Gemstone Mining Experience

A Unique, Hands-on Experience, Mining for Minerals, Gemstones and Fossils

June through October 

Reservations Required

Take a trip back to pioneer days, with this exciting, educational and engaging experience! Begin our Gemstone Mining Experience with melodramatic storytelling as our own Prospector Joe tour guide tells a tale intertwined with the history of Wisconsin mining.  Prospector Joe will present more interesting facts about Wisconsin mining history and geography.

Prospector Joe will then guide guest miners through a mining experience at the Apple Holler Mining Company. Have a “rocking” good time as you roll up your sleeves and sift through your own bag of treasures in our flowing sluice. Discover and identify genuine fossils, gemstones, and minerals that can be taken home. This unique mining experience will be a memorable learning event sure to spark imaginations and the desire to learn more about mining and Geology.


Apple Holler Mining Experience Includes: 

  • Experience the Mining Mayhem interactive Melodrama with Prospector Joe.
  • Learn some Wisconsin Mining History, Geography & Mineral Mining Locations.
  • Mine for Genuine Gemstones, minerals, and fossils with a bag of “Mining Rough” per person.
  • Receive a Fossil & Gemstone Identification Chart
  • Experience a guided educational tour aboard a tractor-drawn train ride through the Apple Holler orchards and Enchanted Forest. 
Gem Mining Experience
  • Learn how our wind machines protect the orchard.
  • Visit the Billy goats, nanny goats & newborns.
  • Enjoy a freshly baked cookie treat and fresh apple cider.
  • Explore our Farm Park – farmyard animals, Johnny Appleseed History Walk, Kid’s Corral, Crazy Corn Maze, Cool Cow Maze, Giant Slide, our all-new Spider Web, New Butterfly Wing Photo Op, and MORE!
  • Visit our Bees and Trees Learning Center and Observation Bee Hive
  • Enjoy a freshly baked cookie treat and fresh apple cider
  • Learn all about our Butterfly Garden and Garden of Eatin’
  • Take photos at our photo ops and make memories that’ll last a lifetime!

Cost: $14.00 per person (children & adults)

30 person minimum or if less than 30 you may be combined with another group to meet the 30 person minimum.

Reservations Required


Includes Wisconsin Common Core Standards in Science, Agriculture, Agriscience, and Ecology/Environment


Please call Sheryl at 262-884-7100 -OR- fill out the Reservation Request form above for details.