Claim Jumpers

We are entering Our 10th year of teaching classes.

Join the hundreds of students we have taught in proper panning and prospecting techniques.

Next Class:  2022. Enroll Now to ensure a spot!

Class dates are subject to change!

Plan for the 2022 season ahead and pre register for yourself or someone you know that is eager to learn how to pan and prospect for gold.

This class will include a complete kit for each student and allow the recipient to pick their own class date that works for them.  Best of all, we guaranty they will leave with gold they found. Classes are $100.00 per person!

Class Dates

Join us for a fun filled day of finding your own Gold.

Create your own stories to share with friends and family.

Whether you are a seasoned veteran, or a beginner.  A serious miner, or a novice.  Yearning to make a living mining for gold or a weekend hobbiest.  We will ensure your day is enjoyable and you leave with valuable information and knowledge and techniques.

We have been teaching classes since 2013. Hundreds of people both young and old have attended and taken part in several classes and are now on there own enjoying this great hobby. Some have gone on to bigger endeavors and have become claim owners, one group has gone on to large scale mining in Ghana, Africa. Several have purchased our Gold Recovery Systems to maximize their recovery of gold.  Everyone who attended a class had a great time, shared stories and left with vials containing GOLD they retrieved themselves.

Our next class dates for panning and prospecting instruction will be posted in the near future, check back often.:

Dates for upcoming classes for the 2022 season: 

2022. Enroll Now to ensure a spot!  Prospectors Point

Saturday,  Prospectors Point

Saturday,  Prospectors Point

Class dates are subject to change!

If you have a group or function and would like to use Panning, Prospecting classes as an outing or team building event, please contact us and we can arrange a suitable date for this during a week day.

Please consider joining us at our Yellow Metal Miners Club Mettings.

Hurry and reserve your spot as all classes fill quickly.

Each date listed is a full day class.  The classes all start at 9 AM.  We conduct our classes at 2 locations.  We either meet in the west parking lot in Rundle Park or at Prospectors Point across from Devon Alberta along the North Saskatchewan River, (please see map on the page titled "What We Offer" for directions).  These classes will go until approximately 5 PM.  Pick the date which is best for you.   

All classes will go ahead rain or shine.

Classes held at Gold Bar Creek meet at Rundle Park, (Victoria Trail and 118th Avenue, Edmonton).  Go to last parking lot where the foot bridge to Gold Bar Park is located.  See attached map. (Go past pool, boat rental, a white building and fenced compound on your right).

Classes held at Prospectors Point meet in the parking lot at the Point.  If coming from the south, take Highway 19 to Highway 60, go north through Devon, cross the bridge over the NSR to Township Road 511. If coming from the north, follow Highway 60 past the Devonian Botanical Gardens to Township Road 511 which will be on your right.  Go west on Township Road 511 (very short distance) and take the first left which is Range Road 263.  Follow this road to the parking lot which is the end of the road.  See attached maps.


Doug Winkleman at: 780-993-2677

We also offer individual classes for panning, prospecting and sluice operation.

Please bring rubber boots, lunch, snacks, water or beverages to last the day.  Remember, you are in the outdoors, be aware of your environment and pack out all refuse.

Class meeting place yellow highlight.

To Prospectors Point

Prospectors Point Directions

Prospectors Point Directions

Class registration information.

$100.00 per person one time fee (pricing subject to change).  Aged 12 years and over.  Children 11 years of age and under are free if accompanied by a paid adult.  The kit received  by the adult can be shared with them.  If you wish a kit for a child 11 years and under, the price will be $50.00 each

Payment must be received prior to course start.

A day or an evening at the river learning to Pan for Gold, where gold lies, how to read the river and other water sources.  Gravel formations, reading the layers in the banks.  Share in stories, laughs and fun.  Building friendships with people enjoying the same interest and hobby.  Enjoying nature.  Best of all, Claim Jumpers will be your free resource answering any future questions you may have.

You will learn about finishing your pan to retrieve the gold.  How to safely transfer your gold into a vile.  The trouble and frustration with black sand.

Identification of fossils, petrified wood, gem stones and other treasures that may be found.

Learn about various pans, sluices, high bankers and other equipment.

Placer licences and regulations for the Province of Alberta.

Answer all questions.

What you will need to bring:

  • A shovel (optional).
  • 5 Gallon pail (purchased from your local hardware store, I recommend a minimum of 2). One can be used as a chair.  A camp chair (optional).
  • Rubber boots, if warm, shoes or sandals that can be worn into the water.
  • Clothing appropriate for the weather.  Classes will be held in light rain, if a storm is upon us, the class will be rescheduled.
  • A brimmed hat or ball cap.
  • Bug spray, mosquitos and horse flies can be a nuisance.
  • Lunch and snacks enough to last the entire day or evening.  Classes held during the day will last for a minimum of 6 hours and will usually last longer.  Evening classes will last for approx 3.5 hours.  Be prepared to spend the entire day into the evening on day classes.
  • Water, juice soft drinks, coffee.  Please, no alcoholic beverages.
  • A camera to capture the moments.

Waiver information:   Claim Jumpers, Doug Winkleman or any affiliate are not responsible for injury, loss of life or damage to personal property.

Please respect nature and pack out all refuse.  Please respect all property of others, do not trespass on private property.

Disclaimer:  A 10% fee will be deducted from payment for cancellation.  If you do not show without prior notification, fees will not be reimbursed.

Stay informed for future class dates to be posted.

Contact us for availablity.

Sluice, High Banker and private instruction will be conducted upon request.  You must possess a valid Placer Miners Licence to operate any equipment other than a pan.

We accept the above forms of payment. Or by cash upon registration.

nathan 29.10.2014 03:30

Hey i'm looking for a complete sluice set up what are the prices on your gear did alot in new zealand but unsure what i need exactly here ,

Doug 30.10.2014 23:27

Hello Nathan, We produce a complete Gold Recovery System. This includes HighBanker, River Sluice, Millers Table for fine gold extraction. Complete $1200.00

Randy 03.02.2014 01:16

Hi Doug,
when are you looking at starting your 2014 season

Doug 28.03.2014 19:03

Hi Randy, we have now completed scheduling dates for the start of the 2014 season. Additional dates will be added. Please check the web site.

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