What Is a Membership?
Congratulations! You have just found the largest prospecting organization in the world.
A membership gives you an edge as a prospector and has advantages whether you are new to gold prospectingor you have been prospecting for decades.
Our membership give you the tools you need to find gold more effectively. Whether you are using our tried and true 14" gold pan or searching for the optimal claim in our Mining guide, you can mine with greater confidence knowing that you have the tools and information you need to find more gold and extract it efficiently.
The membership kit you receive when you become a member comes with tools and instructional material to get you started. We also provide you with several publications including the Pick and Shovel Gazette and a Gold Prospector's Magazine subscription which provide additonal information about prospecting, current events in gold, information on state of the art gold-finding equipment, claim updates, and politcal events which shape our mining community. Packed with tools and information, this kit is a must have for any gold prospector worth his or her salt!
Access to Claims
In addition to receiving your kit, you also gain accessto the hundreds of claims provided by the GPAA. Our claimsspan across the United States. That means there's probablyone or more claims near you. The Mining Guide, provided toyou in your new membership kit, gives details about eachclaim so you can get and get started prospecting.
What Do I Get?
The first thing you will receive in the mail is your membership
kit. The membership kit comes with everything you need to start
prospecting including a 14" gold pan, Mining Guide and instructional
DVDs. Below is a break down of the items to help you find be successful
at gold prospecting:
- 14" Gold Pan. Your first and primary tool
in finding gold. Your gold pan will help you seperate the gold from
the mud. Our gold pans also are specially designed to help you
keep more gold while you pan.
- Instructional DVD. This video will help you
season your pan and prepare for mining. You'll learn everything you
need to make your first experience with prospecting a profitable one.
- Mining Guide. The mining guide is your one stop
source for information. It provides geographic information and tells
you what signs to look for when searching for gold. It also provides
detailed information about each claim including turn-by-turn directions
and what to expect when you get to the claim.
- Snuffer Bottle. After panning the materials out,
you'll want to quickly and accurately extract the gold you've found
from the pan. The snuffer bottle quickly and easily allows you to
extract the gold flakes from your pan.
- Gold Prospectors Magazine. Learn more about new
trends and equipment to make you a more effective prospector. Our
publication provides great information about mining - past and present.
- Pick & Shovel Gazette. Our world is constantly
changing, and prospectors need to keep up to date to make sure they don't
get left behind. The Pick & Shovel will keep you current on new laws and politics as
they change in your state. In addition, the gazette also provides entertaining
stories and information on the latest events from both local chapters and our association.
- Hat, Patch and Stickers. Sport your pride as a GPAA member and
fellow prospector with additional GPAA gear including a GPAA hat, patch and stickers.
We're always happy to welcome new members, and this is our way of saying "thank you" for
joining our community!
Access to Claims
Our kit will get you started, but the true power of a GPAA membership comes from
our claims. Claims give you a legal place to mine. We have hundreds of claims across the
entire United States. Most of our claims have good gold bearing potential while others
can give you access to other elements such as gems. Our Mining Guide gives detailed
information about each claim including topographic data, directions and what minerals
and metals to expect.
The GPAA has a large and thriving chapter base. Chapters are congregations of like minded
people, in this case, gold prospectors. Chapters and chapter events are the backbone
of what makes the mining community great. They are a place for new comers to learn more
about prospecting and old timers to prospect with their friends. Our organization is
proud to support the local chapters by providing them with tools and helping them promote
their events. By becoming a member, you also help support your local chapters and
the gold prospecting community. We urge all of our new members to seek out their local
chapter as chapters are a great place for learning about gold mining from the best kind of
people - those who are passionate and have done it for years.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How will I find gold?
A: The GPAA will give you all the tools you need to get started. The Mining Guide gives you a place to go, we includes how-to DVD's, and informative articles and the most important benefit: you will have access to local chapters and state directors to answer questions
Q: Do I need a separate membership for my family members?
A: No, Your membership covers you, your spouse and children under the age of eighteen
Q: Can I bring a friend with me to go prospecting
A: Yes, you can bring up to four guests with you but they are required to stay with you at all times
Q: Are there claims in my area
A: Yes, there is a very good chance we have claims near you, click here
to verify(scroll to the bottom of the page)
Q: Does it cost anything to prospecting
A: No, access to GPAA claims is included with your membership.
If you still aren't convinced that GPAA is the right choice for you, find out what others are saying. Below you will find real members' statements about how Gold Prospectors Association is right for them.
|Nolan Akin & Family
|Tim & Cristin Weber
|Bob Dwarkofski, Greg Dillon, Anthony Brocato, Dennis Iannone