The Greater Denver Area Gem and Mineral Council, Inc., host of the Denver Gem & Mineral Show™, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes. Trustees from each of our eight member clubs sit on the Council Board. The Council oversees the annual show, and twice each year, the Council distributes proceeds from the show in the form of grants to not-for-profit organizations, particularly those based in Colorado, to promote activities that educate the public in the earth sciences.

The Council was formed to support:
1. The exhibition, exploration, experimentation, and education in the earth sciences;
2. The discovery, development and preservation of minerals and mineral deposits;
3. The advancement, encouragement and utilization of the principal of art and craftsmanship as applied to gems and minerals;
4. Conducting an annual, family orientated Gem and Mineral Show / Exhibition;
5. The disbursement of grants and gifts in the form of money for the advancement of the arts and sciences within the field of interest of the Council.

Annual giving ranges from $20,000 to $30,000. Funds are directed toward site and specimen preservation and display efforts, as well as to assist institutions in purchasing equipment, tools, and supplies. Recent grant recipients have included the Denver Museum of Nature and ScienceColorado School of Mines Geology MuseumDinosaur RidgeMorrison Natural History Museum FoundationHinsdale County Historical SocietyCanyon City Geology ClubBig Horn Basin Foundation, and the Junior Museum of Pennsylvania.

An organization requesting a Grant must:
1. Be classified as a Not-for-Profit organization by the Internal Revenue Service;
2. Promote activities that educate the public in the earth sciences;
3. Agree to report to the Council within one year detailing the actual use of the Grant and an overall assessment of the program or project funded;
4. Submit a completed Grant Application.

The Council generally will not consider:
1. Grants or loans to individuals;
2. Education aid or scholarships;
3. Grants for labor costs.

The Grant Application is available here.

Meet The Council

Dale Gann

Ian Duncanson

Vice President

Bill Jones Treasurer

Larry Havens Secretary

George Daggett

Show Chair


The Denver Gem & Mineral Show is held in the Expo Hall of the Denver Mart at 451 E 58th Ave, Denver, 80216. We are just a few blocks east of I-25 at exit 215 (58th Ave).

Coming from the North Take Interstate 25 South to exit #215 (58th Avenue) and turn left onto 58th Avenue

Coming from the South Take Interstate 25 North to exit #215 (58th Avenue) and turn right onto 58th Avenue

Coming from the East Take Interstate 70 West to Interstate 25 North. Take exit #215 (58th Avenue) and turn right onto 58th Avenue

Coming from the West Take Interstate 70 East to Interstate 25 North. Take exit #215 (58th Avenue) and turn right onto 58th Avenue

Parking, Shuttle & Admission

Parking at the Mart is free, but the lot can fill up requiring visitors to park nearer other entrances to the Mart. Visitors may also access the show through the Plaza entrance.

Admission is $7 for adults; $5 for seniors, teens 13 to 19 years old, and US military personnel. Children under 13 are admitted free with an adult. Scouts and leaders in uniform are also admitted free of charge. Three-day passes are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors/teens/military. When planning your visit, please be aware that the ticket line at the Expo entrance will be longest in the morning.

See you at the show!

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