Interested in the hobby, but don’t know how to get started? Don’t have a detector, but want to know if this is the hobby for you? Been detecting for a while, and just want to pick up some additional tips? We’ve got a class for you! (see below for schedule).

Susannah, a professional detectorist, will walk you through the steps of getting started in this wonderful hobby. She has hunted in both the United States and England, and has been researching and practicing metal detecting since 1980. She currently presents metal detecting basics classes for the St. Louis County library system, the Missouri Civil War Museum, and the Gateway Metal Detecting Club.

In her Metal Detecting Basics class you will learn technique and tips, equipment, safety, laws and regulations, how to research, where to hunt, resources, and much more. Hands-on training is provided in the last hour of class. You will be searching (but NOT digging) for Roman coins, world coins, or medieval buttons (depending on supplies of each item), which you may then keep.

Come join us for a fun and informative time!


Contact for classes taken through the GMDC.

Contact St. Louis Library HQ (994-3300) for classes taken through the branch libraries. (Tell them the library branch where you will be making your reservation).

Ages 12 and up. Children 12-17 must be accompanied by an adult.


Cost: $10.00 per person. Classes through the St. Louis County Library system are FREE.

Cash or check made out to “GMDC“.

If you are a Gateway club member or become one at the class, there is no charge.


ΔΔΔ ⇒⇒⇒    PLEASE BRING YOUR DETECTOR, MANUAL, AND PINPOINTER. If you do not have one, that’s OK! One can be provided. Just let us know beforehand.


17     Metal Detecting Basics12:00pm-4:30pm. 3505 Sunland Garden Ct., St. Louis, MO 63129 (Call 314 315-0847 to cancel).      (CANCELLED)



26     Metal Detecting Basics. 12:00pm-4:30pm. Samuel C. Sachs Library, 16400 Burkhardt Pl., Chesterfield, MO 63017.


23     Metal Detecting Basics. 12:00pm-4:30pm. Cliff Cave Library, 5430 Telegraph Rd. St. Louis, MO 63129.


28     Metal Detecting Basics.12:00pm-4:30pm. Eureka Hills Library, 156 Eureka Towne Ctr. Dr., Eureka, MO 63025


26      Metal Detecting Basics.  5-9pm. 3505 Sunland Garden Ct., ST. Louis 63129 (call 314-315-0847 to cancel)