Mining Sluice & Fossil Find

The mining sluice at the Ark Encounter provides fun for all ages and is located by the Children’s Zoo. Purchase your bag of dirt (see prices below) and head over to the panning sluice to see if your bag contains amber, horn coral, petrified wood, or shark tooth fossils.


Biblical Perspective

The history in God’s Word provides a framework for understanding fossils. Not only will your family enjoy revealing and identifying the fossils from your bag of dirt, but you will also learn about the science of paleontology from a biblical perspective.

Interactive Learning

This interactive activity will help teach your children how to think biblically about fossils, and they will learn that science confirms God’s Word from the very beginning. Each child takes home a card that gives a biblical explanation for fossils.


Sluice Hours

The sluice’s operation is weather permitting.


  • Small Fossil Bag: $8
  • Large Fossil Bag: $12
  • Small Gem Bag: $8
  • Motherlode Bag: $30
  • MegaStrike Bag: $55

* All prices include 6% KY sales tax.