UPDATED: November 18, 2018
4 Cross Rd, Amherst, NH 03031
Peabody Mill Environmental Center
66 Brook Road
Holiday Treats for the Family
Deck the Trails
Deck the trails with boughs of holly… or anything that would help spread the holiday cheer!
This holiday season join The Amherst Parks & Recreation Department and The Amherst Conservation Commission and help us decorate trees on the Joe English Reservation.
On the weekend of November 17th find a tree along a Joe English Reservation trail and decorate it however you’d like. Simple or speculator, we’ll leave the decorating to you. Decorating starts November 17th. From there individuals, families or groups are invited to go out and find the decorated trees throughout the reservation, take a selfie and post it on Instragram or facebook with #deckthetrees. Prizes will be awarded to those who find the most trees and also the best decorated tree.
Participants are responsible for finding the right tree, decorating the tree and taking decorations down by Sunday, January 6th.
Who: All Ages
What: Deck The Trails - Tree decorating on the Joe English Trails at PMEC
When: November 17th - January 1st
Where: Any trail on the Joe English Reservation, 66 Brook Rd Amherst, NH 03031
Family Holiday Gift Making with the Makerspace
Who doesn’t love handmade gifts? Head over to the Makerspace to create your own, or just keep them for yourself! Materials and instruction will be provided for creations for all ages, and every member of the family can bring home their own project. See below for a list of projects that will be available.
Cookie Decorating, Handprint Tree Artwork, Snowman Decorations, Personalized Laser cut Picture Frames, Bath Bombs, and more!
Who: all ages
Where: Makerspace, Amherst Middle School
When: Saturday December 15th, 1 PM – 4 PM
Fee: $5 per person/ gift
Fee Includes: Materials and instructions to create gifts, supervision and help from experts
Trips for Adults
Mom’s (and dads) On Mountains
Dust off those skis, “Moms (and dads) on Mountains” is back 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. We will be using our 14 passenger mini bus, which comes with plenty of room to store your ski equipment. Get your friends together for a mom’s (and dads) day out, and leave the driving to us! We will need a minimum of 8 passengers for the trip to run.
Please Note: You do not need to be a Mom to participate! Dads are welcome too!
Who: Adults 18+
What: Moms on Mountains
Where: Meet at Birch Park, 11 Baboosic Lake Road
When: See Schedule Below
Fee: See Fee Breakdown below
- January 16 at Mt Snow
- February 13 at Loon Mountain
- March 13 at Mount Sunapee
*Prices include transportation ONLY, Lift tickets will need to be purchased separately through each individual mountain.
** Please Note: Return times are approximate.
Ugly Sweater Brewery Tour
Join Barley and Hops and Amherst Parks and Rec for a night of beer and holiday cheer! The mini bus is back for a multi-stop brewery tour throughout Southern New Hampshire. We will explore the history, brewing techniques and samples of Able, Long Blue Cat, 603 and Great North. Please don your ugliest Christmas sweaters and prepare for a day full of memories.
Where: Meet at Barley and Hops, 614 Nashua St, Milford, NH 03055
When: Saturday December 1st, Time: 11:30 AM
Fee: $30 Residents, $40 Non-Residents
Round trip transportation
Water and Snacks on the shuttle
A cooler to keep your purchases cold
Tour guide to give you more information about beer, and the brewing culture in Southern NH
Boston Flower & Garden Show
The Boston Flower & Garden Show will return to the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston this March with the theme “The Beauty of Balance” which reflects on the soothing and stimulating effects of gardening. As another winter wanes, the exhibitors will inspire your plans for the season ahead with colorful gardens and floral artistry showcasing the latest design elements, popular food gardening trends, ideas for small-space gardens, homesteading hobbies, and family-friendly spaces for outdoor entertaining and relaxation.
Register Early..this trip will sell out fast!
What: Boston Flower Show
When: Thursday, March 14th (depart Amherst at 9am; Depart Boston at 3pm)
Where: Boston, MA (meet at Walmart in Amherst, NH)
Fee: $28R; $38NR
(fee includes ticket/transportation, lunch is on your own)
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
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Start Smart Basketball
“Start Smart Programs, created by the National Alliance for Youth Sports, help kids get ready for sports…and succeed in life. It is an innovative step-by-step approach that builds confidence and self-esteem in a fun and safe sports environment.”
This once a week program is an opportunity for children to be introduced to the game of basketball with the support and presence of a parent. Sessions will last one hour for six weeks. Skills will build with every session and exercises will become more challenging as the program progresses.
We have divided the groups into 3 & 4 year olds and 5 & 6 year olds. Each participant will receive an individual manual highlighting the skills that will be developed though pictures and text.
There is a maximum of 12 participants in each group.
Holiday Gift Making Party
Come make your own nature based gifts for your family and friends. There will be three crafts to make and share. We will be making homemade wrapping paper, so they will come home be ready for the holidays! All materials are provided. First session for ages 3-6, second session for grades 1-4.
A minimum of 4 participants are needed to run this program.
Who: Ages 3-10
What: Holiday Craft Party
Where: Peabody Mill Environmental Center
When: Tuesday, December 11th
Fee: $15R; $20NR
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. Meet upstairs at PMEC to create your very own lantern. We will then set out on an inspirational walk around the Beaver Pond and beat the winter blues. Please wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather. This is a program for visitors of all ages.
Who: All Ages- (Parents will help young children make their lanterns)
What: A lantern Walk at PMEC Celebrating Winter Solstice (dress accordingly to spend time outdoors!)
When: Friday December 14th; 4:30-6PM
Where: Meet Miss Nicole upstairs in building to make your lantern. We will provide all materials needed.
Fee: $20/ Family (no more than 4)
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
5th & 6th Grade Recreation Hoops Travel
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
Part 2 starts on 11/21
Makerspace - Miniature Wargaming
Welcome to a collaborative effort between tabletop gamers and makers in their element. Join us for a day of gaming!
Min of 3, Max of 18
Morning session 10am-1pm
Afternoon session 2pm - 5pm
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.
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!
Kitchen Cold Remedies
Looking to kick the cold season in a natural and convenient way? Come learn about the various culinary herbs that aid in fighting the common cold and that are found in your very own spice rack.
We’ll be taking a closer look at 8 common culinary herbs and spices, their medicinal properties, and ways to prepare them. We will dive into the best herbal preparation for each plant, whether it be a warm tea, herbal steam bath, or infused honey. Observing and sampling as we go along! Then we’ll roll up our sleeves and make Fire Tonic. Fire Tonic, better known as Fire Cider, is a traditional herbal cold remedy that is made infusing vinegar with powerful spices and vegetables.
Bring your hands and an open mind. All materials will be provided. Most of the herbs will be organic, depending on availability. *Please note that herbs in this recipe are VERY hot and spicy.
Where: Amherst Makerspace
When: Thursday January 10th
Time: 7pm - 8:30pm
Elderberry Syrup Workshop
Thinking of a natural and healthy way to kick the cold season? Come learn all about Elderberry. We will discuss the various ways this herb is prepared and used, as well as make our very own Elderberry Syrup.
Elderberry syrup is a delicious and effective way to support the immune system during a cold or flu. The elderberries, found on the Elder shrub, have been used for thousands of years as food, medicine, and tools. The flowers, berries, leaves, and bark can all be used but the berries are renowned for their ability to prevent upper respiratory infections. Adults and kids alike enjoy this sweet syrup.
You will leave the class with one mason jars of freshly made Elderberry Syrup, a better understanding of this plant, recipes, and the happy feeling of bringing something naturally amazing into your life and starting your very own apothecary.
Bring your hands and an open mind. All materials will be provided. Most of the herbs will be organic, depending on availability.
Where: Amherst Makerspace
When: Sunday December 2
Weekly Card 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.
Where: Parkhurst Place, 11 Veterans Rd. Amherst
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.
Full Moon Hikes: Schedule
Hike at PMEC Sat. Jan 19th 5:30-7 PM
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
When: Thurs. Nov 29th 6:30-8pm
Where: PMEC, Lab Room
Fee: $45.00 resident, $50.00-non resident
Looking for a great way to get out of the house this winter? Then Snowshoe Yoga is for you! Join us for a snowshoe hike along the picturesque trails of PMEC, infused with mindfulness and yoga. Grab your friends and beat those winter blues! The class will consist of a 45 minute hike with some stops for meditation and asanas, followed by a 45 minute practice indoors in the lower level of the PMEC building.
The class is open to all levels of fitness and will be held on Sundays from 9-10:30am. Class will meet at the Kiosk in the PMEC parking lot promptly at 9am. You will need comfortable warm layers, boots/hiking shoes, yoga clothing, yoga mat, water, snow shoes and micro spikes to fit over your boots on icy days. Poles are optional.
Session 1 - January 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th
Session 2 - February 3, 10, 17th, and March 3rd (due to school vacation week)
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
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.
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.
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 it...it ain’t broke.
When: Third Thursday of every month, from 6-9pm