Alaska Prospector Program Workshops


Introduction to Placer Mining - $50
April 23, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Palmer, Matinuska Experiment Farm

April 30, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Tok, UAF Tok Center

May 14, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Soldotna, Kenai Peninsula College

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Basic Prospecting - $50
April 23, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Fairbanks, Tanana District Extension Office

April 30, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Delta Junction, Delta District Extension Office

May 7, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Talkeetna, Northern Susitna Institute Office

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Rocks and Minerals Identification

The Rocks and Minerals Identification workshop covers field identification of rocks and minerals, including the tools and procedures involved. Common rock forming-minerals are studied in detail, as are selected ore minerals. Representative samples of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks are then examined. This is an 8-hour workshop.

Basic Prospecting Skills

Basic Prospecting Skills students will learn about ore material testing and identification, different types of geological maps, how to stake a claim, prospecting tools and equipment, geochemical sampling methods, gold panning and sluicing, and have an overview of rock and mineral deposits. It is an 8-hour workshop.


Exploring is a workshop introducing participants to the breadth of mining claim, mineral resource, and geologic information that is available on line through the portal. The workshop will provide instruction and hands-on, guided practice in using internet tools for researching land status, mining claims, mineral occurrences, geochemical data, and geologic reports and maps. It will be an 8-hour workshop.

Placer Mining

The Placer Mining workshop will cover placer exploration and placer mining. Some of the topics included will be placer geology, claimstaking, hand methods, mechanized methods (including pits, trenches, and drilling), building the prospect map, mining agreements, mining methods (suction dredge to conventional open pit to bucketladder dredges), mine plans, permitting, mining economics, and reclamation. This will be a 16-hour workshop.

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