Putnam Explorers 

ABOUT exploreRs

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

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

Scholarships can be made available based on need.

Safety Measures

We are committed to your child’s safety and have a few things to share with you about how we will address Explorers Workshops.

  • Workshop capacity is set at 15 youth.
  • Explorers will maintain a social distance from one another.
  • Explorers will not share equipment or materials.
  • Face coverings will be worn by staff, and are required of explorers as well as, of parents when dropping off and picking up.
  • Disinfectant will be used on surfaces and explorers will be washing hands frequently.

CDC Guidelines Update: The Putnam will continue to follow Scott County Health Department guidance on COVID-19 best practices, including social distancing and face covering recommendations. We’ll be monitoring our community’s vaccination rate and look forward to the lifting of COVID 19 restrictions over the coming weeks and months.

Participating children must be able to follow all of the guidelines above.

Explorers 2021-22 Season

Grades 1-4
Fee: $20 per workshop ($15 members)


REgister for all seven afternoon sessions and get one free!


1-3pm - Register Here

Saturday, October 2
We’re getting spooky and kooky in the lab as we explore the human body. From the acids of your stomach to the blood in your veins, it’s a gore galore exploration. Discover how boo-tiful you are from the inside out! 

Detective science

9-11am - Sold Out!

Saturday, November 6
Want to learn what it takes to solve crimes? We’ll use real forensic science and chemistry to analyze impressions and identify unknown substances. So come search for evidence and gather clues, just like forensic detectives do!

Brainstorm and Build

9-11am - sold Out!


Saturday, December 4
Team up, test your skills, and use your imagination as you take part in design challenges. Get ready to tinker, create, invent, and innovate!

Kaboom lab

9-11am - Sold Out!


Saturday, January 8
Bang, bam, boom! We’re starting this New Year off with a kaboom. We’ll conduct chemical experiments with explosions, eruptions and more. So grab your safety goggles and join us in the lab.

Brave traveler 

9-11am - SOLD OUT!


Saturday, February 5
Grab your passport, and get ready to discover weird and wonderful treasures of the world! From creatures to cultures, you won’t want to miss this adventure finding artifacts and specimens from all over the world!

engineer it!

9-11am - Sold Out!


Saturday, March 5
It takes teamwork to make the dream work. Discover the forces that make bridges and other structures strong and we’ll work together to construct a bridge big enough to cross! Let’s get building!

buzzin' buds

9-11am - SOLD OUT!


Saturday, April 2
Insects don’t just bug us, they keep our earth buzzin’ with life. Explore the world of insects- how they survive, work together, and discover what makes insects interesting!


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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