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.

Atlantic Coast Gem and Mineral Expo at the Howard County Fairgrounds

Sept. 22nd and 23rd

Central MD GPAA Officers

Volunteers needed, contact an officer


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

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2018 Meeting Dates, Times and Topics


  • January 19th - 8 pm*  Desert Prospecting and Drywashing 

  • February 9th - 8 pm Small Scale Rock Crushing - Gold Ores

  • March 2nd - 8 pm*  Panning Perfection-Club Demo Training 

  • April 13th - 8 pm  Recovering Gold from Circuit Boards 

  • May 11th - 8 pm*  Fine Gold Recovery

  • June 8th - 8 pm  Alaska or BUST!

  • July 13th - 8 pm  Maryland Gold History

  • August 10th - 8 pm  Metal Detecting 101

  • September 14th - 8 pm*  TBA

  • October 12th - 8 pm  TBA

  • November 9th - 8 pm*  TBA

  • December 14th - 7 pm Holiday Social & Potluck

*Board Meeting prior to regular meeting- Open to the public 6:30 pm

Meeting Location

June 8 th at 8 pm
Alaska or Bust!

members share their stories and adventures about prospecting in Alaska. 

Free Gold friday!!!

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

Coming up soon!

July 13 th at 8 pm
Maryland Gold History

Join us for a peak into the history of Maryland Gold Mining! 

MAY 11 th at 8 pm
fINE gOLD rECOVERY 

see several of the top names in action! Gold Hog Multi Sluice, Gold Cube and Martin Prospecting.

Always Fun and Free!!!

Gold Demos, Outings and More!!!

  • January 13th - Boy Scouts Klondike Derby  

  • February - TBA Smithsonian Trip - postponed

  • March 17th & 18th - 54th Annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show

  • April - C&O Canal Pride Days Spring Clean Up 

  • May -  TBA

  • June - TBA Group Dig

  • Sept. - Gold Rush Days at Swank Claim, Belleville OH

  • Sept. -  Fishing for Fossils at Calvert Cliffs State Park

  • Dec. 14th - Holiday Social and Potluck