
Who: Girls and Boys Grades 1-8
When: Saturday, November 4th
Times: 9:30am-10:45am grades 1-4
11-12:30pm grades 5-8
Fee: $25 (proceeds benefit the Tony Barksdale Memorial Fund)
Watercolor Fundamentals for Middle School
This class will introduce you to the basics of watercolor through experiments with color, consistency, mediums, additives, tools and technique. We will begin to build an Artist’s Notebook, which is like a lab book that scientists use, but for paint.
Fee: $60 per 4 class session
When: 3pm–4:30pm Mondays 10/23, 10/30, 11/6 & 11/20.
Who: Grades 5 - 8
Adult Fitness and Activities
Trails Always Open
Join us as we explore the beautiful trails of Joe English Reservation. This group is open to anyone that loves the outdoors and is looking for some local adventure. Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned hiker come meet others that share the same interest in getting outside. Hike will be guided.
Who: 18 years +
What: Hiking Group
When: Wednesdays Oct 4th - Nov 8th 9:00-10:00a.m.
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.
New session start in September! 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)
Tennis Lessons for Adults
Join us on the courts for adult tennis lessons!
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 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.
NEW!! Learn to Knit
Amherst Recreation is thrilled to be partnering with Twill this fall for a learn to knit program. Each class will meet for 3 weeks. Supplies are included with the program fee, needles are yours to keep!
When: Wednesdays from 6-7:30pm at the Amherst Rec Dept.
Projects consist of: Stylish Cowl, Finger-less Gloves, and a Hat
DIY Woodshop Home Decor
Working with power tools can be intimidating, but learning the safe way to operate them opens up a world of DIY and custom décor. This class is part of a series to introduce you to the most commonly used tools for those special projects.
Who: Ages 18+
Where: Amherst Makerspace
When: Saturdays (see website for more info)
C25K- Couch to 5k
Rise and Run! Join us for an 8 week Couch 2 5K program, led by coach Sarah Barrett. This widely used program is successful because of its gentle introduction to getting the body moving.
When: T/TH 6am-6:45am
Where: SHS Track
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-Anything Goes, the Musical
We are heading to the Palace theater on Thursday, November 9th! Join us as we spend a night out for dinner and a live show. We will depart the Walmart Parking lot in Amherst, NH at 4pm and head to the Farm for dinner at 4:45pm. Once we are through, we will head to the Palace theater for a 7:30pm show.
When: Thursday, November 9th
Where: Palace Theater
Fee: $50R; $55NR
Trip- Castle in the Clouds, Holiday Edition
We welcome guests to enjoy a Rustic Christmas at the Lucknow Estate, at the Castle in the Clouds. The Lucknow Estates, located at the infamous Castle in the Clouds, is getting ready for the holiday season! Come join us a we walk through over 60 rooms of beautifully decorated holiday cheer.
Who: Ages 18+
Where: Moultonborough, NH (Meet at Walmart Parking lot in Amherst)
When: Sunday, November 19th. Meet at 9:30am
Fee: $34R; $39NR