Gem Mountain

Discover a world of precious stones at Gem Mountain. Located in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, groups will learn about gems through hands on experiences as they pretend to be prospectors in the mine. Groups will receive two-gallon buckets filled with several gemstones including aquamarine, emerald, moonstones, garnet, citrine, ruby, amethyst, sapphire and others. 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. All gems collected can be taken home.
Contact Info 
Address: 13780 Highway 226 South, Spruce Pine, NC 28777. Mitchell County. Tel: 888-817-5829. Email: Website: Hrs: Mar.-Dec. 9AM-5PM.
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1.5-4 hours. Cost: Fee.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Caves and Mines Lesson Plan

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 features like crystals, pools of water, stalagmites, and stalactites. Students observe the unique geological features of caves and learn how minerals are unearthed and mined. ... Continue