“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.
2018 Lecture Topics
(2019 Sessions to Be Posted Soon)
This talk gives an overview of the events of May 1980, and explains why this event was of such significance to biblical Creationists.
Noah’s Flood left the entire earth biologically devastated. Creationists believe that over the tens, hundreds and thousands of years following the Flood, living organisms recovered, eventually producing the ecosystems seen on the modern earth. But is such a belief reasonable? Is the biota really that resilient? And if so, by what ecological mechanisms could such remarkable transformation take place? Since Scripture offers no detailed information on the biological changes that transpired following the Flood, Creationists must look elsewhere for information. One source is the study of recovery from modern disturbances, such as the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens which produced a 230-square-mile area of biological devastation termed the “blast zone.” The responses of organisms to this eruption have now been intensely studied for over 35 years generating hundreds of articles. Please join us on May 13 as Dr. Keith Swenson delivers a slide presentation in which he shows us this renewal of life in the blast zone, noting the resilience of the creation, and suggesting some comparisons between what happened at Mount St. Helens and what must have occurred globally following the great flood described in the Bible.
When formed in Alaska in 1912, Novarupta was the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century. It released 30 times the volume of magma of the 1980 eruption of Mount St Helens and left an area named the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. Almost a hundred years later, creation researcher Dr. David Shormann traveled to that remote part of the Alaskan wilderness to document the overwhelming evidence for creation, the worldwide flood, an ice age, and the forces of catastrophism. Join us for the adventure as we take a journey into the blast zone!
The flow of lava has had a powerful effect upon the flow of history on a number of notable occasions. Historians still write books about the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in Italy in AD 79. In an explosion releasing more than a hundred thousand times the thermal energy of the atomic bombs dropped in WWII, the eruption buried the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum so quickly that those sites have provided historians, archeologists and cultural anthropologists with a unique laboratory of investigation, frozen in time—a treasure trove of the relics of divine judgement. In more recent times, the eruption of Krakatoa and volcanic activity in Hawaii have once again reminded us that man controls neither the creation nor history, but must stand in awe of God, recognize His Sovereign control of the events of the past and present, and submit to His authority.
As creationists, we sometimes give the impression that we are trying to convince people that the Bible is true, by giving them irrefutable scientific evidence. This approach does not work, because there is always “evidence” that seems to point the other way. Instead, we need to understand how to put our evidence in the context of the unadmitted knowledge of God and the Bible, which Romans 1 tells us all “unbelievers” already have. This talk is based on a chapter of Paul Taylor’s book Only Believe.
We are made in God’s image, yet most Christians don’t truly understand this amazing truth. From the beginning, the enemy has tried to deceive mankind, convincing them that they are nothing more than animals. In this session, we’ll talk about why this battle is real, and how to equip families to stand strong in the midst of a world that is buying into the deception!
The account of God’s superintendence of the created world down through the ages is found throughout the Bible. Many philosophers, theologians, historians and scientists from the 18th century to the present have attacked the biblical doctrine of providence as it relates to the created order and the “natural” world. We will take a look at what the Bible says about this important doctrine in light of “natural disasters,” and how we ought to view the uses God has made of them.