Gem Mountain

Located in close proximity to Asheville, Boone, and Hickory, North Carolina, Gem Mountain features a variety of precious stones for your group to discover. The site offers tours of the new Hoot Owl Mine, as well as the Brushy Creek Aquamarine Mine. Groups can head over to the flume to receive two-gallon buckets filled with several gemstones including aquamarine, emerald, moonstones, garnet, citrine, ruby, amethyst, sapphire and others for panning. Complimentary stone inspections conducted by experienced staff are available. All gems collected can be taken home. Educational programs are available to supplement school, scout, homeschool, and camp field trips.

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Hrs: Vary by season.

School

Students will learn about gems through hands-on experiences as they pretend to be prospectors in the flume mine at Gem Mountain. Educational programs include a gem identification activity where groups can learn about the gems they’ve found. College groups will enjoy the four-hour guided trip to Bushy Creek Mine where they can dig for gems with the help of pneumatic tools carried by the mine’s staff members.

supports classroom learning in:
Science.

topics covered:
Geology, earth science, rocks, elements, gemstones, minerals.

contact info
Name: Office
Phone: 828-765-6130

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: Varies. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Phone, Email. Food Options: Bring Your Own, Outdoor Seating. Cost: Fee

Cave & Mine Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

In history, caves have been used as shelter, as canvases for cave paintings, for rituals, and for food and weapons storage. In addition to historical relevance, caves also have unique geological features. On your tour be on the lookout for crystals, pools of water, stalagmites, and stalactites.

Mines are filled with useful materials that we use today. Coal is used to create electricity. Gold is used in the making of computers and jewelry. Limestone is used to make sidewalks and statues and monuments. Gypsum is used to make wallboards and plaster which is used in the construction of homes. Ask your tour guides about what the processes are like for mining each of these resources. How long does it take? What do each of these look like in their raw state?

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Gem Mountain

Located in close proximity to Asheville, Boone, and Hickory, North Carolina, Gem Mountain features a variety of precious stones for your group to discover. The site offers tours of the new Hoot Owl Mine, as well as the Brushy Creek Aquamarine Mine. Groups can head over to the flume to receive two-gallon buckets filled with several gemstones including aquamarine, emerald, moonstones, garnet, citrine, ruby, amethyst, sapphire and others for panning. Complimentary stone inspections conducted by experienced staff are available. All gems collected can be taken home. Educational programs are available to supplement school, scout, homeschool, and camp field trips.

contact info

Hrs: Vary by season.

Scouts

You scout troop will become junior rockhounds on field trips to Gem Mountain. Scouts will have an exciting adventure in the flume while uncovering local treasures such as Wiseman and Brushy Creek aquamarine, Crabtree emerald, and many others. The covered flume allows scout groups to visit for panning rain or shine! Educational programs include a gem identification activity where scouts can learn about the gems they have found.

supports scout badges in:
Science.

topics covered:
Geology, earth science, rocks, elements, gemstones, mineral resources.

contact info
Name: Office
Phone: 828-765-6130

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: Varies. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Varies. Food Options: Bring Your Own, Outdoor Seating. Cost: Fee

Cave & Mine Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

In history, caves have been used as shelter, as canvases for cave paintings, for rituals, and for food and weapons storage. In addition to historical relevance, caves also have unique geological features. On your tour be on the lookout for crystals, pools of water, stalagmites, and stalactites.

Mines are filled with useful materials that we use today. Coal is used to create electricity. Gold is used in the making of computers and jewelry. Limestone is used to make sidewalks and statues and monuments. Gypsum is used to make wallboards and plaster which is used in the construction of homes. Ask your tour guides about what the processes are like for mining each of these resources. How long does it take? What do each of these look like in their raw state?

View Lesson Plan>>

Gem Mountain

Located in close proximity to Asheville, Boone, and Hickory, North Carolina, Gem Mountain features a variety of precious stones for your group to discover. The site offers tours of the new Hoot Owl Mine, as well as the Brushy Creek Aquamarine Mine. Groups can head over to the flume to receive two-gallon buckets filled with several gemstones including aquamarine, emerald, moonstones, garnet, citrine, ruby, amethyst, sapphire and others for panning. Complimentary stone inspections conducted by experienced staff are available. All gems collected can be taken home. Educational programs are available to supplement school, scout, homeschool, and camp field trips.

contact info

Hrs: Vary by season.

Camp

Summer camp groups can enjoy a gem-finding adventure in the flume at Gem Mountain. After your campers have uncovered local treasures such as Wiseman and Brushy Creek aquamarine, Crabtree emerald, and many others, they can participate in a gem identification activity. A rainy day summer day won’t hinder your campers from hands-on fun at Gem Mountain, as the flume is covered!

contact info
Name: Office
Phone: 828-765-6130

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: Varies. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Phone, Email. Food Options: Bring Your Own, Outdoor Seating. Cost: Fee

Cave & Mine Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

In history, caves have been used as shelter, as canvases for cave paintings, for rituals, and for food and weapons storage. In addition to historical relevance, caves also have unique geological features. On your tour be on the lookout for crystals, pools of water, stalagmites, and stalactites.

Mines are filled with useful materials that we use today. Coal is used to create electricity. Gold is used in the making of computers and jewelry. Limestone is used to make sidewalks and statues and monuments. Gypsum is used to make wallboards and plaster which is used in the construction of homes. Ask your tour guides about what the processes are like for mining each of these resources. How long does it take? What do each of these look like in their raw state?

View Lesson Plan>>

Gem Mountain

Located in close proximity to Asheville, Boone, and Hickory, North Carolina, Gem Mountain features a variety of precious stones for your group to discover. The site offers tours of the new Hoot Owl Mine, as well as the Brushy Creek Aquamarine Mine. Groups can head over to the flume to receive two-gallon buckets filled with several gemstones including aquamarine, emerald, moonstones, garnet, citrine, ruby, amethyst, sapphire and others for panning. Complimentary stone inspections conducted by experienced staff are available. All gems collected can be taken home. Educational programs are available to supplement school, scout, homeschool, and camp field trips.

contact info

Hrs: Vary by season.

Homeschool

A field trip to Gem Mountain will complement your geology curriculum with hands-on learning for homeschool groups. Homeschoolers will take on the role of prospectors in the flume mine while uncovering a variety of gems, including local treasures such as Wiseman and Brushy Creek aquamarine, Crabtree emerald, and many others. After, homeschoolers can participate in a gem identification activity where to learn about the gems they’ve found.

topics covered:
Geology, earth science, rocks, elements, gemstones, minerals.

contact info
Name: Office
Phone: 828-765-6130

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: Varies. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Phone, Email. Food Options: Bring Your Own, Outdoor Seating. Cost: Fee

Cave & Mine Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

In history, caves have been used as shelter, as canvases for cave paintings, for rituals, and for food and weapons storage. In addition to historical relevance, caves also have unique geological features. On your tour be on the lookout for crystals, pools of water, stalagmites, and stalactites.

Mines are filled with useful materials that we use today. Coal is used to create electricity. Gold is used in the making of computers and jewelry. Limestone is used to make sidewalks and statues and monuments. Gypsum is used to make wallboards and plaster which is used in the construction of homes. Ask your tour guides about what the processes are like for mining each of these resources. How long does it take? What do each of these look like in their raw state?

View Lesson Plan>>

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