We are North Carolina's ONLY education based gem mine backed by the Board of Education. Why go off the mountain and find rocks that were placed there for you from other countries when you can stay local and find gemstones and fossils that formed locally while learning about the unique geological history that created the Appalachian Mountain Range. We offer complete geological programs for students of all ages and grade levels. We will customize lectures designed for each classroom to fit specific science related curriculum programs. Field trips are only $9.00 +Tax per student which includes gem mining, a guided tour through the Appalachian Fossil Museum and a custom lecture that ties it all together. All programs are taught by staff geologists and paleontologists. Group trips must be book at least TWO WEEKS in advance. Call today to schedule: 828-264-4499
Geology Merit Badge for Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts: $12.00 +Tax per scout.
We cover the Geology Merit Badge in detail giving your scouts all the information needed for completion. This is a fun way to earn a badge that is usually really hard to get. Booked as a troop ONLY (no individuals). Must be booked at least TWO WEEKS in advance.
Jewelry Merit Patch Program for Girl Scouts: $12.00 +Tax per scout.
Designed specifically for GSA, your scouts will attend a 30 minute presentation about the jewelry industry's history, valuation and classification of gemstones, gemstones as investments and the types of materials and equipment used in jewelry production. Then attend a hands on jewelry making workshop where they will create their own unique piece of jewelry to keep. Booked as a troop ONLY (no individuals). Must be booked at least TWO WEEKS in advance.
Call to schedule: 828-264-4499
Group Gemstone Prospector mining rate is only $5.00 +Tax per participant. Great group activity and fun for all ages. Cost includes gemstone identification with one of our professionals. Groups are required to provide proof of legitimate organization or affiliation and must have a minimum of 12 participants. Must be booked at least TWO WEEKS in advance. Call to schedule: 828-264-4499
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