Smithsonian Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals

December 8th

​10 am (meet at 9:45 am)

Museum of Natural History

Coming up soon!

Central MD GPAA Officers

Volunteers needed, contact an officer

President               Scott Sprague
Vice President      Chuck Thompson
Secretary              open
Treasurer             Bruce Custer
Board Member     Dave Deryke
Board member     Randy Mertz

Dec. 14th  6th annual holiday Dinner and Empty poke Exchange!

Join us for our biggest night of the year!  More details to follow.

Jan. 25th at 8 pm
bedrock and beyond 

busting bedrock and tips to  increase your chances while crevicing.

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Can you dig it?

Join in the fun at one of our group digs and learn where and how to find gold and other minerals right here in Maryland.  We have seasonal, group digs on private property, where you can find your own gold and become part of the growing community of prospectors that enjoy getting outdoors and meeting new friends while learning new techniques or refining old ones.  From first timers to seasoned "sourdoughs", there is something for everyone at these events.  Please check our website periodically  or subscribe to our newsletter for schedules and updates.

Group Digs and Outings

Maryland offers an abundance of exploration opportunities for prospectors, rockhounds and history buffs.  Come along on a Discovery Trip and learn about the gold rich history of the C&O Canal National Park or collect some of over 600 species of fossils and shark's teeth at Calvert Cliffs State Park.  Just a short drive away, we also have one of the world's largest collections of gems and minerals at Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History.  Have a trip in mind? Suggest it and we can all go together.

Discovery Trips


New Year's Day Dig

​11 am to 4 pm

Location TBA

Free Gold friday!!!

Everyone attending a monthly meeting has the opportunity of leaving with a nice picker!

Did you know there is GOLD and other minerals in the creeks of Maryland?

Come out to one of our local events, a group dig, an overnight outing or attend a meeting and join the Central Maryland Chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association of America as we explore Maryland's little known gold history and search for the lustrous yellow metal.

Nov. 9th at 8 pm
making the most of your membership!

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