Jim Somers: Owner, New England Guide


Jim Somers is a seasoned prospector that has been featured in The Boston Globe, The Manchester Union Leader, radio stations, Lost Treasure Magazine, and The Gold Prospectors Association of America publications. He is the Founder of American Gold Prospecting Adventures, teaches prospecting classes, runs this website, and is also President of Sonora DesignWorks, Inc.

Dan Brown: New England Guide


Dan has been prospecting in NH, ME and VT for over 8 years. He specialty is dredging and highbanking. He started the NH Gold Prospectors page on FaceBook and is an IT manager for Hewlett Packard.

Bruce Roberts: New England Guide


Bruce, a seasoned prospector, began prospecting with his father during their summer vacations throughout his early years. The search for rocks and minerals soon became a regular focus, often with unplanned stops along the highway road cuts to evaluate and collect. Fossilized shark teeth, tourmaline, fluorites, Herkimer diamonds were just some of their quests. Gold prospecting was introduced in 1979 after his move to California, during a canoe trip along the American river, but did not become a regular focus until moving back to Massachusetts and prospecting within the New England states in 2008.

Jack Duggins: Master Maine Guide


Jack started prospecting back in 1979 while he was in the US Coast Guard. The search for gold has taken him all over the United States, Canada, Alaska and Greenland. In 1997 he volunteered as the Maine State Director for the Gold Prospectors Association of America, staying with them for 17 years. In 2003 he moved to central Alaska to mine for gold for a year. In the spring of 2012 he went to Greenland to prospect/mine & shoot the reality show Ice Cold Gold on Animal Planet. Maine has never been considered a major Gold producing State, but his prospecting partner & he have had a several multi-ounce summers going back to 2008. 2014 was one of his best seasons yet with some pretty impressive nuggets found, one 6.6 grams and one 4.8 grams. His largest nuggets found in Maine [so far] are 3/4oz & a 1/3oz.

Glen Robertson: Arizona Guide

Glen is originally from Massachusetts but moved to Arizona in 2009, where he took up gold prospecting as another great way to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. He has been exploring and pick and shovel mining ever since. His recovery methods include panning, sluicing, dry washing, and metal detecting. Glen is an electrician by trade but is outside every moment he is not working. He also enjoys camping, hiking, fishing, kayaking, and anything else that doesn’t involve a roof.

Nathan Nielsen: Maine Gem Hunting Guide

Nathan started collecting fossils as a child from the creek near his home in Western New York. In 2010 he tried panning for gold in the still icy waters of Maine for the first time. After seeing a “flash in the pan” his gold adventures soon took him to finding gold in almost every New England state. Soon dredging for nuggets in Virginia,  Beach mining in Nome, Alaska and working wash plant and gold claim in Northern California were added to the list. Finding gems and minerals seemed like a natural progression, especially living in an area with a rich history of mining. Today Nate can be found out hiking to find new prospects or helping out at some private commercial mine operations.