Mount St. Helens 2018-06-07T15:35:59+00:00

Event Summary

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” —Genesis 1:1

Those 10 words are under great attack today, and most will say the world is billions of years old and the result of random chance. At 8:32 Sunday morning, May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted in the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States. 230 square miles of forest were scorched or blown down. That great catastrophic event not only shocked the world because of its explosive power, but shook the very foundation of evolutionary theory. Mount St. Helens has provided a massive natural laboratory for the understanding of catastrophic geologic processes, and what we are learning only serves to bolster the validity of the Biblical creation account. Join Dr. Keith Swenson, Pat RoyPaul Taylor and Landmark Events historian Bill Potter for a creation conference that will examine the exciting evidences Mount St. Helens has brought to light, but also explain how a relatively new theory, evolution, took hold and was embraced by the culture so quickly and completely. You will walk on the trails of Mount St. Helens with our expert guides and witness first-hand as they explain how huge geologic changes resulted from rapid processes in a very short amount of time. There is even a Volcano Building Contest! We designed this conference for the entire family, providing young and old with answers and encouragement. Please consider joining us and other families for this unique opportunity for “hands on” Genesis history. Due to trail limitations, we can only take 80 people, so don’t miss out!

Ticket Pricing

Included in This Tour

  • 3 days of instruction and 9 lectures from 3 speakers
  • Full day creation tour on Mt. St. Helens
  • Friday night banquet dinner
  • Fantastic fellowship
  • Volcano construction contest!
  • Built-in fellowship time

Ticket Pricing Information

Adults (16+):$199
Youth (5-15):$169
Child (0-4):FREE
  • Our cancellation policy is simple and reasonable, not punitive. You only pay loss suffered by Landmark Events as a result of your cancellation, no penalty or “service charges”. If the tour is not fully booked at the time you cancel, we will refund your full registration less any nonrefundable payments we made to hotels, coaches, etc. on your behalf. We will gladly issue full refunds for spaces that are re-booked, regardless of the time of cancellation.
  • We recommend you consider travel insurance which can cover losses due to illness, flight cancellations, and lost luggage. InsureMyTrip is a good place to start when researching travel insurance.
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Event Highlights

Expert-led tours – choose one of the following tours included in registration. Please note – you will need your own vehicle and bag lunch. These are remote areas with spotty cell service.


Harmony Trail to Spirit Lake

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. 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.

West Side Car Tour with Paul Taylor

West Side

Stops include:

  • Mount St. Helens Creation Center
  • Sediment Retention Structure
  • Forest Learning Center (lunch)
  • Castle Lake Viewpoint
  • Hummocks Trailhead – hike starts here. Hike is 2.3 miles, about 2 hours.
  • Johnston Ridge Observatory (milepost 52) – The excursion ends at Johnston Ridge, after which guests make their own way down the valley, when you may wish to stop at other centers. If you wish to go into the Observatory, or use the trails, please note that there is a charge of $8 per adult (children 15 and younger free), payable inside the Observatory. The Observatory honors Golden Cards and Inter-Agency Passes.
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Event Speakers

Historian Bill Potter

Historian Bill Potter

An experienced historian and avid bibliophile, Bill Potter combines a lifelong study of American history with an uncommon ability to captivate audiences of all ages as he traces the providential acts of God throughout the ages. Mr. Potter has taught history in high schools and colleges, has led many tours of American and European historical sites and brings to each event a wealth of experience and knowledge. An experienced researcher and writer, Mr. Potter possesses a practical knowledge of antiquarian books, documents, and artifacts and has published several short books and has penned many articles and book reviews for publication. Bill has earned a well-deserved reputation as a man gifted in communicating the story of God’s providential hand in American history. As a father of eight children, he appreciates the necessity of passing on to the succeeding generations the richness of both our regional and national history. He and his wife, Leslie, reside in Virginia.

Pat Roy

Pat Roy

Pat Roy is the co-founder of Creation Quest along with his wife, Sandy and two kids Summer, and Melody. Pat spent 12 years as the radio producer for the Institute for Creation Research (ICR). He began at ICR when Ken Ham was in charge of the radio department. When Ken left, Pat became the Director of Broadcast media. During that time he and his wife, Sandy, created Jonathan Park, a kid’s radio drama which put all that Pat had learned and continued to learn about six-literal-day creation into a format kids could understand and enjoy. From there, Pat and Sandy created Creation Quest, an organization committed to sharing the Gospel and giving families a Biblical and scientific case for Genesis 1.

Dr. Keith Swenson

Dr. Keith Swenson

Dr. Keith Swenson is a retired medical doctor who now teaches courses in biology and geology at Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon. He also served for twenty years as President of Portland’s Design Science Association and was on the board of the Seven Wonders Museum near Mount St. Helens. Keith especially enjoys leading field trips and has taken thousands to Mount St. Helens, the Columbia Gorge, Northwest forests and the Grand Canyon. He co-leads, with Dr. Steve Austin, periodic trips into the “Little Grand Canyon” at Mount St. Helens. He and his wife, Connie, have four grown children.

Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor

Paul and his wife Geri have been the directors of the Mount St. Helens Creation Center since October 1, 2014. Paul has been speaking on creation and apologetics, and against evolution, for over 35 years. He taught science in public (government) schools in the UK for nearly 20 years. He has worked with ministries such as Answers in Genesis and Creation Today, and has spoken in Britain, Ireland, Europe and across the United States, in churches and at conferences. He has authored nine books including The Six Days of Genesis, Itching Ears, and Don’t Miss the Boat.

Event Schedule

Wednesday, August 22

NoonRegistration opens
2:00pmOpening Session
3:30pmSession 2
5:00pmDinner Break
7:30pmSession 3
8:30pmDiscussion & Fellowship

Thursday, August 23

8:00amChoice of Mountain Tours
6:00pmConclusion of Mountain Tours
8:00pmSession 4

Friday, August 24

9:00amSession 5
10:30amSession 6
11:30amLunch Break
1:30pmSession 7
3:00pmSession 8
4:30pmVolcano Construction Contest
6:00pmBanquet Dinner & Discussion
7:30pmClosing Session


We have selected the Red Lion Hotel in Kelso, WA to host our event. Clean and comfortable, this recently renovated hotel is the ideal spot to meet together, as well as the base from which to launch our tours of the mountain and other local attractions.
There is a block of rooms set up under the name Landmark Events for August 21-24. Nightly rates are $92 + tax. There are also spacious parlor suites and executive suites for $135.00 + tax. Each of these has an additional connecting bedroom that is $92 per night. Call the hotel directly at 360-636-4400 ext. 0 for the front desk to make reservations.

Other Travel Information

Nearest Airport: Portland International (PDX)

Transportation: It would be best to rent a car if you fly in as Kelso is about an hour north of Portland Airport. You will need your own car for the mountain tours.

Suggestions on what to bring: We would recommend that you consider bringing a hat, journal, camera, umbrella, and comfortable trail walking shoes or boots as we will walk a lot

Study Prep

Coming soon.

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