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Creation Encounter
2017 Tour Schedule

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Death Valley Adventure

February 12-17, 2017

Death Valley is one of the hottest and lowest places on the planet. Come and join DSA leaders and other friends on this great winter get-away. ICR graduate Van Wingerden will be our main geologist; Steve Hayley and Marianne Pike will help us learn of the stunning adaptations of the plants and animals in this environment.

Click here to view our Death Valley 2011 video

For four days (Monday through Thursday) we will be driving (car caravan) to the most interesting and scenic spots in the park. Expect to take short hikes of a half to a full mile in length to explore the unique biology, geology, history and hydrology. Average highs in February are in the 70s, lows in the 40s. Our base camp will be Furnace Creek Campground, some of us will stay at nearby Fiddler's Campground, a few of us have opted for a motel room. Most participants will drive down and will be able to bring some camping gear with them for those of us flying.

At this date (February 1) there is only a waiting list available. If you are still interested please call John ASAP. The suggested donation ($135 for adults and $50 for kids under 18) includes campground fees for 5 nights, a 30 page creation field book on Death Valley, all guiding, instruction and evening programs.



Coast Fossil and Marine Biology Field Trip

March 9, 2017

This is a custom day trip planned for a home school association in Salem, OR. Highlight will be hunting fossils on the beach and learning how these point to the Flood of Noah's day. First thing, we will visit the Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay and later ponder the off-shore exposed stumps as evidence for Ice Age forests.



Creation Mysteries of the Gorge

April 8, 2017

On this favorite family outing, while 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 the global Flood; we will discuss why this is important for our faith and our confidence in the accuracy of scripture. We will also encounter amazing plants and animals that reflect the handiwork of God.

Meet at Starbucks near the Hood River Bridge at 9:00 am and return by 3:30 pm. This is a “follow the leader” car caravan, and we will only drive about 20 miles total. The suggested donation is $25 for families and $15 if only an individual and includes a useful field book for the Gorge from a creationist perspective. Please bring the suggested donation with you the day of the trip. REGISTER ONLINE BELOW; more details will be sent a few weeks before the trip.
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Custom John Day Fossil Field Trip

April 22, 2017
This is a one day fossil hunting adventure planned with a Bend home school group. Beautiful scenery, rich fossil deposits and fascinating geology make the John Day area an excellent outdoor classroom. We will discuss the story that the fossils themselves tell about pre-flood life on earth and the catastrophic conditions that buried them. We will also see how the landforms and rock layers themselves testify to the Flood of Noah's Day.


Custom Creation Mysteries day trip

April 29, 2017

This Custom Creation Mysteries trip is essentially a repeat of the creation mysteries trip described above. It is a full-day outing planned for a Yakima Church Group.



Deschutes Wildlife Hike

May 13, 2017

Plentiful wildlife and sunny weather usually greet us on this leisurely 4 ½ 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, Marianne Pike, and Caitlin LaBar, we will encounter a variety of butterflies, plants and animals, but our emphasis will be the abundant bird life. We will see many kinds of migratory birds and discuss the marvels that our Creator designed them with. We will also see remnants of the old Oregon Trail, find occasional granite boulders and ponder 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 if only an individual. The price includes a useful field book on butterflies and birds and other pertinent subjects. Please bring the suggested donation with you the day of the trip. To facilitate wildlife sightings, there is limited enrollment, so register early for this round trip walk! Register on line below; more details will be sent a few weeks before the trip.
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Pastor & Christian Leader’s Gorge Bus Tour

June 14th, 2017
Led by Keith Swenson, Professor of Natural Sciences, and Rick Thompson, Lake Missoula Floods specialist, this all-day bus trip in the Columbia River Gorge is open to anyone. Cost is $60.00 per person and includes lunch but free for pastors and Christian leaders. This is an opportunity for DSA members to invite leaders who may be uncertain about the importance of the origins debate. This has been a very significant experience for leaders when they see the evidence first hand and realize how it affects our view of scripture. It is exciting when we can help pastors and congregations address this issue in a more informed way and that is why we offer it free for pastors and Christian leaders. We encourage you to partner with us in this mission by inviting your Christian leader friends; perhaps also covering their expense and coming along with them or by donating to our scholarship fund. If you would like to donate for this please make your check payable to DSA, write "Pastor's trip" on it and mail it to the DSA address: PMB 218, 465 NE 181st. Ave., Portland, OR 97230. If you have someone to register or have any questions, please call (503) 257-0144.


Central Washington and Sinlahekin Valley

June 22-25, 2017

This is a brand new 4 day family camping adventure. There is so much to see and so little time that some families are opting to stay a few extra days to explore on their own. A highlight of the trip will be exploring the unique mountain valley of the Sinlahekin with Caitlin LaBar leading. Caitlin is the author of a beautiful new field guide featuring the diversity, ecology and amazing butterflies of the Sinlahekin Valley.

The official start of our tour will begin at noon Thursday at the Vernita Bridge Picnic Area. After pondering nearby quartzites and Ginko Petrified Forest we will consider how the global Flood offers the best explanation for what we see. Next day we will explore Missoula Flood and the Ice Age evidence up and down Grand Coulee. The following day we will explore the beautiful Sinlahekin Valley, learn its history and catch butterflies with Caitlin. The tour will end officially at noon on Sunday after a special morning activity.

The suggested donation for this 4 day adventure is $135 per family or $70 if only an individual. This includes all planning, guiding and instruction, and a field book with lots of helpful info on both areas from a biblical creation perspective. Our base camp for all 3 nights will be at Laurent's Sun Village Resort, just south of Dry Falls State Park. We have reserved a block of campsites together under the name of the Creation Encounter group. There are other choices for accommodations in the area, but if you want one of our held campsites, please call them and reserve it for yourself. Their number is (509)632-5664. Please register below. More information and details will be sent after you have registered.
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Mount St. Helens Day Trip – Harmony Trail to Spirit Lake

July 6, 2017

This day trip will provide a good introduction to Mount St. Helens. The highlight will be a 2 mile (round trip) hike on the Harmony Trail to Spirit Lake and the floating log mat. In addition, we will visit an old growth forest, historic Bear Meadow, Meta Lake, and Windy Ridge. Teaching will be based on a biblical creation worldview. Professor Keith Swenson will lead the trip. Please note that moderate physical fitness is required as we will be hiking a total of about three miles and there will be a 600 foot uphill climb coming out from Spirit Lake.

We will meet at 7:00 am in the Science House at Multnomah University and carpool to the mountain. Return time will be about 7:00 pm. Suggested donation will be $25 for families or $15 for an individual. Please bring the donation with you the day of the trip. Please register below. Details will be sent prior to the trip.

Registrations Closed


Deschutes River Rafting Adventure

July 9-10, 2017

This two-day adventure along the beautiful Deschutes River features an overnight campout at Maupin State Park, a full day of rafting, and is fully provisioned by Peak 7 Adventures. Safety on the river is a major emphasis with the Peak 7 ministry. Creation Encounter leaders will present a creationist perspective on the biology, geology and the bright night-sky stars of the Deschutes Canyon. The suggested donation for this trip is only $135 per person. This cost includes fully outfitted rafts and all permits and first-class equipment for a great two day adventure!  It also includes  two lunches, one dinner and a breakfast, all guiding and instruction, and a field book on the Deschutes River Canyon from a creationist perspective. 

Limited space is available for this trip. If interested, please register below and mail your check with the suggested donation to hold your place.  Make your check out to "Arthur Dunn" and mail it to him at 1488 E 10th, Gresham, OR 97080. More details and particulars will be emailed to you after you register. If you have any questions, please email Arthur at ivorboone@gmail.com or you can call him at 503-492-3403

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Mount St. Helens Day Trip – Loowit and Step Canyons Hike

July 12, 2017

This strenuous day hike will visit the most devastated part of the blast zone, including Loowit and Step Canyons and the Pumice Plain. Teaching will be based on a biblical creation worldview and include discussion of both catastrophic geologic processes and rapid biological recovery. Leaders will include Professor Keith Swenson. Please note that a high degree of physical fitness is required for this trip. We will hike a total of about 11 miles, the last 2 of which are mostly uphill at a moderate grade. The trails cross creeks and may in places be unstable due to loose volcanic debris. Also, there is no shade so ample fluids must be carried by each person

We will meet at 7:00 am in the Science House at Multnomah University and carpool to the mountain. Return time will be about 7:00 pm. Suggested donation will be $25 for families or $15 for an individual. Please bring the donation with you the day of the trip. Please register below. Details will be sent prior to the trip.

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Creation Mysteries of the Gorge #2

July 22, 2017

This second Creation Mysteries trip is essentially a repeat of the April 8 trip. Actually we are offering this popular trip three times this year: April 8, July 22, and October 28. On all three we will see multiple evidences that recent and catastrophic processes laid down most of the rocks and fossils, and not millions of years of natural processes. The suggested donation is $25 for families or $15 for an individual and includes a useful field book of Gorge information from a biblical creationist perspective.

Meet at Starbucks near the Hood River Bridge at 9:00 am and return by 3:30 pm. This is a “follow the leader” car caravan, where we only drive about 20 miles on the Washington side. The suggested donation is $25 for families and $15 if only an individual and includes a useful field book for the Gorge from a creationist perspective. Register below; more details will be sent a few weeks before the trip. Bring your donation with you the day of the trip.

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DSA Solar Eclipse Get Together

August 21, 2017
We have a secured spot in Madras, OR to view this rare event with Dr. Faulkner of Answers in Genesis. The darkest part of total solar eclipse is around 10 AM Monday morning, August 21st. Our plan is to meet VERY early (tentatively 4 AM) at a designated location where we will bus over to our sight in Madras. For more details about this event, go to the Design Science Association website: designsciencenw.org. We will have a limited number of seats in our bus(es).

REGISTRATION BELOW FOR THIS EVENT IS REQUIRED. If you still have other questions about this tour, contact Marianne Pike at mmpike2@gmail.com. 

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Damascus Christian School Retreat (Yellowstone/Grand Tetons)

August 25 - September 2, 2017

This is a custom camping trip planned in cooperation with the teachers at Damascus Christian School and Creation Encounter leaders. During the Biblical Flood, northwest Wyoming seemed to receive more than its share of destruction. We marvel that today that this is an area of unparalleled beauty. This reminds us of His handiwork in our own lives; He has "redeemed our life from destruction" and given us "beauty for ashes." The Senior Class Retreat is an important opportunity to strengthen class unity and have the students consider how they want to impact their school their final year.



Discovering Creation Evidence at Mt. St. Helens - A 3-day Retreat for Horizon Christian School 7th and 8th Graders

September 6-8, 2017
Students will study geologic features that formed in a very short time; formations which geologists have assumed took thousands of years to produce. We will also study the rapid recovery of plants and animals since the devastation of 1980. We will discuss these observations in the context of the Biblical Flood. Our home base will be Cispus Learning Center, which will provide lodging, meals and meeting places for our evening programs.



Custom Day Trip

September 30 or October 7, 2017
These dates are available for a youth group trip – contact john@creationencounter.com if you are interested.


Creation Mysteries of the Columbia Gorge #3

October 28, 2017

This third Creation Mysteries trip is essentially a repeat of the April 8 trip. Actually we are offering this popular trip three times this year: April 8, July 22, and October 28. On all three we will see multiple evidences that recent and catastrophic processes laid down most of the rocks and fossils, and not millions of years of natural processes. The suggested donation is $25 for families or $15 for an individual and includes a useful field book of Gorge information from a biblical creationist perspective.

Meet at Starbucks near the Hood River Bridge at 9:00 am and return by 3:30 pm. This is a “follow the leader” car caravan, where we only drive about 20 miles on the Washington side. The suggested donation is $25 for families and $15 if only an individual and includes a useful field book for the Gorge from a creationist perspective. Register below; more details will be sent a few weeks before the trip. Bring your donation the day of the trip.

Register Online


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