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What to know before you visit


Rocks and Minerals for Kids

At the Mining Company Sluice, adults and kids of all ages will enjoy an interactive gem-panning experience. The Bible tells us God created the earth in six days, and we see evidence of a young earth and global Flood in rocks and minerals.

Sluice Minerals

Pan for Gemstones

Discover rocks and minerals from around the world as the flowing water uncovers the shining gemstones. This interactive experience was designed by creation scientist John Whitmore, PhD, professor of geology at Cedarville University.


Identify Rocks and Minerals

You can classify the gemstones, rocks, and minerals in your bag, using a kid-friendly identification chart. Which types of rocks will you go home with?

Sluice Hours

The sluice is open Monday through Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. through the end of August. It may be opened on additional days subject to attendance. Check our online event calendar to see if the sluice is scheduled to open on a particular day.

The sluice’s operation is weather permitting and will be closed between October and March. Each bag of dirt is $6 (including tax).