The HGMS is a tax-exempt educational organization [501(c)3]. As such, one of our primary missions is earth science and hobby-related education. To do that, we teach adult hands-on classes in lapidary, metalsmithing, and faceting, among others. We also teach core earth science classes in mineralogy and paleontology for adults and children. We offer programs specifically aimed at children at our annual show and offer college scholarships in the earth sciences.