2019 Putnam Summer Camps

In just a few weeks, schools will be ending for the year and transitioning into summer break. During this time, many parents scurry to find ideas to keep their child engaged, interactive, excited, and avoiding excessive screen time during the summer. It’s important that anything their child does provides learning experiences and/or some sort of physical activity. We are fortunate in the Quad Cities to have multiple opportunities for individuals of all ages in every season — especially, with our local Putnam Museum and Science Center.

The Putnam Museum was founded in 1867 as the Davenport Academy of Natural Sciences. While it started as a society of personal historical and archaeological collections, the idea of a museum developed over time. For over 150 years, the foundation has provided educational resources and experiences for those in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. In addition to its contents as a museum, the program and summer camp experiences have expanded continual educational learning experiences during the changing seasons.

During the summer, the Putnam will offer full-day and half-day camps for Kindergarten through 8th Graders to work with parent schedules. From being oceanographers to learning more about coding, the options are endless. There are also opportunities for all ages to participate in an Engineering camp, sponsored by Iowa State University’s College of Engineering.

Fees for the program range from $20 to $175, depending on the length of the camp. To register, visit the website for the application. If you have questions about the program, email the Putnam at bboyd-carlson@putnam.org or call 563-336-7308. Scholarship opportunities are available.


About the author

Katy Williams Henderson A life-long Quad Cities resident, Katy is a Preschool through 4th Grade ESL Teacher at a local elementary school. She attended St. Ambrose University, graduating in May 2018 with a B.A. in Elementary Education with ESL and Reading concentrations and an English minor. She is working on a Master's in Early Childhood Education. She loves running, traveling, cooking, working with kids, spending time with her husband and her family and friends, education, and putting a pen to paper. Her writing credits include the Dispatch-Argus Newspaper, Radish Magazine, Midwest Writing Center and being a writing tutor at SAU and now for The Princeton Review's Tutor.com.

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