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Al Parker, Canoe Creation Director
 Al Parker got his first canoe at age 15 (which he stowed behind his mother's sofa each winter). Al was trained as a wildlife biologist at Purdue University. He became a Christian after college and insisted on being baptized in Hamer creek where cold water poured from a cave mouth. His 20 years of work for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources gave him the opportunity to re-introduced Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, and River Otter. His interests in all kinds of wildlife, wild plants, and wild places and his love of kids led him to pursue directing wildlife conservation camps at the Wilds in SE Ohio for another 7 years. He has also worked in the camp capacity for Lutheran Memorial Camp and the National Wildlife Federation's Ranger Rick Camp, where he met and married his wife Amy.  Amy has also been active in camp ministry and campfire music.  Al and Amy have spent many years on rivers with their own 4 children and many other groups and families. Canoe Creation is born from a combination of faith, a fascination with God's handiwork, and fun on rivers.

The Mission of CC

To provide churches, camps, homeschool groups and schools of all Christian denominations in the Ohio valley with river canoeing, camping, and outdoor disciple building experiences that:
  1. Develop young people in Christian faith that will stand against the times
  2. Challenge youth to think critically in the natural sciences
  3. Educate youth in responsibility as wise stewards of creation

The Goals of CC
  1. Provide Christian Education in an Ohio Valley river setting;
  2. Provide Creator-centered natural science lessons;
  3. Provide Canoeing and Camping skills training;
  4. Provide Confidence and Character building activities for youth;
  5. Provide Concern for Creation training in stewardship of natural resources;
  6. Provide Camperships for participants through fund raising efforts;

CC's Statement of Faith
(each of the lines in this statement have scripture references; email us
and we will send you the complete referenced statement of faith)

We believe that God is the Maker of heaven and earth, that he spoke and it was so, and that he considers the earth His and everything in it. We also believe that the impact of man's sin has separated us from God and polluted God's perfection in His creation. We believe that God, in His love for His creation, sent Jesus Christ to atone for our sins and to reconcile that which was separated from Him. We hold that the Holy Scriptures are truly God's words to mankind, that they are without error, and that His creation shows us His character. We accept there can be no stewardship of creation without acknowledging God as the author of life.

What Canoe Creation Can Do For You

Canoe Creation wants to help you appreciate God's wonder right out your own back door. We hope to encourage God's people to be stewards of Creation because we are accountable to its Maker. Taking back God's Glory is one of the central focus points of Canoe Creation river classes. We will immerse you in God's handiwork and train your eyes to see God's invisible qualities in the things that He has made. Call or email Canoe Creation to plan your river excursion of living and learning.

How You Can Get Involved

If you see this teaching and disciple growing ministry as something you would like to support, please consider how you can donate equipment, donate funds for start up costs or camperships for youth that are less fortunate, or make your riverside property available to Canoe Creation for campouts or retreats.

What Others Are Saying About Canoe Creation

  I love  it that there is actually such a wonderful, Christian family  running such a fabulous program!  It's so important for children at  this age to seen that Christianity is not just a bunch of rules,  that Christians aren't boring, and if your activities don't prove  that, I don't know what will!  - Aimee S. Circleville OH

 Al Parker is simply amazing at holding the attention of and educating children and their parents about the wonders of God