“We really enjoyed ourselves and Dan was awesome! We may be coming again next year (from Greece) and if we do, you will be seeing us! The boys are dying to do it again!”

Kristine N.

“Memories made on the river…A peaceful, prospect at your own pace type of day. This was my first time prospecting in Maine and my 8 hour adventure was just that and more. Thanks Jim for helping me learn more to the puzzle of prospecting.”

Ted C.

“We had a wonderful experience with Glen on the 3-hour (Arizona) intro class that was offered this past weekend. He was so knowledgeable and such a nice man to have as an instructor for the class. We will not hesitate to recommend this to others!”

The Reese Family

“Jim, I was very pleased with Glen and his (Arizona) class. We have the basic knowledge to try it at home in Wisconsin. Well done!”

Dennis Flater

“We had an absolute blast. We all said we would do it again. Please keep me updated. We had a fantastic time and everyone I told thought it was a fabulous idea. So you may have a lot more groups next year.”

Barbara Burns

“Dear Jim; I would like to thank you for giving a 3 hour beginner class on how to pan and sluice for gold. It was well worth the price and time. It was also nice to have Dan with you to help. Before your class, we were new to prospecting, though we have been out a few times on our own, we were not really sure how to pan or even where to look for gold. After taking your class we felt more confident. My 8 yr old grandson had a great time. It was even nice to find some gold in our pans, while you were there. Our group looks forward to receiving your e-mails on other information and activities you have planned. Once again from our family, Thank you.”

Sincerely, James Maroon

“My father has always wanted to learn how to truly pan for gold and has gotten my 8 year old son just as excited. This past Christmas, I purchased gift certificates from American Gold Prospecting Adventures to give them the chance to learn. Jim was extremely helpful and answered emails immediately making it a simple process. Jim did everything to ensure that my family had an amazing time. They even found gold specks in their pans. My family now has Gold Fever. Thank you Jim and American Gold Prospecting Adventures for creating a wonderful family memory!”

Bethany P.

“My husband and I enjoy watching the gold shows on TV. I have always been the outdoorsy type person and have owned a couple of gold pans but have never used them seriously. January of this year I said ” I’m going to plan some fun things to do this summer. It seems that summer is over before it starts and that we regret not doing more FUN stuff before the long winter. I have seen posts on prospecting on FB here and there and decided to look into learning more about gold panning. I came upon American Gold Prospecting Adventures. Jim Somers was great! Our class was fun and we had lots of one on one instruction. My husband has really taken to this hobby and has buckets of dirt everywhere! We are looking forward to a day long adventure with AGPA learning more about equipment and identification. Thanks so much Jim for everything.”

Catherine Belanger and Mark McKenna, Solon Maine

“I took my two grandchildren ages 10 and 12 to AGPA’s gold prospecting class last month and it was extremely interesting. Jim was very knowledgeable and helpful with the children. Although it was chilly we all had a great time and the two children even found some gold. I would highly recommend this class to anyone. We now have knowledge to do this on our own. It was a lot of fun!”


“Once again the family and I had a really good time this year at the dig. I want to thank everybody involved. It was a great event. It’s always nice meeting like minded people that share the same interests and values. We made a lot of new friends over the last few years at these outings. Thanks you for putting together these events/outing. My son and I have learned a lot and will continue learning, thanks to you and all of the people who share their knowledge at these get togethers.”

Adam Moses

“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Jim Somers of American Gold Prospecting Adventures for a few years and I can say for certain he knows prospecting. Jim is a high energy prospector but very patient teacher. I have watched him work on his own and with students and I’m impressed. Don’t let Jim’s & Dan’s photos [shorts and sneakers] fool you as these two are ‘old school’ respectful and professional. And they know where the gold is around the NorthEast.

With 36 years of mining/prospecting under my belt, I would work side by side with both of them.”

Jack Duggins, Master Maine Guide FB/IceColdGoldJack

“I had been prospecting only a few times before I met Jim and I thought I had some idea of what I was doing. Boy was I wrong! He taught me how to set up and what to watch for while using your equipment. I am now finding more gold in my pan and enjoying prospecting a lot more. Thank you Jim for all your help.”

Norm Godin