2023 Basic Prospecting Course & CONTEST!

May 1st – May 7th, 2023

Every Year the Chamber of Mines of Eastern BC

offers a Basic Prospecting Course. 

Subjects covered are:

Mineral Identification

Rock Identification

Ore Deposits

Strategic Minerals, Industrial Minerals & Mineral Economics

Geochemical & Geophysical Surveys

Placer Mining

Prospecting Procedures & Mineral Titles

Structural Geology

Local Geology and Placer Field Trips

LOCATION: Chamber of Mines Office/Museum – 215 Hall St., Nelson, BC

SCHEDULE: Monday through Friday evenings – 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

              Saturday: Placer field trip 8:30 AM to 3:30PM

        Sunday: Hard rock/regional geology 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

COST:  –  $525.00 includes a textbook, a mineral ID tool kit, course certificate and other supplies.


With the purchase of a ticket, you will be entered into a draw for 1 seat in our Basic Prospecting Course held from May 1st – 7th, 2023

and a Prospecting Kit consisting of

1 – Deluxe Garrett Gold Panning Kit 

1 – Garrett Edge Digger with Sheath for Belt Mount

1 – Garrett Field Bag

1 – Garrett Cloth Bag

1 – Garrett Specimen Pouch

1 – Field Notebook with Water Resistant Paper

1 – 30X Pocket Loupe

1 – Lanyard

1 – Streak Plate

1 – Magnet Pen

1 – Pair of Work Gloves

2 – Large Sample Bags

1 – Amethyst Crystal

1 – Acid Testing Bottle

1 – Copy of E.L. Faulkner’s Introduction to Prospecting Book

Tickets are $25 for 1 or $60 for 3

Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber of Mines (215 Hall St. Nelson, BC)

You can also call us at 250-352-5242 to arrange over the phone payment or email us at


To register, contact and submit the fee to Brad Gretchev at the Chamber.

INSTRUCTORS: The course is taught by local experienced geologists and prospectors who volunteer their time to keep costs down and support ongoing activities of the Chamber.

215 Hall Street, Nelson, BC or call (250)352-5242 or email