Field Trips

Mt. Mica Field trips are held every Sunday from May-November depending on weather and when the ground is not frozen. We meet at our dig site at 9 AM and leave promptly at 9:30 AM to carpool to the site. Field trips to the other localities are by appointment only.

We offer exclusive access to private mines in western Maine for individuals, families and groups. Join one of our field trips and have the opportunity to find your own tourmaline, quartz, and many other gems and mineral specimens right at the mine.

 

We offer discounts to groups of 10 or more. Groups are required to have a reservation. Refer to the box to the right for locations and pricing.

 

It pays to be prepared! Make sure to bring:

  • drinking water

  • lunch & snacks

  • sunscreen

  • bug spray

  • eye protection

  • closed toes shoes/boots

  • extra layers

  • rain gear

  • 2 five gallon buckets to bring your rocks home

 

Our outings are dog friendly. Please bring a leash and water.

 

We will supply shovels, screens and rinse water. Feel free to bring any other tools you would like.

Mines

Mt Mica Mine

South Paris, Oxford County, Maine

$65 Adults/$35 youth 7-17

Mt Mica is an active mine and is regulated by Mine Health and Safety, the ATF, and the Maine Fire Marshall. This mine is closed to visitors except by special arrangement with authorized agents. Dig Maine Gems is an authorized agent. Please do not contact the mine for access.

 

This mine has 67 known minerals and 11 variations. Visit www.coromotominerals.com for detailed information on the history of Mt. Mica.

For a complete listing of all known minerals at this locality visit www.mindat.org profile: www.mindat.org/loc-3784.html

Children under 7 years of age are generally not allowed on this trip. Contact us for more information.

Ryerson Mine

South Paris, Oxford County, Maine

$45 Adults/$25 youth 7-17

Enjoy exquisite views of the White Mountains while searching for treasure at the Ryerson Mine.

This mine has 69 known minerals and 10 variations Field trips are by appointment only. This mine is private property.

For a complete listing of all known minerals at this locality visit www.mindat.org profile:  www.mindat.org/loc-6101.html

Bennett  Quarry

Buckfield, Oxford County, Maine

$65 Adults/$35 youth 7-17

 

This is the site of one of the largest morganite finds on earth known for beryl, and many other minerals. 

 

Field trips are by appointment only. This mine is private property.

For a complete listing of all known minerals at this locality visit www.mindat.org profile: www.mindat.org/loc-3773.html

Orchard Pit (Quarry)

Buckfield, Oxford County, Maine

$65 Adults/$35 youth 7-17

When this quarry started is unknown. It was prospected my local miners in the 1960s in exploration of beryl. It is known for its abundance of beryl and has 15 known minerals including albite, fluorapatite, muscovite, quartz and more.

 

Field trips are by appointment only. This mine is private property.

For a complete listing of all known minerals at this locality visit www.mindat.org profile: www.mindat.org/loc-144240.html

NOTE: Ryerson, Bennett and Orchard Mines are active mines and are closed to visitors except by special arrangement with authorized agents. Dig Maine Gems is an authorized agent. Please do not contact the mines/property owners for access.

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April-Nov  when the ground is not frozen

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