Examine everything carefully, hold fast to that which is good.
1 Thess. 5:21

Creation Encounter
2014 Tour Schedule

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Gorge Natural History Hike

March 22, 2014

The Pine-Oak woodland east of White Salmon, WA is an excellent place to study the unique natural history of the Gorge. Led by Steve Hayley, John Hergenrather, and Marianne Pike, we will enjoy many spring wildflowers and find a variety of wildlife including the interesting Lewis Woodpecker (illustration below by Marianne Pike) and birds of prey. We will observe certain plants that are endemic, i.e. found only in the Gorge and ponder why that is so. We will discover three different kinds of boulders (erratics) that came from hundreds of miles away and ponder why that is so. We will examine the mysterious mima mounds and ponder why they are so.

Meet at Starbucks near the Hood River Bridge at 9:00 am and return by 3:30 pm. Each family will receive an interesting and helpful creation fieldbook of the Gorge. The suggested donation for the trip is $25 for families and $15 for individuals.

Please register below; more details will be sent upon registration.



Creation Mysteries of the Columbia Gorge

April 5, 2014

Taking several short hikes, we will collect cobbles transported 400 miles by Noah’s Flood and find petrified wood. In some places the wood is only charcoaled and is still burnable, though it is said to be 15-16 million years old! On this trip students will handle “rock solid” evidence for a young earth and a global Flood and we will discuss why this is important for our trust in the accuracy of the Bible. We will also encounter amazing plants and animals that speak of the hand of our Creator.

Meet at Starbucks near the Hood River Bridge at 9:00 am and return by 3:30 pm. The suggested donation is $25 for families and $15 for individuals and includes a useful fieldbook. Register below; more details will be sent upon registration.



Deschutes Wildlife Hike

April 26, 2014

Plentiful wildlife and sunny weather usually greet us on this leisurely 4.5 mile round trip walk along the Lower Deschutes River. Some of us may choose to “walk the extra mile” to find petrified wood and discuss the Flood conditions that fossilized it. Led by Steve Hayley, John Hergenrather, and Marianne Pike, we will encounter a variety of plants and animals and rocks, but our emphasis will be the abundant bird life. Passing through beautiful streamside habitat, we watch many kinds of migratory birds and discuss the marvels that our Creator has endowed them with. We will also see remnants of the old Oregon Trail and find occasional granite boulders and cogitate on how they got there.

Meet at 8:30 am (return by 3:30 pm) at the south end of the Deschutes River Campground. The suggested donation is $25 for families and $15 for individuals. The price includes a useful field book on pertinent subjects. To facilitate wildlife sightings, there is limited enrollment, so register early.



The Seven Wonders of the Gorge Field Trip

May 3, 2014

This popular luxury bus tour will visit historical sites and see phenomenal creation evidences found in the Columbia Gorge. We will consider how the evidence observed in the Columbia Gorge fits with the Creation Worldview and the Evolution Worldview. With several short walks, we will enjoy Celilo Falls overlook, examine petrified trees in the basalt rock of the Gorge, drive through Fairbanks Gap Missoula Flood spillway, see giant current ripples on a huge stranded delta, ponder "Mystery Mima Mounds," observe the Oregon Trail Deschutes River crossing, and walk the Mosier archeological site. We will also find petrified wood between basalt layers and collect quartzite cobbles transported from the Rocky Mountains. The cost of the trip is $40 per person. Please register below; more details will be sent upon registration.



Damascus Christian School 9th Grade Outdoor School
The John Day Fossil Area

May 7-10, 2014

This is a custom trip planned in cooperation with Damascus Christian School and Creation Encounter. Rich fossil deposits and fascinating geology and scenery make the John Day area an excellent outdoor classroom. While digging fossils we will discuss the story that they tell about pre-flood life on earth and the catastrophic conditions that buried them. We will also explore other amazing evidences for Noah’s Flood, examine Indian pictographs, and have plenty of time for fun and fellowship. Our base camp will be the Fish House Inn and campground in Dayville, OR.



First Class Clackamas Teens Day Hike
Wonders of the West Gorge

June 2, 2014

This is a custom trip planned in cooperation with the parents and teachers of the F.C.C.T. home school academic community. (See the August 9 - Wonders of the West Gorge for a trip description).



Creation Mysteries of the Columbia Gorge #2

June 7, 2014

This second trip is essentially a repeat of the April 5 trip. Actually we are offering this popular trip three times this year: April 5, June 7, and October 11. The suggested donation is $25 for families and $15 for individuals and includes a useful fieldbook of Gorge information from a biblical creationist perspective. Register below; further details will be sent upon registration.



Yellowstone/Grand Teton Family Adventure

June 22-28, 2014

Spend an unforgettable week in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons with creation scientists Michael Oard, Brent Carter, Dennis Bokovoy, and John Hergenrather. During the trip we will witness some of the greatest scenery and evidences in the world for the authenticity of the Bible. On our hikes in the Tetons, we will experience unparalleled majestic scenery – the result of horrific catastrophe! The Tetons dramatically showcase the stages of Noah’s Flood and the following single Ice Age. Yellowstone has a concentration of more geothermal features and beautiful petrified trees than any other place on the planet. We will see many large mammals not often seen in the wild – incredible creations that defy evolution!

This adventure is a 7 day family-vehicle-caravan which officially begins on Sunday evening, June 22 and ends Saturday morn, June 28. This leaves two weekends for travel to and from. We have secured great group rates for round trip tickets up the Teton Village Aerial Tramway 4000 feet to the top of Rendezvous Mountain and a boat shuttle across Jenny Lake (both are spectacular starting points for our hikes and creation studies). Most of us will camp together 6 nights in tents or RVs (but no hook ups) in a group site at Colter Bay Village in the Tetons. If you choose to rent a cabin nearby, you must make your own arrangements ASAP (800-628-9988; www.gtlc.com). The suggested donation amount below includes tent & RV fees, all guiding and instruction, plus tram and boat tickets.

Adults (18 & up) ........................... $100
Teens 12-17 ........................................ $90
Children 11 & under ...................... $80
Carry Ons (1 year & under) ..... N/C

In addition, each family will receive a 30 page field book with useful charts and color illustrations. Our textbook, co-authored by your guides, will be "Your Guide to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks." (Because some of you already have one, it will be sold separately at the DSA table discount). There are limited spaces available for this unique educational experience, so reserve your place early by sending in your $100 deposit. See more details in the registration form below.



Deschutes Overnight Raft Trip

July 14 & 15, 2014

This two-day raft adventure covers 35 miles of the beautiful Deschutes river country, features an overnight campout, and is fully provisioned by Discovery Outfitters. Led by DSA members Steve Hayley and Rick Thompson, we will present a creationist perspective on the biology, geology and night-sky stars of the Deschutes Canyon. The cost for the trip is $173 per person which includes 2 lunches, a dinner and a breakfast. To register, please call (971)570-0826.



Pastors Trip of the Gorge Bus Tour

July 23, 2014

Led by DSA members Dr. Keith Swenson and Rick Thompson, this is a chance for pastors and other Christian leaders to experience, at no cost to them, a great creation field trip. This is also an opportunity for DSA members to serve others who may be uncertain about the origins debate by letting them see the evidence first hand with guides who will help them understand what they are seeing. The importance of this issue and its affects on how we view scripture should not be taken lightly and creation field trips can help leaders address it in a more informed way.

This is an all-day trip with lunch provided. Spouses and children, over the age of 8, are welcome.

We encourage you to partner with us in this mission by inviting your Christian leader friends. Also consider covering their expenses and coming along with them or by donating to our scholarship fund. If you have leaders to sign up or have any questions, please call (503) 257-0144.



John Day Area Field Trip With a Creationist Perspective

July 23-26, 2014

The John Day Fossil Beds Expedition with guides J.D. Mitchell, Dennis Bokovoy, and John Hergenrather is a special opportunity to study the unique geology and fossils of the John Day Country.We will visit the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument's Painted Hills, Picture Gorge, the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center. You will enjoy many wonderful places and trails in the mountains and canyons of the John Day. We will collect plant fossils at the popular Ochoco National Forest fossil site. A Fossil Dig on private property is on hold at this time. We will let you know if things change.

The Fish House Inn in Dayville, Oregon will be our base camp for 3 nights. We have reserved for our group all of the camping area, rooms in the main house, cottages, and RV spaces. You may select your lodging preference when you register and pay the Fish House Inn when you arrive. You will prepare your own meals or eat out at a restaurant. Campers can cook at their campsite. Those who stay in the main house rooms can share a kitchen and dining room. You will be responsible for all other Individual and family expenses including personal vehicle, lodging and meals.

Each family will receive our John Day Area Field Trip Guide Booklet and two books written by your guides: Discovering the Animals of Ancient Oregon by J. D. Mitchell and Road Guide to the John Day Area of Central Oregon by Dennis Bokovoy, Harold Coffin, and John Hergenrather.

Expedition Cost and Registration: The suggested donation is $75.00 for an individual and $150.00 for a couple or family. To register, click on the registration button below, fill out the Registration Form and send the suggested donation. We expect this trip to fill quickly so register soon. Specific details will be provided after you register.

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Remembering Mount St Helens

August 1-2, 2014

Geologist Dr. Steve Austin and biologist Dr. Keith Swenson will host this Friday seminar and optional hike on Saturday. A highlight of this event is the hike to the Little Grand Canyon, an off trail site which will be done by special permit. For more details go to website CreationAdventures.com or call Becky Gervais 503-510-4157.



Wonders of the West Gorge

August 9, 2014

Led by Steve Hayley, John Hergenrather, and the Pikes, we will explore the major creation evidences between Troutdale and Cascade Locks. Collect quartzites in the Troutdale Formation which have come from over 450 miles away and discuss their significance. Examine petrified wood and charcoaled remains of some forty types of tropical/semi tropical plants and ponder their catastrophic formation. Understand the worldview issues implicit in the interpretive signs for the huge petrified logs at Bonneville. Trip ends at Cascade Locks with the fascinating geological and historical evidence for the legendary Bridge of the Gods.

Meet at 8:30 am at Lewis & Clark State Park in Troutdale from where we will caravan together. Trip ends about 2:30 pm. The cost is $25 per family, $15 per individual. Please register below and more details will be emailed before the trip.

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Damascus Christian School Senior Retreat
The Tetons and Yellowstone

August 29 - September 6, 2014

This is a custom trip planned in cooperation with the teachers at Damascus Christian School and Creation Encounter leaders. See the June 22-28 Yellowstone Family Adventure for a similar trip description.



Mount Adams Recon

September 12-14, 2014

On this informal campout we will enjoy the beauty of the world famous Bird Creek Meadows area and formulate plans for a DSA/Creation Encounter camping trip in September, 2015. Situated 20 miles east of the other Cascade peaks, Mount Adams has a peculiar mix of Cascade and Rocky Mountain ecologies. We will study its unique management challenges, its history and geology from a Biblical view of earth history. Our base camp will be at Bird Lake and most of our day hikes will be throughout Bird Creek Meadows including spectacular Hellroaring Overlook. The cost for participating in the recon is $25 per person which includes campground fees, firewood, maps and a notebook of pertinent material. Bring your own camping gear and food. Limited spaces are available. If interested, please call John at (541) 490-3396.

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Creation Mysteries of the Columbia Gorge for Legacy of Love Homeschooling Group

October 4, 2014

Because of its popularity, we are offering this trip again which is the same as the April 5 description. The suggested donation is $25 for families and $15 for individuals and includes a useful fieldbook.

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Creation Mysteries of the Gorge #3

October 11, 2014

Because of its popularity, we are offering this trip again which is the same as the April 5 description. The suggested donation is $25 for families and $15 for individuals and includes a useful fieldbook.

Register Online


Creation Mysteries of the Gorge for School Groups

October, 2014
Early fall is a beautiful time to be in the Columbia Gorge with your school group. Schedule your own group field trip with John: john@creationencounter.com.


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