Gemstone Mining Experience - Field Trip Activities | Apple Holler

Gemstone Mining Experience

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

May through August 2021

Gemstone Mining Experience at Apple Holler

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. Includes interesting facts about Wisconsin 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 treasure 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 Apple Holler Mining Mayhem Melodramatic Storytelling with Prospector Joe
  • Learn about Wisconsin History and Geology with Prospector Joe’s Presentation
  • Enjoy Fun, Hands-On Mining Experience with a Bag of “Mining Rough” containing Genuine Gemstones, Minerals, and Fossils
  • Receive a Fossil & Gemstone Identification Chart
  • Tour the orchard on a tractor-drawn wagon
  • Enjoy a Freshly Baked Cookie & Apple Cider
  • Explore our Farm Park — Farmyard Animals, Kid’s Corral, Cow Trivia Maze, Giant Slide, Music Garden & MORE!

Apple Holler's gemstone mining miners


Cost:  $10.00 per person (children and adults)
One complimentary ticket per groups of 30 or more

Reservation Request

Please call, 262-884-7100 for details.

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  1. Face Masks Required: Face masks are required when coming indoors at Apple Holler, except when eating at your dining table. Face masks are also required outdoors at Apple Holler when social distancing is not 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.
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  5. Wash Your Hands Thoroughly When You Arrive: Please use hand sanitizer & hand washing stations (indoor & outdoor) upon arrival and often. 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.