Our Mission

Provide education to members, potential members on aspects of prospecting, treasure hunting, small scale mining, increasing member & public awareness of environmental, historical, ecological, conservation, natural habitat and legal issues.

Prospecting Etiquette

Knowing and observing a few basic rules will help make everyone's digging more enjoyable and productive:

I WILL respect private property and will not treasure hunt without the owner's written permission.

I WILL NOT destroy private property, buildings, or what is left of ghost towns and deserted structures.

I WILL NOT tamper with others' signs, structural facilities, or equipment.

I WILL remove and properly dispose of trash that I find and use.

I WILL NOT litter.

I WILL leave gates as found.

I WILL appreciate and protect our heritage of natural resources, wildlife, fisheries, and private property.

I WILL be thoughtful, considerate, and courteous to those around me at all times.

I WILL respect all laws or ordinances, and especially those governing prospecting and mining.

I WILL have on site all necessary permits and licenses.

I WILL only build fires in designated or safe places and in accordance with current federal, state, and local guidelines.

I WILL protect my hobby and act as a good-will ambassador at all times.

I WILL fill in all holes when I am finished prospecting, treasure hunting, or metal detecting.

Kids Panning
GPAA logoGPAA  Mission Statement

The mission of the Gold Prospectors Association of America is to further the advancement of gold prospecting and treasure hunting by:

  • Developing an organization that actively encourages camaraderie, fellowship, and personal contact among people with the same interests in gold prospecting;
  • Adhering to environmental laws;
  • Following the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, and Army Corps of Engineers laws and doctrines;
  • Promote increased public awareness of ecologically sound prospecting and small-scale recreational mining for adults, families, and children;
  • Teaching club members how to prospect for gold and treasures;
  • Developing teachers and mentors;
  • Educating the general public about the history of gold prospecting and of the importance of mineral extraction.



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