Young and old alike will enjoy sifting for gemstones and fossils at the Lost Lemon Mine Sluice. Create memories for a lifetime with this hands-on discovery activity.

This new attraction has a huge water tower and 20M of Sluice and water falls, where you can pan for real gems, arrowheads and emeralds!

The Lost Lemon Mine gem mining sluice is a fun thing for kids to do at Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm! Purchase a pail of paydirt enriched with polished rocks, crystals, fossils, and amethysts from around the world. Tip the pail of gravel into the screen boxes provided. The water washes the sand away and what is left is all the real gems and fossils that they get to keep.

This activity combines young people’s sense of adventure and discovery with their continuing thirst for knowledge. Kids love identifying what they find with the charts provided. The best part is they keep the gems they find.

Every pail is different, so it will be an activity they’ll want to repeat. Pails of mining rough range from 3 to 5 pounds, and include your choice of gemstone, premium gemstone, authentic fossil, or arrowhead mixtures. Mining rough ranges in price between $4 and $12 per pail.

Small pails contain 30 shells and mini gemstones and large pails contain over 30 shells, large gemstones, fossils or artifacts! Fossil Pails & Emerald Strikes are loaded with of genuine specimens! This hands-on activity is FUN for all ages, and especially ideal for children. School Groups, Birthday Parties, Day Camps, and others may add this fun learning activity to any Educational Program.

Gem Mining School Field Trip Option

Your group will squeal with delight as they mine at the outdoor sluice for gemstones and fossils! Each student receives their own “rough” to pan to uncover hidden treasures. Add this hands-on science experience to our Fall or Spring Programs. This is a “self-guided” experience which you can do before or after your scheduled tour or program.

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