Gemstone Mining Experience - Field Trip Activities | Apple Holler

Gemstone Mining Experience

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

June through November 2022

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.

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

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 colored Identification Chart

Gem Mining Experience

*Experience a guided educational tour aboard a tractor-drawn train ride through the Apple Holler orchards and Enchanted Forest. Learn how our wind machines protect the orchard.

*Feed the billy goats, nanny goats & newborns.

*Explore our Farm Park – farmyard animals, Kid’s Corral, Crazy Corn Maze, Cool Cow Maze, Giant Slide and MORE!

*Enjoy a freshly baked cookie treat and fresh apple cider.

Cost: $13.00 per person
(children & adults)

40 person minimum or if less than 40 you may be combined with another group to meet the 40 person minimum.

Reservations Required

Please call, 262-884-7100 for details.

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  1. In order to ensure the health and safety of our guests and staff while having an enjoyable time on the farm, Apple Holler has implemented the following procedures:

    1. Face Masks Recommended: Face masks are recommended when coming indoors at Apple Holler. Face masks are not required outdoors at Apple Holler, especially when social distancing is possible. 
    2. Vaccinations: Vaccinations are highly encouraged.  
    3. Showing Symptoms? If you, someone in your party, or someone with whom you have recently come into contact with are showing symptoms of COVID-19, please do not visit our farm. Return home and follow the CDC guidelines.  
    4. Keep Your Distance: Practice safe social distancing and stay a minimum of 6 feet (preferably more) away from other visitors and staff.
    5. Wash Your Hands Thoroughly Whenever Possible: Please use hand sanitizer & hand washing stations (indoor & outdoor) as much as possible. We have dispensers placed for your convenience.  

     We are committed to keeping your family, our family, and our employees safe. There remains an inherent and elevated risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present, and we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed. Regular sanitizing, access to sanitizer and handwashing, and daily health checks of our employees are just some of the precautions we are taking.