UPDATED: November 7, 2017




4 Cross Rd, Amherst, NH 03031

603 673-6248

Peabody Mill Environmental Center

66 Brook Road

603 673-1141

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: Tuesdays (December 5, 12, and 19) from 4:30-6pm

Fee: $15R/$20NR per session

Session 1- December 5 -Mad Engineers Heist

The Mad Engineer is up to is old tricks! This time he is threatening to wipe out everyone’s bank accounts and use the money for future evil deeds unless you prove you have what it takes to complete his challenge. It’s up to you to put the Mad Engineer in his place and foil his dastardly plan!

MakerStation: The Mad Engineer (Grades 4-8)

Turn household objects into interactive devices. Experiment with objects of different conductive properties. Learn simple circuits to become a Mad Engineer and create interactive monsters using Makey Makey Go. Participants will go home with a Makey Makey Go and ideas for future mad engineering.


Where: AMS Computer Lab 2

When: Saturday December 9 from 9am-12noon

Fee: $50R; $55NR (includes a $25 materials fee)

EngineersShop: Wearable Tech

Learn about the history of e-textiles then soft simple electric circuits using conductive thread, LED lights, batteries and fabric to create masks, bookmarks or ornaments with LED lights using LilyPad LED technology. Participants will stitch together a fuzzy bookmark to read in the dark, fun mask or holiday ornament. No previous sewing or circuitry experience required.


Who: Grades 2-8

Where: Amherst Makerspace Computer Lab 2

When: Saturday, December 16; 9am-12noon

Fee: $40R; $45NR (Includes a $15 materials fee)

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: Wed; 3:30-5 (11/8, 11/15, 11/29 and 12/6, 12/13, 12/20)

Where: AMS, Room TBA

Fee: $175R; $185NR

School Vacation Programs

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.

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

Where: PMEC

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 and Wednesday Afternoons

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!

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 ProgramsBasketball for Youth

Amherst Recreation offers basketball programs from ages 3-grade 6. Please click on your age group below for more information.


Ages 3-6 Start Smart Basketball

Grades 1-2 Hoops Program

Girls/Boys Grades Recreational Travel 3-4

Girls/Boys Grades Recreational Travel 5-6

Girls Grades 5-6 Competitive Travel

Boys Grades 3-6 Competitive Travel

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

Adult Fitness and Classes

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 starting 11/7

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


is a program designed specifically for women which encompasses nutrition, result-based workouts and mindfulness.

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.


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

Zumba for Adults

Join the millions of people that have decided that having fun and working out are not mutually exclusive!

Modern Rustic Holiday Trees

Learn how to plan angular cuts as well as how to make cuts when your boards are a bit too big for your saw. You’ll make 3 sizes of tree, approximately 5.25”, 7”, & 9.25” tall.


Who: Ages 18+

When: Saturday 12/9 10am - 1pm

Where: Amherst Makerspace Shop Room

Fee: $30 + $15 materials fee

All Ages

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

        $5/ Individual

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 dependent 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

What is 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.


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!




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