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2018 Tour Schedule

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Creation Mysteries of the Columbia Gorge #1

March 24

Year after year this east Gorge trip has been a favorite. 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 charred and is still burnable, though it is said to be 15-16 million years old! On this outing students will handle “rock solid” evidence supporting a young earth and a global Flood and experience why the historical reliability of the Bible is so important. Along the way we usually encounter amazing plants and animals that defy evolution.
 
We meet at Starbucks near the Hood River Bridge at 9:00 am and return by about 3:30 pm. The suggested donation is $25 for families or $15 for an individual, which you may bring the day of the trip. Each family will receive a creation field notebook of the Gorge containing a quiz and other educational activities for kids.

To register please email registrations@creationencounter.com with the following information: 1) name and date of trip, 2) names of adults, 3) names and ages of children, 4) your phone # (cell preferred). With day trips, IT IS NOT NECESSARY to mail us your donation; just bring it the day of the outing. More details will be emailed to you a week or so before the trip.

 



Custom West Gorge Day Trip (Sandy Homeschool Group)

April 7
The West Gorge trip is designed to learn about the major creation evidences between Troutdale and Cascade Locks. We collect quartzites in the Troutdale Formation which have traveled some 450 miles from their source and discuss their significance. Examine petrified wood from the Eagle Creek formation. Enjoy Herman the Sturgeon and other fish at Bonneville Dam and discuss the evolutionary worldview issues implicit in the interpretive signs there. Trip ends at Cascade Locks with fascinating geological and historical evidence for the legendary Bridge of the Gods.


Columbia Hills Blooms and Butterflies

April 28

 

Led by Caitlin LaBar, this hike into the Columbia Hills Natural Area Preserve is located in Washington directly across the Columbia River from The Dalles. It is famous for its springtime displays of wildflowers, especially balsamroot, lupine and paintbrush. It also boasts Washington’s largest populations of three rare and endangered plants. The trail is a well-maintained gravel service road to the radio towers at the top of the ridge. The 2-3 mile round trip hike is exposed (no trees) so be prepared for weather (wind, rain or sun). There are no facilities at the trailhead; nearest are at other trailheads along Hwy 14, 1-2 miles from our turnoff at Dalles Mountain Road.
 
We will meet at 9:30 am at the intersection of Hwy14 and Hwy 197, 2.5 miles north of The Dalles Bridge and return by 3:30 pm. The suggested donation is $25 for families or $15 for an individual, which you may bring the day of the trip. A Washington State day pass @ $10/car/day is required for each parked car. We will provide details for those who want to buy a pass online (some of us may be able to carpool). Each family will receive a field notebook containing useful butterfly and wildflower ID keys and other creation information. We will have some butterfly nets available to borrow.

To register please email registrations@creationencounter.com with the following information: 1) name and date of trip, 2) names of adults, 3) names and ages of children, 4) your phone # (cell preferred). More specifics and reminders will be emailed to you a week or so before the trip.



Central Christian Schools 8th Grade Retreat – John Day Fossil Area

May 16 - 18

 

Rich fossil deposits and fascinating geology and scenery make the John Day area an excellent outdoor classroom. It's a privilege to conduct these multi-day field trips with Christian schools. Much more than “science field trips,” these outings are life-changing – drawing kids together and deepening their relationships with each other and with the Lord (see paragraph at bottom "Why Creation Trips are Important").


Forest Ecology Along the Clackamas River

June 2
Dr Keith Swenson, Professor of Natural Sciences at Multnomah will lead this trip. The upper Clackamas River drainage in the Mt. Hood National Forest is an ideal place in which to study and enjoy Oregon's west side forest. This field trip will be in the form of a mini-course on forest ecology, based on the material taught in the biology program at Multnomah University. Participants will observe old-growth forest as well as sites that have been clearcut logged. We will see the large 36 Pit Fire burn of 2014, learn how to core trees and measure their height, net aquatic organisms in the Clackamas River and identify the major forest plants. Discussion topics will include evidences for design in the forest ecosystem and biblical stewardship of forest resources. Hiking distance will be about 4 miles, some being off-trail.

We will meet at 7:30 am in the Science House at Multnomah University and carpool to the forest. Return time will be about 5:00 pm. Suggested donation will be $25 for families or $15 for an individual.

Please register by emailing Dr. Swenson directly at khswenson@live.com with your 1) name and date of trip, 2) names of adults, 3) names and ages of children, 4) your phone number. More details will be sent prior to the trip.



Custom Gorge Day Trip (Hermiston Homeschool Group)

June 9
This trip has an “Apologia Botany” theme for their homeschool curricula.


Custom West Gorge Day Trip (Salem Homeschool Group)

June 16
We will be caravanning and generally following the "Old Highway" eastward. Expect to see some fascinating biology and evidence for 3 huge catastrophic events that have shaped this beautiful gorge. We will stop at Port of Cascade Locks to consider how Lewis and Clark unravel ed historical and geological evidence for the “Bridge of the Gods” and how it impacted our Oregon pioneers. Also we plan to stop at Bonneville to check out the petrified logs, feed the trout, and see "Herman" the giant Sturgeon.


Yellowstone/Grand Teton Family Adventure

June 23 - July 1
(We must make further reservations; so if you plan to go on this trip, please register by March 1)

Spend an unforgettable week in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons with creation scientists Michael Oard, Dr. Keith Swenson and John Hergenrather. During the trip we will witness some of the greatest scenery and evidences in the world for the historical truth of the Genesis Flood. On our short 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. We will spend a little over half of our time in Yellowstone. 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 6 day family-vehicle-caravan officially begins on Sunday evening, June 24 and ends Saturday morn, June 30. This leaves two weekends for travel to and from. The group hikes are short; but longer hikes are optional. We will secure group tickets for the Teton Village Aerial Tramway 4000 feet to the top of Rendezvous Mountain and next day, take a boat shuttle across Jenny Lake to Cascade Canyon (both are spectacular starting points for short hikes and creation evidence).

 

While in the Tetons, most of us will camp together 4 nights in tents or RVs at Colter Bay Village; in Yellowstone we will spend the last 2 nights at Grant Village. (If you choose to rent a cabin nearby, you must make your own arrangements ASAP (800-628-9988 ;www.gtlc.com). Each participant will receive a 30 page field book with useful charts, diagrams and color illustrations including a journal with questions and activities for the kids. We will also use the book co-authored by your guides,"Your Guide to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks." The suggested donation amount below includes tent & most RV fees, all guiding and instruction, plus tram and boat tickets.

Adults (18 & up) ........................... $132
Teens 12-17 .....................................$90
Children 11 & under ...................… $80
Carry Ons (1 year & under) ..……. N/C

Spaces are limited, FIRST COME FIRST SERVED, so register early for this outing!

To register please email registrations@creationencounter.com with the following information: 1) name and date of trip, 2) names of adults, 3) names and ages of children, 4) your phone # (cell preferred), 5) emergency contact's name and phone #. More details will be emailed to you after receiving your registration. BEFORE MAY 1, calculate your total suggested donation and mail your check made out to:
“John Hergenrather”
1086 Tucker Road
Hood River, OR 97031



Deschutes Overnight Raft Trip

July 8 - 9

This two-day raft adventure covers 35 miles of the beautiful Deschutes river country, features an overnight campout, and is fully provisioned by Peak 7 Outfitters. Led by DSA members Arthur Dunn, Steve Hayley and John Hergenrather, 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 Arthur at (503)660-2298 or (503) 492-3403

(We must make further reservations; so if you plan to go on this trip, please register by May 1)



John Day Fossil Hunting 4-Day Family Camping Trip

July 26 - 29

 

Spectacular scenery and rich fossil beds make the John Day area a great outdoor classroom. This 4-day family camping adventure will be led by John Hergenrather, Dennis Bokovoy, and Rusty Nance. Find fossils in three special areas and ponder the astounding evidences for the Genesis Flood in the John Day Area. Study the stars with Rusty and his 2 telescopes, swim and ponder Indian pictographs in Picture Gorge, visit and discuss the inconsistencies at the Thomas Condon Visitor Center. We will have plenty of time for relaxing, fun and fellowship - especially during the evening campfire programs.

Our base-camp will be at the very nice Fish House Inn and RV Park in Dayville. OR. Participants pay for their own camping or lodging fees. The suggested donation of $165 per family ($100 for an individual) includes four days of guiding and instruction, plus an educational field notebook with special places for kids draw and answer questions. We also will use the published Road Guide to the John Day Area co-authored by your guides John Hergenrather and Dennis Bokovoy (with Dr. Harold Coffin).

 

To register please email registrations@creationencounter.com with the following information: 1) name and date of trip, 2) names of adults, 3) names and ages of children, 4) your phone # (cell preferred), 5) emergency contact's name and phone #. More details and specifics and reminders will be emailed to you a week or so after you register.

(The Inn rooms and RV spaces are limited; so if you plan to go on this trip, please register by May 1)



Two Mount St. Helens Day Trips led by Dr. Keith Swenson:

July or August (tba)
Harmony Trail to Spirit Lake – This day trip will provide a good introduction to Mount St. Helens. The highlight will be a 2.5 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. Multnomah Professor Keith Swenson will lead the trip assisted by other DSA leaders. 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.

 

Loowit and Step Canyon Hike – 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 continuously 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.

For these trips we will meet on different days at 7:30 am in the Science House at Multnomah University and carpool to the trailheads. Return time will be about 5:00 pm. Suggested donation will be $25 for families or $15 for an individual.

To register email Dr. Swenson directly at khswenson@live.com with your 1) name and date of trip, 2) names of adults, 3) names and ages of children, 4) your phone number. Dr. Swenson will email you in back in March with the dates set for each trip. Additional details and reminders will be sent a few weeks prior to the trip. Thanks for your patience.



Damascus Christian School Oregon History Tour/Retreat

August 27 - 31
This custom retreat will be led by Steve Hayley, John Hergenrather, and Rusty Nance in cooperation with Damascus C.S. teachers. On this five-day camping trip/retreat we will experience a fascinating cross section of Oregon history. We start by finding fossils and other amazing evidences for the Genesis Flood in the John Day Area; then examine Kam Wah Chung Museum's amazing story of early Chinese immigrants, then on to gold rush days near Sumpter, next visit the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center near Baker, then ride the beautiful Wallowa Lake gondola for a birds eye view of the effects of the Ice Age and ponder how the geology fits in Bible history. Finally visit the Whitman Mission and learn the little-known story of a revival 200 years ago that not only brought the missionaries west, but 7000 native Americans to the Lord!


DSA Whale Day

August or September (tba)

 

On this captivating day trip, we will join marine biologist Carrie Newell on her Zodiac boat(s) out of Depoe Bay. Carrie can actually “call in” certain whales who are her friends. This is a unique and memorable experience, but spaces will be limited.

To register PLEASE CALL AND EMAIL Arthur Dunn (503) 660-2298 or (503) 492-3403 and ivorboone@gmail.com. Arthur will get back to you in March or April when he has established the date and suggested donation. Thank you for your patience on this one.



Horizon 7th & 8th Grade Retreat – John Day Fossil Beds

September 5 - 7

 

Much like Central Christian School's retreat on May 16-18, this is a custom trip with Horizon Christian School and Creation Encounter leaders. While digging fossils 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 explore other amazing evidences for Noah’s Flood in the area, examine Indian pictographs, answer questions in our journals, and have plenty of time for fun and fellowship.


Opportunity for a Custom Day Trip

September 29 or October 6
These dates are available for your school or youth group Contact John@creationencounter.com if you are interested.


Creation Mysteries of the Gorge #2

October 27

 

We are offering this popular trip two times this year: March 24, and October 27. Please see March 24 for the description of this day trip. Late fall is a beautiful time of year to visit the Gorge. The suggested donation is $25 for families or $15 for an individual which you bring with you the day of the trip. Each family receives a useful fieldbook of Gorge information from a biblical creationist perspective.

To register please email registrations@creationencounter.com with the following information: 1) name and date of the trip, 2) names of adults, 3) names and ages of children, 4) your phone # (cell preferably). More details will be emailed to you a week or so before the trip



WHY CREATION FIELD TRIPS ARE IMPORTANT


In our culture most people think that it took millions of years to make the natural world as we see it around us. But a straightforward reading of the Bible tells a different story. Again and again, the grammar and context of the Hebrew in the Old Testament tells us the days of creation were normal days and not intended to mean long periods of time. And it tells us it was not too many thousands of years ago that, “...in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them...”(Exodus 20:11). Also, in the New Testament Jesus, Peter, Paul, Luke and John all regarded the Old Testament as true history. Jesus said in Mark 10, “But at the beginning of creation God made them male and female.” In John 12:49-50 Jesus reminds us, “For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it . . . So what ever I say is just what the Father told me to say.”
 
In spite of this many pastors are hesitant to proclaim the supernatural creation of God the way Jesus believed it. Many Christian leaders do not believe what the Bible says about the how and when of creation. This thinking causes error and inconsistency on many fronts both biblically and scientifically. The main problem is that this position gives more credibility to naturalistic scientists than it does to God's Word. It gives more value and authority to people critiquing scripture than it does to what the Bible itself clearly says. So it's primarily an authority issue – i.e. where do we go to find truth?
 
There are multiple evidences that show the Bible is a supernatural document, flawless and without error. Yet these sound reasonings and wonderful “apologetics” seem to have little impact on our culture. But something changes in us when we get out and experience the real world with our five senses. Especially when we ponder the geology and landforms, the fossils and archeology, they really only make sense in light of the first several chapters of Genesis. That's why we believe creation field trips make such a difference. When we connect the events and people of scripture with our own time and place, something profound happens to our faith and understanding. We grow closer to our Creator/Redeemer and gain confidence that His every Word from Genesis to Revelation can be trusted, lived by, and acted upon.
 


 
THANK YOU NOTES AND COMMENTS

“It was a highlight to see the State Park Ranger and others standing by to be so interested in your talk and our kid's questions. Thank you for your courage to share how God's creation reinforces God's Word.”
K. Salem, OR
 
“I've experienced a real personal breakthrough on this trip . . .I now know that God's thoughts and ways are better than mine. They are like my cornerstone now.”
L. Damascus, OR
 
“We enjoyed the trip very much! Our children are still showing and describing their fossils to all who enter our home. All the amazing facts you shared with us regarding creation strengthened our faith, and we are left standing in awe of the God of heaven, who truly is a faithful creator!”
K. Dallas, OR
 
“I realized there is no end to it. I mean we barely understand God and His creation and there is so much more to learn and some is way beyond our comprehension.”
J. Damascus, OR
 
“You [leaders] set a wonderful and caring tone for the week. The campfires were a real blessing along with all the new knowledge about the geology and biology...how great our God is!”
R&J, Yacolt, WA



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