Putnam Explorers 

ABOUT exploreRs

Explorers monthly workshops are packed with learning, fun and care. Pre-registration is required for all programs.

Explorers Workshops are SOLD OUT. We hope to see you next season!

Questions? Contact Bridget Boyd-Carlson at bboyd-carlson@putnam.org.

Scholarships can be made available if needed.

Safety Measures

We are commited to your child's safety. Workshop size is limited to 10 participants. Face coverings are worn by staff and are required by Explorers throughout the workshop, as well as parents when dropping off and picking up. Temperature checks will be required of all Explorers at check in. Disinfecting and handwashing will take place throughout the workshop. 

Please keep your child home for their own safety if they have any underlying health conditions. Stay alert in the days leading up to the Explorers workshop for any signs of fever, runny nose, or cough and monitor exposure to COVID-19 positive individuals in your family or community. 

We understand that guidelines and the state of COVID-19 is ever-changing. We are staying flexible and will be offering full refunds for any cancellations by the Putnam. 

Explorers 2020-21 Season

Grades 1-4  9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Fee: $20 per workshop ($15 members)

Rivers and Oceans

Saturday, November 7
Explore the wonderful world of water! From rivers to oceans and the creatures that live there, Explorers will investigate the water cycle and why every drop of water counts. 

Fizz, bubble, goo - SOLD OUT!

Saturday, December 5
Investigate the science of chemistry and experiment with chemical reactions! Explorers will safely explore the world of a scientist while conducting and observing chemical reactions that fizz, bubble, and goo!

Our solar system - SOLD OUT!

Saturday, January 9
Explore planets in our Solar System and investigate our Moon! Explorers will experiment with craters and engineer a lunar lander! 

Simple Machines - SOLD OUT!

Saturday, February 6
Are simple machines REALLY that simple? Let’s try our hand at navigating machines and see if we can engineer a complex machine that will really work.

Dinosaurs & Prehistoric life - sold out!

Saturday, March 6
Explore the life and times of the fascinating creatures we call dinosaurs! Find out more about the era they lived in and what we can learn through fossils!

birds of prey - SOLD OUT!

Saturday, April 10
Find out more about various species of raptors, along with their eating habits, habitats, and physical features. We’ll investigate owl pellets, identify bones, and search for remarkable raptors in the museum!

Code and create - SOLD OUT!

Saturday, May 1
Create a game or creation using Scratch, a block-based visual programming language, and test your skills at programming the Putnam’s friendly bots, Dot and Dash!


Support provided by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. 

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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