“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” —Genesis 1:1
hose 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 Roy, Paul 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!
Included in This Tour
- 4 days of instruction, inspiration and fellowship – and some exercise!
- Two full-day expert guided creation tours on Mount St. Helens.
- Fantastic resources from our speakers, creation ministries.
- Small group size, loads of flexibility.
- Reusable volcano mold and plaster.
- Landmark’s famous finale quiz with neat prizes!
- Lifetime of memories!
Ticket Pricing Information
- 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.
Spirit Lake Hike
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. 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.
Watch the Spirit Lake log mat in motion!
Johnson Ridge Excursion
- Mount St. Helens Creation Center
- Harry Gardner Park
- Forest Learning Center
- Castle Lake Viewpoint
- Hummocks Trailhead
The 2.3-mile hike starts here (about 2 hours). The purpose is to see first-hand evidence of biological recovery following the eruption. We will be looking at how plants like prairie lupines and red alders led the recovery, and how both plants’ life cycles cannot be explained by evolution.
- Johnston Ridge Observatory (milepost 52)
Optional 1-hour hike along the boundary trail, where you will see (with binoculars) into the canyon, where the sedimentary layers are quite clear. 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.
Monday, August 19
Summit St. Helens: This is an opportunity prior to the conference to scale the summit of St. Helens. Permits are required and participants must be physically fit. If you are interested, we can provide contact information. This is facilitated by a local group that is not affiliated with Landmark Events.
Tuesday, August 20
Wednesday, August 21
Thursday, August 22
Friday, August 23
Saturday, August 24
Saturday, August 24 (optional):Additional excursion with Paul Taylor (not included in registration). Contact Paul Taylor at Mt. St Helens Creation Museum for details and scheduling at (360) 274-5737 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This will take in viewpoints on the South of the volcano: June Lake and waterfall (including 0.5-mile walk), Lahar Viewpoint, Lava Canyon (including 1.3-mile walk, with canyon suspension bridge), the Trail of Two Forests (short 0.3-mile stroll, plus picnic area for lunch), and the entrance to the Ape Cave.
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.
How the Catastrophic events of 1980 are best understood in the context of the biblical worldwide flood.
A look into the resilience of the creation, and some comparisons to what must have occurred following the great flood described in the Bible.
Dr. Tim Clarey
From rapidly formed stratification to upright deposited logs, Mount St. Helens to serve as a miniature laboratory for catastrophism.
An introduction to the life of Charles Darwin, examining his youth, and the influences that made him the man he was, and molded his opinions.
A trip to remote Alaskan wilderness to document the overwhelming evidence for creation, the worldwide flood, an ice age, and the forces of catastrophism.
A biblically based foundation for defending the Faith.
Dr. Tim Clarey
Strong geological evidences demonstrate that Earth is just thousands of years old, as the biblical narrative and genealogies indicate.
Proverbs 25:2 provides encouragement to “seek out” an understanding of our world.
Dr. Tim Clarey
Extremely widespread geological strata and their contained marine fossils provide critical evidence that the ocean once completely covered the continents.
Panel discussion and Q&A session.