Putnam Explorers and Explorers Jr.

Examine - Investigate - create - invent

Explorers/Explorers Jr. monthly workshops are packed with learning, fun and care, and the 2019-20 season is just getting started! 

Fall Season is September through December. Classes meet the first weekend of the month,* Putnam Explorers Jr (Pre-K - 1 Grade) on Saturdays from 9 - 11 AM and Putnam Explorers (Grades 2 - 5) on Saturdays from 9 - 11 AM.

Pre-registration is required for all programs as there are a limited number of reservations available.

Questions? Contact Education Services Coordinator Bridget Boyd-Carlson at 563-336-7308 or email bboyd-carlson@putnam.org.

For individual classes, please fill out an Explorers Form or Explorers Jr Form and return along with payment at our Ticketing counter. To register via phone, please call 563-324-1933.

Scholarships can be made available if needed.


Pre-K - Grade 1 (Student must be at least 4 years old) • $14 per workshop ($11 members)

Volcanic Eruptions!
Saturday, Sept. 7 • 9 to 11 am
Explore fun facts about volcanoes, lava and eruptions in this explosive workshop, all while creating your own active experiment! 

Let's Talk Bones!
Saturday, Oct. 5 • 9 to 11 am
Do you know you have up to 270 bones in your body? We will explore the wonders of a skeleton at this workshop. Will you be able to tell if it is human, animal or other?

One Small Step...
Saturday, Nov. 2 • 9 to 11 am
2019 is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Program! Celebrate with us by learning about space, what it takes to be an astronaut, and the planets in our solar system. Register Online

Holiday Break
No December Workshop!

Simple Circuit Creations
Saturday, Jan. 4 • 9 to 11 am
Explore electricity with a “shocking” look at circuits. This workshop is bound to spark an interest in how simple circuits work. Register Online

Heroes With Four Legs
Saturday, Feb. 1 • 9 to 11 am
It is said, “dogs are man’s best friend!” But, they are so much more than that! Explorers will find out about the many jobs our four-legged heroes do so well. Register Online

Fun with Forensics
Saturday, March 7 • 9 to 11 am
Fun with Forensics will guide young crime scene investigators to solve the crime of the century: Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar? Join us as we dust for fingerprints, collect shoeprints and gather other pieces of evidence to identify the criminal. Register Online

Science of the Senses
Saturday, April 4 • 9 to 11 am
Did your breakfast taste good this morning? How do you know? Was it hot or cold, soft or crunchy? Explorers will discover how the five senses help them to navigate our world. Register Online

Hooray for H2O
Saturday, May 2 • 9 to 11 am
Is water just for swimming and bath time? Explorers will find that water is a mighty force and isn’t just for drinking anymore! Register Online

Explorers 2019-20 Season

Grades 2-5 • $14 per workshop ($11 members)

Stuck on Magnets
Saturday, Sept. 7 • 9 to 11 am
Did you know magnetism is a force that rules our cosmos? Learn all about what magnetism does for our universe in the Discovery Dome followed by fun activities with magnets on a much smaller scale.
All Wrapped Up in Egypt
Saturday, Oct. 5 • 9 to 11 am
Come hang out with the Putnam’s mummies as we become Egyptian explorers and learn all about Egypt!

Erupting Explorers
Saturday, Nov. 2 • 9 to 11 am
Today our Explorers will travel deep into the earth’s crust to learn about tectonic plates – the source of volcanoes! Try to keep away from the hot lava as we learn all about these explosive creations. Register Online

Holiday Break
No December Workshop!
Computer Whiz Kids
Saturday, Jan. 4 • 9 to 11 am
Do you love computers? Want to learn how to speak their language? Come to the Putnam and we’ll teach all you need to know about 01100011 01101111 01100100 01101001 01101110 01100111. Register Online
Curate Your Own Collection
Saturday, Feb. 1 • 9 to 11 am
Have you ever wanted to design a museum exhibit? Bring three items from your personal collection to this Explorers workshop, and we’ll teach you how to curate your own exhibit! Register Online
First Responder Training
Saturday, March 7 • 9 to 11 am
Today at the Putnam we’ll show you what you need to do in an emergency and how you can help other people! We’ll even take a look at how our canine friends help others in a variety of ways. Register Online
Matter Matters
Saturday, April 4 • 9 to 11 am
Did you know that not only do you matter, but you’re also MADE OF matter? Come learn all there is to know about this mysterious substance that makes up our whole universe! Register Online
Fun Physics
Saturday, May 2 • 9 to 11 am
You don’t need to be a physicist to know that physics is fun! Come to the Putnam and play with Bernoulli’s jumping cans and Newton’s beads. Register Online

* No workshop will be held in December in observance of the holidays.
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