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.

Who we are

The Central Maryland GPAA is dedicated to providing environmental education in the area of recreational gold prospecting and mineral collection by providing hands on activities, educational outings and exploratory hikes for the general public, youth groups and other organizations. 

Central MD GPAA Officer Elections were held at our Jan 19th meeting. 


President               Scott Sprague
Vice President      Chuck Thompson
Secretary              open
Treasurer             Bruce Custer

54th Annual GLMSMC Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show 

March 17-18

​VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Coming up soon!

Our mission is to educate, inform and inspire the general public about recreational gold prospecting and mineral collection in our area and around the globe.

Share our Mission

What we do

March 2nd at 8 pm
Perfect panning

learn and share different panning skills and techniques at our mock panning booth in preparation for the Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show!

FEB. 9 th at 8 pm
Portable rock crusher and gold bearing ores 

bring your "crushables" and try out the new K and M Krusher!

Check out our sponsors

and support those who support us!

See our Vision

54th Annual GLMSMC Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show 

March 17-18

Montgomery County Fairgrounds

​VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Our vision is to give prospectors, rockhounds and mineral enthusiasts a place to gather and share their experiences while educating others about the importance of mineral extraction and creating a public awareness of ethical prospecting and collection methods.  

At the next meeting!

​The Central Maryland GPAA was established in 2012 as an official chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association of America and is operated by Central Maryland Gold Prospectors, Inc., a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation.

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Free Gold friday!!!

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