Youth Programs

Sandlot Lacrosse

Dust the sticks off and get your helmet and pads out for some spring lacrosse. This Recreational Lacrosse program is geared for the 5th and 6th grade boy who wants to improve on their skills with drills in an informal format. The program will include practices a couple times a week and a plan is being set in place to scrimmage a couple organizations with similar programs. This Recreational program is geared towards those who just want to get out and play Lacrosse. It is not meant to be a competitive “travel style” program. If you are looking for more than Sand Lot Lacrosse, we recommend you join one of the private lacrosse clubs in the area.

Participants will need to have their own stick and protective equipment including, helmet, mouth guard, shoulder pads, gloves, arm pads, cleats, and a cup. Practices will start when fields become available (mid-April).

Who: Boys 5th-6th grade

When: Practices starting in mid-April

Days: Mondays and Wednesdays

Time: 5:30pm - 7pm

Cost: $65 Res, $75 Non Res

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

Youth Softball

Come join girls ages 5-12 on the softball diamond. Practices will be held Monday-Friday in the evenings with weekend and some weekday games. Please see below for information on specific age groups, including season dates and late fees.

Shirts are provided for all levels. Grey uniform pants and socks (for rookies, minors and majors) are participants’ responsibility. Amherst Rec Department provides a variety of bats for each team.

Youth Baseball

Batter up! Baseball is open for players 5-15 years old. Practices will be held Monday - Friday in the evenings with weekend games. Older ages will have weekday games as well. Please see below for information on specific groups including season dates and late fees.

Shirts and hats are provided for all levels. Grey uniform pants and socks (for rookies, minors and majors) are participants’ responsibility. Amherst Rec Department provides a variety of bats for each team, but if you want to purchase your own, please check out the baseball bats approved by Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken League HERE.

Screenings were on March 9th and more information was sent out closer to the date. All players are required to attend screenings.

Baseball divisions are based on participant’s age on April 30, 2019.

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!

Adult Exercise

Barre & Pilates

Pilates is a full body-conditioning program comprised of a series of approximately 500 designed movements performed primarily on a mat. Pilates improves strength, flexibility, balance, control and muscular symmetry. The rhythmic exercises promote elongated and toned muscles, and are noted for developing abdomen, lower back and buttocks strength, and create a strong body core.   This pilates mat class fuses classical principles and a more contemporary athletic approach to produce noticeable results through more challenging moves. You’ll leave feeling accomplished, energized and worked head to toe.

When: Tuesdays 9:30-10:30am

Where: PMEC, 66 Brook Road


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, Saturdays 8:30-9:30am

Where: Peabody Mill Environment Center (66 Brook Rd)

Choose the Barre/Pilates Combo and receive a two class discount!

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

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

Trip to the Red Sox

Enjoy an evening out at Fenway Park and leave the driving to us. We will head into Boston to watch the 2018 World Series Champions. There will be time for you to get a bite to eat and enjoy the pre-game activities. Seats are limited so please register early. Seats are located in section 24 row 12.

Participants must be comfortable walking 5 city blocks to participate on this trip.

Who: Families and Individuals (Kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult)

When: On the Rec website,

Game Time: 7:10pm

Departure Time: 3:30pm, Meet at Birch Park, 11 Baboosic Lake Road

Fee:$95 Res $110 Non Res

(Fee includes Ticket and Transportation)

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

Adult Programs

Ukulele For Adults

Why let the kids have all the fun?

Robert Allwarden, Music Specialist at Wilkins Elementary and local performer, will introduce adults to the basics of Ukulele!

Participants will learn the basic chords and receive sheet music with simple songs to begin playing. No prior knowledge is necessary, but if you have a beginning knowledge of ukulele, you are welcome to join us!

All materials will be provided, including ukuleles. If you have one, bring it along, but if you do not, he has plenty to lend. If you wish to practice at home, you will need your own instrument.

Instruction will take place at Souhegan High School. Please meet him in the Annex Conference room, located on the second floor of the Annex, room number #222.

We need a minimum of 5 students, with a maximum of 15.

Who: Adults

When: Tuesdays, 3/26-4/30

Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Fee $75 R, $85 NR

Winter Walking Program

Welcome to a collaborative effort between tabletop gamers and makers in their element. Join us for a day of gaming!

Morning session 10am-1pm

Break for lunch 1pm-2pm

Afternoon session 2pm - 5pm

(Price includes both sessions)


Definition of Tabletop Miniature Wargaming:

Miniature wargaming is a form of wargaming which incorporates miniature figures, miniature armor and modeled terrain as the main components of play and which was first invented at the beginning of the 19th century in Prussia. Like other types of wargames, they can be generally considered to be a type of simulation game, generally about tactical combat, as opposed to computer and board wargames which have greater variety in scale.

Game masters will have larger than life “board” games setup depicting History, Fantasy and Science Fiction. Many of the terrain elements you will see on these boards can be (and some were) made right here in the Makerspace! If this event gains popularity We may add some workshops, round tables and presentations at future game days.

Who: All ages

When: Saturday, March 30th, 2019

Where: Amherst Makerspace at the Amherst Middle School

Fee: $5 residents, $10 non-residents

Fee Includes: Admission to both the morning and afternoon gaming sessions, tours of the Makerspace, all materials, knowledge from game masters

Weekly Card and Domino 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.

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


Baboosic Lake Town Beach

We are Hiring

The Amherst Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting applications for Summer Staff Positions. These positions include: Camp Counselors, Lifeguards, Gate Guards, and Concessions Staff. Applicants must be able to work nights and weekends. Preference will be given to staff who can commit to schedules and have minimal summer vacations between June 10th and August 16th. The Town Of Amherst is an EOE. To apply, fill out application by following the link. You can call or email Recreation Director Craig Fraley at or 603-673-6248.

Summer Camps

Half day and Full Day options available.

Outdoor Discovery Mini Camp

Sparking joy, creativity and curiosity through exploring the natural world. Hands-on discovery through the senses for ages 4-5. Nature based crafts each day. Campers will take part in various activities, sports, crafts, and water play geared around a new theme each week!

Who: Ages 4&5

What: 8:30am-12:30pm

Where: PMEC

When: Week 1 6/17-6/21

      Week 2 6/24-6/28

      Week 3 7/1-7/5

(NOTE: There is No Program on July 4th)

      Week 4 7/8-7/12

      Week 5 7/15-7/19

      Week 6 7/22-7/26

Outdoor Discovery Camp

This summer, Outdoor Discover Camp is excited to offer a fun-filled camp focused on exploring the great outdoors and encouraging an appreciation for the natural environment. Amy Hull, PMEC Coordinator and her fun, creative staff is looking forward to making 2019 the most memorable summer ever!

Outdoor Discovery Camp is committed to exploring and creating lots of outside fun! Each day, campers will take part in various activities, sports, hiking, crafts, and water play geared around that week’s theme.

Who: Entering grades 1-8

What: Outdoor Discovery Camp, M-F 9-4pm (extended care is also available)

Where: Peabody Mill Environmental Center

When: June 17th - August 9th

Baboosic Lake Summer Camp

Are you ready for a summer of craziness, memories and laughs. Each day campers will be greeted by our energetic counselors and have the opportunity to play a variety of games, swim and make a craft with their friends. Special events are planned in conjunction with our weekly themes to round out the summer of fun. Whether it be building a cardboard boat, cooking pancakes over and open fire, weaving a friendship bracelet or a camper/counselor tug o war match, be prepared for goofy, super fun, days with high-energy activities at Baboosic Lake Summer Camp!

Who: Grades 1-8

When: June 17-August 9th

Where: Baboosic Lake Town Beach

Time: 9am - 3pm (extended day options available.)

Adventure Teen Camp

Our ever popular Adventure Teen Camp (ATC) is back for its 4th year! This time with the addition of even more adventures!

New this summer we will be offering 2 week sessions, each session providing a unique experience. The sessions will be offered to rising 8th & 9th graders. Sign up for 1 session or BOTH! Campers will have fun with friends, all the while enhancing their community service skills, building stronger relationships, and being a part of a rewarding camp experience. This camp is based on leadership and management skills that will prepare teens for the future.

Who: Rising 7th - 9th graders

Where: Based out of PMEC


Session #1 July 22 – August 2

Session #2 Aug 5 – Aug 16

Leap Up! Dance Camp

Step out of the sunlight and into the spotlight…get ready to dance with us this summer! During this week-long dance camp, campers will be introduced to various styles of dance including Funky Jazz, Contemporary, Hip/Hop, Classic Jazz, Modern/Improv and more. Every day will consist of a morning warm up, technique, and choreography. Campers will end each day with a new fun routine! Daily options are also available as space allows. Campers should arrive by 9am ready to move. Pick up is promptly at 1pm. Please have your camper(s) wear comfortable clothing that they are able to move in with hair pulled back. Jeans/baggy clothing should be avoided. Layered attire recommended.

Campers of all skill level welcome!

Who: Boys and Girls Rising Grades 1-5

What: Leap Up! Dance Camp

When: July 8-July 12

Time: 9am-1pm

Where: AMS Café

Fee: Daily: $40R; $50NR

Weekly: $135R; $145NR

Cheer Camp

Are you ready to jump, cheer, dance and stunt? Have fun learning and improving on the fundamentals of cheer leading at the Amherst Rec Cheer Camp. This camp is for kids who want to learn more about cheer as well as current cheerleaders. Local staff teaches creative dances, cheers, partner stunts, proper safety and technique, and more! Instruction is age appropriate with a focus on fun. This spirited camp provides the participants with camp T-shirt, cheer bow and a certificate of completion if registered by June 1st. Join the fun and cheer it up!

Who: Campers: entering grades 1-6/ CIT’s: entering grades 7-8

Where:  AMS Flat Fields #4

When: June 17-June 21 from 9am-2pm

Fee: Campers: $125R; $135NR/ CIT: $75R; $85NR

Baboosic Lake info and Season Pass Options

Baboosic Lake Town Beach is the place to be during the summer in Amherst. Families or individuals can take advantage of our beautiful waterfront by swimming, boating, picnicking or eating lunch at the Snack Shack. Purchasing a Baboosic Lake Season Pass allows users the ease of entering the beach without having to carry money with you and also provides huge savings for the amount of days you or your family will be spending at the beach. Non-resident pass holders are allowed access to the beach during weekends and holidays as well.

Baboosic Lake offers kayak and paddle board rentals as well. We also have 12 spaces for seasonal boat storage that is close the the water’s edge.


UPDATED: March 19. 2019




4 Cross Rd, Amherst, NH 03031

603 673-6248

Peabody Mill Environmental Center

66 Brook Road

603 673-1141

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