Building Strong Foundations: A Family Homeschool Experience

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May
9
2022
to May 14

Williamstown, KY

Answers Center - Ark Encounter

Registration for this conference has sold out.


It’s a family homeschool experience! Tour the life-size Ark Encounter with exclusive after-hours access, meet the animals in Ararat Ridge Zoo, visit the Creation Museum, relax and enjoy concerts, presentations, and break-out sessions, kids and teens discover truth with hands-on science programs, animal encounters, and more, shop our vendor hall for homeschooling resources, have a “mom’s night out,” and so much more!

Dive deep with biblical worldview teaching from keynote speakers Ken Ham and Heidi St. John. Be inspired by Kirk Cameron during his “American Campfire Revival Tour” special event. Break-out sessions feature Answers in Genesis experts equipping you to better incorporate science, apologetics, critical thinking, and the gospel into your homeschool teaching. Hands-on programs fascinate kids and teens while teaching them a creation worldview. The whole family will leave encouraged and equipped with God’s Word.

Building Strong Foundations is more than just a homeschool conference—it’s an experience for the whole family!


This event is in partnership with Master Books, BJU Press, Homeschool Freedom, Indiana Association of Home Educators (IAHE), Christian Home Educators of Kentucky (CHEK), Christian Home Educators of Ohio (CHEO), and Tennessee Home Education Association (THEA).

Registration

This conference is sold out.

Includes:

Free Admission to Creation Museum and Ark Encounter

Registration includes seven-day admission to the Ark Encounter and the nearby Creation Museum. Parking is also included.

Event Cost

Price: $119.00

Pricing listed for individuals. Registration for families is $199. (Family consists of one or two parents and their dependent children 17 and under.)

Location

1 Ark Encounter Dr.
Williamstown, KY 41097

Schedule for May 9–11

Monday, May 9
Time Description Location
10:30 a.m. Check in Answers Center
12:30 p.m. Welcome Answers Center
12:35 p.m. General Session | Ken Ham Answers Center
1:45 p.m. Break  
2:15 p.m. General Session | Corrie ten Boom: A Light in Dark Places with Vicki Gaynier Answers Center
  Workshops (See descriptions.)  
  Hands-on Science at Home | Roger Patterson Answers Center Lab
  Forensic DNA Fingerprinting | Jennifer Rivera Answers Center Lower Level Room 1
  Scripture Sleuths | Dana Sneed Answers Center Lower Level Room 2
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Secrets of the Ark | Tim Chaffey  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Birds of the Ark | Jessica Jaworski  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Horticulture and Greenhouse | Kim Smith  
  2:15 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark I (25 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  2:40 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark II (25 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  Amazing Animals Animal Actors Stage
  Ice Age Giants | Stephen Leavelle Rainbow Gardens
  Sssensational Sssnakes Noah’s Village Stage
3:05 p.m. Break  
3:35 p.m. General Session | Leigh Bortins Answers Center
  Workshops (See descriptions.)  
  Forensic Hair Microscopy | Jennifer Rivera Answers Center Lab
  The Golden Ratio | Patrick Kanewske Answers Center Lower Level Room 1
  Teaching Critical Thinking Skills | Dana Sneed Answers Center Lower Level Room 2
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Dinosaurs of the Ark | Kyle Morris  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Birds of the Ark | Jessica Jaworski  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Horticulture and Greenhouse | Kim Smith  
  3:35 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark I (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  4:05 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark II (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  Amazing Animals Animal Actors Stage
  The Inside-Out Zoo | Stephen Leavelle Rainbow Gardens
  Sssensational Sssnakes Noah’s Village Stage
4:35 p.m. Break  
5:00 p.m. General Session | Israel Wayne Answers Center
  Workshops (See descriptions.)  
  Bible in Motion: Old Testament | Bryan Osborne Answers Center Lab
  The Golden Ratio | Patrick Kanewske Answers Center Lower Level Room 1
  Teaching Science from a Biblical Worldview | Jennifer Rivera Answers Center Lower Level Room 2
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Secrets of the Ark | Tim Chaffey  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Birds of the Ark | Jessica Jaworski  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Horticulture and Greenhouse | Kim Smith  
  5:00 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark I (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  5:30 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark II (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  Amazing Animals Animal Actors Stage
  Dinosaur Detectives | Stephen Leavelle Rainbow Gardens
  Sssensational Sssnakes Noah’s Village Stage
6:00 p.m. Break  
7:00 p.m. Evening Options  
  K9 Encounter
Answers Center
  Mom’s Night Out Emzara’s Upper Level | Heidi St. John
Tuesday, May 10
8:58 a.m. Welcome Answers Center
9:00 a.m. Concert | BJU Grass Answers Center
9:30 a.m. General Session | Leigh Bortins Answers Center
  Workshops (See descriptions.)  
  The Busy Mom’s Guide to Romance | Heidi St. John Emzara’s Second Floor
  Hands-on Science at Home | Roger Patterson Answers Center Lab
  Forensic DNA Fingerprinting | Jennifer Rivera Answers Center Lower Level Room 1
  Teaching Students with Diverse Learning Needs | Heather Jenkins Answers Center Lower Level Room 2
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Dinosaurs of the Ark | Kyle Morris  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Birds of the Ark | Jessica Jaworski  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Horticulture and Greenhouse | Kim Smith  
  9:30 a.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark I (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  10:00 a.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark II (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  Amazing Animals Animal Actors Stage
  Dinosaur Detectives | Stephen Leavelle Rainbow Gardens
  Sssensational Sssnakes Noah’s Village Stage
10:30 a.m. Break  
11:00 a.m. General Session | Israel Wayne Answers Center
  Concert | BJU Grass Noah’s Village Stage
  Workshops (See descriptions.)  
  Forensic Hair Microscopy | Jennifer Rivera Answers Center Lab
  Scripture Sleuths | Dana Sneed Answers Center Lower Level Room 1
  Bible in Motion: Old Testament | Bryan Osborne Answers Center Lower Level Room 2
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Secrets of the Ark | Tim Chaffey  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Birds of the Ark | Jessica Jaworski  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Horticulture and Greenhouse | Kim Smith  
  11:00 a.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark I (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  11:30 a.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark II (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  Amazing Animals Animal Actors Stage
  Ice Age Giants | Stephen Leavelle Rainbow Gardens
  Sssensational Sssnakes Noah’s Village Stage
12:00 p.m. Break  
1:30 p.m. Workshops (See descriptions.)  
  Water: The Miracle Chemical | George Matzko Answers Center
  Hands-on Science at Home | Roger Patterson Answers Center Lab
  Forensic DNA Fingerprinting | Jennifer Rivera Answers Center Lower Level Room 1
  Scripture Sleuths | Dana Sneed Answers Center Lower Level Room 2
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Secrets of the Ark | Tim Chaffey  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Birds of the Ark | Jessica Jaworski  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Horticulture and Greenhouse | Kim Smith  
  1:30 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark I (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  2:00 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark II (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  Amazing Animals Animal Actors Stage
  Ice Age Giants | Stephen Leavelle Rainbow Gardens
  Sssensational Sssnakes Noah’s Village Stage
2:30 p.m. Break  
3:00 p.m. Concert | BJU Grass Noah’s Village Stage
  Workshops (See descriptions.)  
  Invisible Properties of Air | George Matzko Answers Center
  Forensic Hair Microscopy | Jennifer Rivera Answers Center Lab
  The Golden Ratio | Patrick Kanewske Answers Center Lower Level Room 1
  Teaching Critical Thinking Skills | Dana Sneed Answers Center Lower Level Room 2
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Dinosaurs of the Ark | Kyle Morris  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Birds of the Ark | Jessica Jaworski  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Horticulture and Greenhouse | Kim Smith  
  3:00 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark I (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  3:30 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark II (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  Amazing Animals Animal Actors Stage
  The Inside-Out Zoo | Stephen Leavelle Rainbow Gardens
4:00 p.m. Break  
4:30 p.m. Workshops (See descriptions.)  
  Up in Flames | Roger Patterson Answers Center
  Bible in Motion | Bryan Osborne Answers Center Lab
  The Golden Ratio | Patrick Kanewske Answers Center Lower Level Room 1
  Teaching Science from a Biblical Worldview | Jennifer Rivera Answers Center Lower Level Room 2
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Secrets of the Ark | Tim Chaffey  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Birds of the Ark | Jessica Jaworski  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Horticulture and Greenhouse | Kim Smith  
  4:30 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark I (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  5:00 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark II (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  Amazing Animals Animal Actors Stage
  Dinosaur Detectives | Stephen Leavelle Rainbow Gardens
  Sssensational Sssnakes Noah’s Village Stage
5:30 p.m. Break  
6:30 p.m. General Session | Movie Answers Center
Wednesday, May 11
8:58 a.m. Welcome Answers Center
9:00 a.m. Concert | ABC Bell Choir Answers Center
9:30 a.m. General Session | Zan Tyler Answers Center
  Workshops (See descriptions.)  
  The Busy Mom’s Guide to Daylight | Heidi St. John Emzara’s Second Floor
  Hands-on Science at Home | Roger Patterson Answers Center Lab
  Forensic DNA Fingerprinting | Jennifer Rivera Answers Center Lower Level Room 1
  Teaching Students with Diverse Learning Needs | Heather Jenkins Answers Center Lower Level Room 2
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Dinosaurs of the Ark | Kyle Morris  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Birds of the Ark | Jessica Jaworski  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Horticulture and Greenhouse | Kim Smith  
  9:30 a.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark I (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  10:00 a.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark II (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  Amazing Animals Animal Actors Stage
  Dinosaur Detectives | Stephen Leavelle Rainbow Gardens
  Sssensational Sssnakes Noah’s Village Stage
10:30 a.m. Break  
11:00 a.m. General Session | Heidi St. John Answers Center
  Workshops (See descriptions.)  
  Forensic Hair Microscopy | Jennifer Rivera Answers Center Lab
  Scripture Sleuths | Dana Sneed Answers Center Lower Level Room 1
  Bible in Motion: Old Testament | Bryan Osborne Answers Center Lower Level Room 2
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Secrets of the Ark | Tim Chaffey  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Birds of the Ark | Jessica Jaworski  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Horticulture and Greenhouse | Kim Smith  
  11:00 a.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark I (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  11:30 a.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark II (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  Amazing Animals Animal Actors Stage
  Ice Age Giants | Stephen Leavelle Rainbow Gardens
  Sssensational Sssnakes Noah’s Village Stage
12:00 p.m. Break  
1:30 p.m. Concert | ABC Bell Choir Noah’s Village Stage
  Workshops (See descriptions.)  
  Water: The Miracle Chemical | George Matzko Answers Center
  Hands-on Science at Home | Roger Patterson Answers Center Lab
  Forensic DNA Fingerprinting | Jennifer Rivera Answers Center Lower Level Room 1
  Teaching Students with Diverse Learning Needs | Heather Jenkins Answers Center Lower Level Room 2
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Dinosaurs of the Ark | Kyle Morris  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Birds of the Ark | Jessica Jaworski  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Horticulture and Greenhouse | Kim Smith  
  1:30 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark I (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  2:00 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark II (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  Amazing Animals Animal Actors Stage
  Dinosaur Detectives | Stephen Leavelle Rainbow Gardens
2:30 p.m. Break  
3:00 p.m. Concert | ABC Bell Choir Noah’s Village Stage
  Workshops (See descriptions.)  
  Up in Flames | Roger Patterson Answers Center
  Forensic Hair Microscopy | Jennifer Rivera Answers Center Lab
  Scripture Sleuths | Dana Snead Answers Center Lower Level Room 1
  Bible in Motion: Old Testament | Bryan Osborne Answers Center Lower Level Room 2
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Secrets of the Ark | Tim Chaffey  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Birds of the Ark | Jessica Jaworski  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Horticulture and Greenhouse | Kim Smith  
  3:00 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark I (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  3:30 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark II (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  Amazing Animals Animal Actors Stage
  Ice Age Giants | Stephen Leavelle Rainbow Gardens
4:00 p.m. Break  
4:30 p.m. General Session | Ken Ham Answers Center
5:30 p.m. Break  
6:30 p.m. General Session | Kirk Cameron Answers Center
7:30 p.m. Intermission  
7:50 p.m. General Session | Kirk Cameron Outside

Schedule for May 12–14

Thursday, May 12
10:30 a.m. Check in Answers Center
12:30 p.m. Welcome Answers Center
12:35 p.m. General Session | Ken Ham Answers Center
1:45 p.m. Break  
2:15 p.m. General Session | Corrie ten Boom: A Light in Dark Places with Vicki Gaynier Answers Center
  Workshops (See descriptions.)  
  Hands-on Science at Home | Roger Patterson Answers Center Lab
  Forensic DNA Fingerprinting | Jennifer Rivera Answers Center Lower Level Room 1
  Scripture Sleuths | Dana Sneed Answers Center Lower Level Room 2
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Secrets of the Ark | Tim Chaffey  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Birds of the Ark | Jessica Jaworski  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Horticulture and Greenhouse | Kim Smith  
  2:15 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark I (25 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  2:40 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark II (25 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  Amazing Animals Animal Actors Stage
  Ice Age Giants | Stephen Leavelle Rainbow Gardens
  Sssensational Sssnakes Noah’s Village Stage
3:05 p.m. Break  
3:35 p.m. General Session | Snakes Alive Answers Center
  Workshops (See descriptions.)  
  Forensic Hair Microscopy | Jennifer Rivera Answers Center Lab
  The Golden Ratio | Patrick Kanewske Answers Center Lower Level Room 1
  Teaching Critical Thinking Skills | Dana Sneed Answers Center Lower Level Room 2
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Dinosaurs of the Ark | Kyle Morris  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Birds of the Ark | Jessica Jaworski  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Horticulture and Greenhouse | Kim Smith  
  3:35 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark I (25 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  4:00 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark II (25 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  Amazing Animals Animal Actors Stage
  The Inside-Out Zoo | Stephen Leavelle Rainbow Gardens
  Sssensational Sssnakes Noah’s Village Stage
4:20 p.m. Break  
4:50 p.m. General Session | Heidi St. John Answers Center
  Workshops (See descriptions.)  
  Bible in Motion: Old Testament | Bryan Osborne Answers Center Lab
  The Golden Ratio | Patrick Kanewske Answers Center Lower Level Room 1
  Teaching Science from a Biblical Worldview | Jennifer Rivera Answers Center Lower Level Room 2
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Secrets of the Ark | Tim Chaffey  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Birds of the Ark | Jessica Jaworski  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Horticulture and Greenhouse | Kim Smith  
  4:50 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark I (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  5:20 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark II (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  Amazing Animals Animal Actors Stage
  Dinosaur Detectives | Stephen Leavelle Rainbow Gardens
  Sssensational Sssnakes Noah’s Village Stage
5:50 p.m. Break  
7:00 p.m. Evening Options  
  K9 Encounter
Answers Center
  Mom’s Night Out | Heidi St. John Emzara’s Upper Level
Friday, May 13
8:58 a.m. Welcome Answers Center
9:00 a.m. Concert | BJU Grass Answers Center
9:30 a.m. General Session | Michael Farris Answers Center
  Workshops (See descriptions.)  
  Running the Homeschool Marathan | Zan Tyler Emzara’s Second Floor
  Hands-on Science at Home | Roger Patterson Answers Center Lab
  Forensic DNA Fingerprinting | Jennifer Rivera Answers Center Lower Level Room 1
  Teaching Students with Diverse Learning Needs | Heather Jenkins Answers Center Lower Level Room 2
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Dinosaurs of the Ark | Kyle Morris  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Birds of the Ark | Jessica Jaworski  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Horticulture and Greenhouse | Kim Smith  
  9:30 a.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark I (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  10:00 a.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark II (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  Amazing Animals Animal Actors Stage
  Dinosaur Detectives | Stephen Leavelle Rainbow Gardens
  Sssensational Sssnakes Noah’s Village Stage
10:30 a.m. Break  
11:00 a.m. General Session | Michael Farris Answers Center
  Concert | BJU Grass Noah’s Village Stage
  Workshops (See descriptions.)  
  Forensic Hair Microscopy | Jennifer Rivera Answers Center Lab
  Scripture Sleuths | Dana Sneed Answers Center Lower Level Room 1
  Techno Parenting: Navigating Screen Time | Israel Wayne Answers Center Lower Level Room 2
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Secrets of the Ark | Tim Chaffey  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Birds of the Ark | Jessica Jaworski  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Horticulture and Greenhouse | Kim Smith  
  11:00 a.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark I (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  11:30 a.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark II (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  Amazing Animals Animal Actors Stage
  Ice Age Giants | Stephen Leavelle Rainbow Gardens
  Sssensational Sssnakes Noah’s Village Stage
12:00 p.m. Break  
1:30 p.m. Workshops (See descriptions.)  
  Water: The Miracle Chemical | George Matzko Answers Center
  Hands-on Science at Home | Roger Patterson Answers Center Lab
  Forensic DNA Fingerprinting | Jennifer Rivera Answers Center Lower Level Room 1
  Scripture Sleuths | Dana Sneed Answers Center Lower Level Room 2
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Secrets of the Ark | Tim Chaffey  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Birds of the Ark | Jessica Jaworski  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Horticulture and Greenhouse | Kim Smith  
  1:30 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark I (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  2:00 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark II (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  Amazing Animals Animal Actors Stage
  Ice Age Giants | Stephen Leavelle Rainbow Gardens
  Sssensational Sssnakes Noah’s Village Stage
2:30 p.m. Break  
3:00 p.m. Concert | BJU Grass Noah’s Village Stage
  Workshops (See descriptions.)  
  Invisible Properties of Air | George Matzko Answers Center
  Forensic Hair Microscopy | Jennifer Rivera Answers Center Lab
  The Golden Ratio | Patrick Kanewske Answers Center Lower Level Room 1
  Teaching Critical Thinking Skills | Dana Sneed Answers Center Lower Level Room 2
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Dinosaurs of the Ark | Kyle Morris  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Birds of the Ark | Jessica Jaworski  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Horticulture and Greenhouse | Kim Smith  
  3:00 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark I (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  3:30 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark II (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  Amazing Animals Animal Actors Stage
  The Inside-Out Zoo | Stephen Leavelle Rainbow Gardens
4:00 p.m. Break  
4:30 p.m. Workshops (See descriptions.)  
  Up in Flames | Roger Patterson Answers Center
  Bible in Motion | Bryan Osborne Answers Center Lab
  The Golden Ratio | Patrick Kanewske Answers Center Lower Level Room 1
  Teaching Science from a Biblical Worldview | Jennifer Rivera Answers Center Lower Level Room 2
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Secrets of the Ark | Tim Chaffey  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Birds of the Ark | Jessica Jaworski  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Horticulture and Greenhouse | Kim Smith  
  4:30 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark I (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  5:00 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark II (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  Amazing Animals Animal Actors Stage
  Dinosaur Detectives | Stephen Leavelle Rainbow Gardens
  Sssensational Sssnakes Noah’s Village Stage
5:30 p.m. Break  
6:30 p.m. General Session | Movie Answers Center
Saturday, May 14
8:58 a.m. Welcome Answers Center
9:00 a.m. Concert | TrueSong Answers Center
9:30 a.m. General Session | Israel Wayne Answers Center
  Workshops (See descriptions.)  
  Running the Homeschool Marathon: Ten Training Tips | Zan Tyler Emzara’s Second Floor
  Hands-on Science at Home | Roger Patterson Answers Center Lab
  Forensic DNA Fingerprinting | Jennifer Rivera Answers Center Lower Level Room 1
  Teaching Students with Diverse Learning Needs | Heather Jenkins Answers Center Lower Level Room 2
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Dinosaurs of the Ark | Kyle Morris  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Birds of the Ark | Jessica Jaworski  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Horticulture and Greenhouse | Kim Smith  
  9:30 a.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark I (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  10:00 a.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark II (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  Amazing Animals Animal Actors Stage
  Dinosaur Detectives | Stephen Leavelle Rainbow Gardens
  Sssensational Sssnakes Noah’s Village Stage
10:30 a.m. Break  
11:00 a.m. General Session | Zan Tyler Answers Center
  Workshops (See descriptions.)  
  Forensic Hair Microscopy | Jennifer Rivera Answers Center Lab
  Scripture Sleuths | Dana Sneed Answers Center Lower Level Room 1
  Answers for Homeschooling: Top Questions Critics Ask | Israel Wayne Answers Center Lower Level Room 2
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Secrets of the Ark | Tim Chaffey  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Birds of the Ark | Jessica Jaworski  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Horticulture and Greenhouse | Kim Smith  
  11:00 a.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark I (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  11:30 a.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark II (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  Amazing Animals Animal Actors Stage
  Ice Age Giants | Stephen Leavelle Rainbow Gardens
  Sssensational Sssnakes Noah’s Village Stage
12:00 p.m. Break  
1:30 p.m. Workshops (See descriptions.)  
  Water: The Miracle Chemical | George Matzko Answers Center
  Hands-on Science at Home | Roger Patterson Answers Center Lab
  Forensic DNA Fingerprinting | Jennifer Rivera Answers Center Lower Level Room 1
  Teaching Students with Diverse Learning Needs | Heather Jenkins Answers Center Lower Level Room 2
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Dinosaurs of the Ark | Kyle Morris  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Birds of the Ark | Jessica Jaworski  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Horticulture and Greenhouse | Kim Smith  
  1:30 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark I (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  2:00 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark II (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  Amazing Animals Animal Actors Stage
  Dinosaur Detectives | Stephen Leavelle Rainbow Gardens
  Sssensational Sssnakes Noah’s Village Stage
2:30 p.m. Break  
3:00 p.m. Workshops (See descriptions.)  
  Up in Flames | Roger Patterson Answers Center
  Forensic Hair Microscopy | Jennifer Rivera Answers Center Lab
  Scripture Sleuths | Dana Sneed Answers Center Lower Level Room 1
  Techno-Parenting: Navigating Screen Time | Israel Wayne Answers Center Lower Level Room 2
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Secrets of the Ark | Tim Chaffey  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Birds of the Ark | Jessica Jaworski  
  Behind the Scenes Tour: Horticulture and Greenhouse | Kim Smith  
  3:00 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark I (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  3:30 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour: Gardens of the Ark II (30 minutes) | Dale Spada Start at View Point
  Amazing Animals Animal Actors Stage
  Ice Age Giants | Stephen Leavelle Rainbow Gardens
  Sssensational Sssnakes Noah’s Village Stage
4:00 p.m. Break  
4:30 p.m. General Session | Ken Ham Answers Center
5:30 p.m. Break  
6:30 p.m. General Session | Kirk Cameron Answers Center
7:30 p.m. Intermission  
7:50 p.m. General Session | Kirk Cameron Outside

Workshop Descriptions

Zoo Shows

Amazing Animals: Come meet some incredible creatures from around the world up close and learn about God’s design in the animal kingdom!

Sssensational Snakes: Are snakes really as scary, slimy, and sneaky as they say? Learn the sensational truth about some of God's most magnificent and misunderstood creations!

Tactile Shows

Ice Age Giants: North America used to be home to some of the largest land mammals ever. Interact with our fossils and learn about their relatives living in our zoo today.

The Inside-Out Zoo: Learn about God's designs of animals through their bones, skulls, and teeth.

Dino Detectives: What do we know about dinosaurs from the parts they left behind? Learn from some real fossils how these extinct giants are explained start with the Bible.

Experiences

Forensic Hair Microscopy: Have you ever wondered how human hair and animal fur are different? It is fascinating how God created structural differences between different kinds of hair. In this engaging, hands-on, microscopy workshop, you will examine your own human hair along with camel, zorse, zonkey, dog, cat, alpaca, and primate fur to determine the important variations in the forensic trace samples. The individual characteristics in human hair and the unique traits visible in animal fur point toward the all-powerful Creator God.

Join us as we examine the beauty and complexity of God’s creation through forensic hair analysis.

Forensic DNA Fingerprinting: Have you ever wondered about forensic DNA profiling? Would you like to learn the basics of human chromosomes, genes, and DNA? In the beginning, God encoded information into the DNA of all living things. This information provides the instructions on what living things will look like and how they will grow and reproduce. The information within DNA is species specific, allowing parents to pass on their genetic information to their offspring. This is why DNA can be used to create a unique profile or “fingerprint” of one individual. The complex language of DNA points toward the Creator God.

Join us as we explore the complexity of DNA and participate in simulated forensic DNA fingerprinting. Can you solve the crime, “Who ate the cheese?”

Hands-On Science at Home: Whether it is biology, physics, or chemistry, getting your hands on science is the best way to learn about how God’s creation works. Mr. P from Unlocking Science will help you think about how to use every-day and easy-to-get objects to enhance your science education. Getting a little messy is fun as long as you help clean up the mess.

Bible in Motion: How would you like to summarize the entire Old Testament in under 5 minutes? That’s what we’re going to teach you to do in this program! Using hand motions and phrases to identify key biblical characters and events, you will learn to walk through the entire Old Testament chronologically! You will see the Old Testament come alive like never before as you understand where the key people and events fit in their proper historical setting. Seeing the history of the Old Testament unfold in chronological order puts the jumbled pieces of our Old Testament knowledge in their right place. This helps us to see the Bible for what it is, a supernatural revelation of real history that all ultimately points to Christ!

Water: The Miracle Chemical: Water is found running through the pages of Scripture from Genesis through Revelation. A dozen engaging demonstrations will be used to help explain the unique properties necessary for life on earth that we often take for granted.

Invisible Properties of Air: The pressure of the atmosphere goes unnoticed by most, but reflects God design of orderliness in the universe. Watch educational demonstrations for the entire family.

The Golden Ratio: The golden ratio is a special number approximately equal to 1.618. We see the golden ratio displayed in God’s design, in geometry, art, architecture and other areas. You’ll learn the background and theory behind the golden ratio and will construct a Golden Ratio Caliper to help demonstrate where it occurs in God’s design.

Scripture Sleuths: “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts” (Jeremiah 15:16). What does the Bible say? We tend to ask that question when it comes to major life issues, but we don't as often ask when it comes to minor details. If the Bible is the very words of God, then the details are just as inspired, inerrant, and authoritative as the big ideas. Our understanding of biblical accounts should be informed by what scripture says, not creative renditions colored by personal assumption and artistic license. Don your sleuthing hat and join us as we investigate scripture, analyze clues, and piece together a truly biblical understanding of familiar accounts.

Behind the Scene Tours

Dinosaurs on the Ark: Come learn about all of the amazing dinosaurs on board the Ark, including one that had 500 teeth! You’ll also see how these spectacular creatures are woven throughout the Ark Encounter.

Birds of the Ark: Interested in learning more about birds? Join this interactive tour as we explore the birds you will encounter at Ark Encounter.

Secrets of the Ark: Content Manager Tim Chaffey has a unique perspective on the Ark having worked closely with the designers for every exhibit. On this tour learn insights on hidden details, behind-the-scenes information, and little-known facts about the Ark and its exhibits.

Gardens of the Ark: See and learn about all the different types of plants grown on the beautiful grounds of the Ark Encounter including our beautiful Rainbow Garden.

Horticulture and Greenhouse at the Ark: Tour the horticulture department where you will have an opportunity see our nine greenhouses including the agricultural geothermal greenhouse. We grow up to 50,000 plants a year that are used to beautify the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum gardens.

Breakout Sessions

Teaching Students with Diverse Learning Needs: Every child is a special creation of God, designed with purpose, and equipped with different gifts and abilities. So, how do homeschoolers meet their children’s educational needs when every child is so unique? In this session, participants will use examples from Jesus’ earthly ministry as a foundation for examining ways to enhance their child’s homeschool experience. Participants will learn easy-to-use strategies for differentiating and adapting activities for all learners, including those with diverse learning needs.

Teaching Science from a Biblical Worldview: A common misconception is that science and the Bible are two different subjects and should be taught separately. But if science is not taught through the lens of Bible, children begin to trust in the words of secular scientists over those of the Creator God. In this presentation, learn why using the Bible as the foundation while teaching science is the key to developing a biblical worldview in your children.

Teaching Critical Thinking Skills: Teaching students how to think carefully and critically is essential to preparing them to face the cacophony of cultural voices clamoring for their attention. Will your students be equipped to discern truth from fallacy? Learn why critical thinking is biblical thinking and how to train your students to be critical thinkers.

Techno-Parenting: Navigating Screens and Media: Parents today struggle with knowing how to balance their child’s use of technology and screen-time. On the one hand, we want our children to know how to use technology in the ever-changing global economy, but on the other, we struggle with knowing how much screen-time is harmful and addictive. This session will help give you courage and competency to navigate these difficult issues.

Running the Homeschool Marathon: Ten Training Tips: Homeschooling is more like running a 26-mile marathon than a 100-yard dash. If you want to complete the race successfully, you must develop a training strategy that builds your strength, stamina, and vision and enables you to persevere until the end. We will discuss lofty topics like creating a powerful and sustaining vision. And we will look at down-to-earth topics like pacing yourself, choosing curriculum, and developing homeschool mentors and friends. Zan Tyler, who homeschooled her children for 21 years, provides training tips that will help you complete the God-given task of homeschooling and help you and your children “run with endurance the race that lies before us.”

The Busy Mom's Guide™ to Daylight: How to Fit Your Size 16 Day Into a Size 10: Tick Tock. Have you ever experienced a series of days, weeks or even months when you felt like you just could NOT get on top of all that you had to do? Have you just decided that it's either school or dinner? Or maybe you just gave up making dinner and now everyone has matching socks again! Most moms struggle with finding a balance when it comes to staying on top of the all we need to get done.

Tick Tock. Have you ever experienced a series of days, weeks or even months when you felt like you just could NOT get on top of all that you had to do? Have you just decided that it's either school or dinner? Or maybe you just gave up making dinner and now everyone has matching socks again! Most moms struggle with finding a balance when it comes to staying on top of the all we need to get done.

Have you ever read 2 Corinthians 12:9? You probably have... it says, "My strength is made perfect in weakness". Mothering reveals weakness ... it's true! And that's a good thing, because it means you get to give even more glory to the Lord when you graduate your kids see that they are walking with the Lord.

Busy mom, if you're struggling with trying to do it all, you will enjoy hearing some of Heidi's favorite tips for managing all that pulls us...and still finding time to fit in "other things" (like alone time with your husband!)

This is an opportunity GET SET FREE from the expectations of others, laugh out loud learn how two words: BE INTENTIONAL can make a huge difference in your ability to manage your home well. Bring a friend and leave your preconceived ideas at the door because real moms sometimes serve Cheerios for dinner!

The Busy Mom's Guide™ to Romance

What comes first? The marriage or the math lesson? Most moms have felt the pull and pressure of trying to balance their marriages and their commitment to motherhood. Hey, most moms are happy to find time for a shower, let alone a romantic night with their husband! Yes, it's true. There are always new dynamics to the pressures of motherhood - but it doesn't mean you need to let your marriage suffer! In fact, it's never been more crucial than it is right now to strengthen the core of your family. In case you are still wondering, your marriage comes first.

In this workshop, you'll learn several key ingredients to balancing your love life with language lessons ~ and how you can become the most romantic mom on the block! Come hear a story of personal experience that will challenge the way you view your marriage and inspire you to seek God's heart as you model a strong healthy marriage for your children. This is Heidi's favorite topic, so bring a notepad and fasten your seatbelts!

Answers for Homeschooling: Top Questions Critics Ask: Many homeschoolers struggle with self-doubt and/or criticism for their decision by well-meaning friends and family. In this session, Israel will tackle some of the top objections people raise about home education and will give statistics and fact-based answers to help give you confidence to defend your choice to home educate.

Travel & Lodging

Our partner hotels offer special rates to Ark Encounter guests. To receive these rates please book your hotel at arkencounter.com/places-to-stay.

FAQ

Q: Can I register by mail and/or pay by check?
A: Online registration and credit card payment is the only method by which we can process registrations.

Q: Will I receive registration confirmation through the mail?
A: When registering, you will receive confirmation on the screen (with an order number) when you complete your registration; this will be followed by an email confirmation.

Q: When and where do I check in?
A: Check-in starts at 10:00 a.m. on the first day of the experience. From the parking lot at the Ark Encounter, make your way to the ticket booth area. Look for the Homeschool Experience banner. At that point you will receive a wrist band which will allow you to get on the bus that takes you to the Answers Center. Go in the Answers Center Auditorium and there you will check in.

Q: How do I get my seven-day pass to the Ark and Creation Museum?
A: You will receive the passes when you check in. You can also retrieve your seven-day pass at either ticket window (Creation Museum or Ark Encounter) starting on Thursday, May 5 for those attending the May 9–11 experience, and on Sunday, May 8 for those attending the May 12–14 experience.

Q: What is the closest airport to the Ark Encounter/Answers Center?
A: The Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG), located about ten minutes from the Creation Museum and 45 minutes from Ark Encounter.

Q: Are there any discounts on hotels?
A: Our partner hotels offer special rates to Ark Encounter guests. To receive these rates please book your hotel at arkencounter.com/places-to-stay.

Q: Is there a shuttle from the airport to the Museum or the Ark?
A: No, there is no transportation provided from the airport. Some hotels may provide transportation to the Creation Museum, but you will need to check with your hotel. There is no transportation provided to the Ark Encounter and you will need to rent a car if you are flying in for the conference.

Q: Does registration for the conference include meals?
A: You are on your own for meals. Food is sold in the Answers Center lobby and Emzara’s Kitchen (a favorite of many) is next to the Ark. There may also be other food vendors available.

Q: What if I need to cancel?
A: All sales are final and there are no refunds. We suggest that you transfer your registration to someone who might not otherwise be able to attend. Just call Reservations (800) 721-2298 and let them know the substitute name.

Q: Will there be childcare or a nursery?
A: There will not be childcare or a nursery provided.

Q: Will there be programs for children to attend?
A: There will be interactive breakout sessions for the family. There will not be sessions geared for children only.

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