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"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge
of the glory of the Lord, as the waters
cover the sea." - Habakkuk 2:14

Principles of Canoe Creation Lessons

  1. Jesus Christ holds all things together and God's focus on relationship with him defines the premise of ecology.
  2. He is the Almighty Creator and that the evidence of this can be seen in the incredible variety, order, and design of the universe.
  3. God made all things to glorify Himself and in this we find an example for us to please Him.
  4. The earth and everything in it point to a loving Maker who longs for His creation to be reconciled to Him.

River Schools



Times of quiet and times of water fun are added to each river run in addition to the "currents" or River Classes listed below.  All Sunday floats will have an outdoor river-side worship service.

RIVER CLASS CURRENT OPTIONS
Currents are trip themes or mini-classes that you can choose to explore for your Canoe Creation venture. They can be hours or days long depending on your time available. To adequately cover each one you should count on only selecting 2 per day float. However, many pieces of other currents can be incorporated into your outing.  

BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY CURRENTS

Valley Wildflowers - LIKE A TREE PLANTED BY THE WATERS
- Springtime Wildflowers in the river bottoms are some of the most spectacular of all flowers of the world. Search, sketch, photograph, and learn in April and May.
River Birdlife - MOUNT UP ON WINGS
-Float a scenic river and learn to identify birds by sight and by their calls.  
Call in owls after dark.
River Fisheries - ALL THAT SWIM THE SEAS
- Explore the underwater life of the river by net, line, hand catching and snorkeling observations. Learn the native fish, mussels, and aquatic reptiles and amphibians of Ohio.
Riparian Wildlife -TOO AMAZING FOR ME TO UNDERSTAND
- Travel the river's edge in search of wildlife and signs of their presence. Learn about the amazing ways of life that God has given them.
Creek Invertebrate Life - GOD IN THE LITTLE THINGS
-Learn about the life in a small waterway. No canoes necessary, just clothes in which you can get real wet in and a sense of adventure about the life that shares the stream with us.
River Restoration Workshops - THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION
- Make a difference in your county by spending a day floating a stretch of river to clean up its banks, plant shrubs to stabilize eroding soil, or improve areas of the banks for wildlife.

GEOLOGY, HYDROLOGY, AND EARTH SCIENCES CURRENTS

Water Quality Studies - STREAMS THAT MAKE GLAD THE CITY OF GOD - Test water, learn about our impact on waterways
Find out how the watery world points us to not just an intelligent designer, but an amazing Creator and Redeemer.
River Mapping - SEEING THE BIG PICTURE
- Use math, drawing, geometry, scientific observation, & compasses and measuring devices to produce a living map of a stretch of river.
River Rocks and Alluvium - THE ROCKS WILL CRY OUT
Travel along the river and study the layers of the earth, what they are made of, and how the river lays down new layers. Become a challenger of the theories that try to use geology to dishonor the Creator.
Riverbottom Soils - UZZIAH LOVED THE SOIL
God has truly blessed us in the Ohio valley with wealth from the ground up! This class will test soils along a river corridor, examine plant/soil relationships, and 'man from soil' ecology that God got started.
Moved by Water - RIVER 'RITHMETIC
Study water currents and how they effect rock, soils, plants, and wildlife. Look into the lives of creatures that find different currents to their liking. Find practical uses for math and science to help you understand life on the river.
Astronomy by Boat - CAN YOU LOOSE THE BELT OF ORION?
Float the night away on one of our larger rivers or lakes during a clear night to study the stars, relax, learn of planets and deep space ideas, try your catfish line, and enjoy an evening at a campfire along the banks.

HISTORY CURRENTS

Indians of the Northwest Territories & Ohio Valley Settlement - THE GOD OF OUR FATHERS
Learn about the heritage you have from the Ohio wilderness and how the thoughts of people of yesterday have molded our lives.
Missionaries of the Early Midwest - ZEAL IN THE WILDERNESS
Did the Indians accept Christ? Learn of Heckewelder, Zeisberger, and other godly people who risked their lives for the sake of the lost in the old Northwest before settlers dared to venture there.
Rivers History - RIVER STORY 'pirates and alligator men'
Learn about the 'peopling' of the region as you talk with local people, research at libraries along the route, map out your river journey, and explore what once was by visiting what is today.
Living River - PADDLING THROUGH TIME
Watch for the stalker along the banks, the ambush or the pioneer from the past at your campfires. Living history characters will bring the past to life on the river.

LITERATURE, ART AND WRITING CURRENTS

Quiet Listening - DEEP CALLS TO DEEP
During extended periods of this float we will say nothing at all. Periods of writing and discussing your thoughts will be interspersed with silence and reflection. This can be a real challenge for some of us.
What the Bible says about the Earth - LIVING WATER
Jesus used the things in the "breathed Word of God" to teach us of His heavenly Father. He used the world around us to illustrate the spoken. Common everyday sights and sounds of the river will be viewed through lens
of scripture.
Journaling on the Journey - A PADDLING PILGRIMAGE
Write a manuscript of a river as you course the riffles. Paddling partners will take turns steering as the other one writes and sketches.

RETREAT AND CHRISTIAN CURRENTS

Creation or Evolution? - I WILL NOT GIVE MY GLORY TO ANOTHER
Behold what the hand of God has made, learn of past godly scientists, and discuss around campfires the significance of who gets the credit and the glory through how we chose to believe and live.
Living Simply - LOOK AT THE LILIES
A time to set yourself apart from the cares of this world and only consider the simplest needs of life. This intentional living expedition is an opportunity to see that God has indeed cared for all of our needs.
Stewardship - TO TEND AND KEEP IT
The environmental movement has often told us to keep our hands off the earth because we'll ruin it, but God has called us to use it and take care of it. Be prepared for the river to inspire you to re-think your use of God's gifts, time, wealth, and provision.
Marriage/Betrothed - WINDING TOGETHER
It has been said that if you want to judge your compatibility with someone, canoe a river together. Life is like a river that throws obstacles in your way - bends and sawyers, rocks and shallows; it also provides long, quiet reaches, deep, still pools, and sights of great beauty.
Dads and Sons - HEADWATERS & TAILWATERS
Using time with just you and your boy(s), and time as a group - Dads will learn of handing the steering paddle to their offspring.

ADVENTURE TRIPS CURRENTS

Depending on the site chosen, some of the following activities can be added to your trip to teach teamwork, dependence on one another and trust in God.

Caving
Rappelling
Wilderness Survival


Retreats



Imagine - a time of quiet on a river bank with your Bible and journal; spending times of silence floating stream stretches; talking of what you are learning together around a campfire; time as a couple or time together with your children; dads working a canoe together with their sons.



Day Floats

 
Take a guided trip down a river in your county or region and explore places that you didn't know were there. See what rocks and trees and living things have to teach us about the Maker of heaven and earth. Beach comb along hidden gravel bars.



Overnight Floats



Extend your time on the river with an overnight along its shores. Meals cooked on campfires. Wake to the sounds of water and wildlife. Search for night life, call owls, and study stars. Catfish in the light of a campfire.



Day Wades



Join a Canoe Creation staff person on an exploration of a stream "on foot" in your area and investigate the life that thrives in these marginal lands. Birdwatch or fish. Identify invertebrates or track wildlife. Do a stream clean up or river side crafts.



Homeschool or Christian School Curriculum



Augment the science, math, and writing skills of your students by giving them real life opportunities to see and practice these subjects in an outdoor classroom. See River Currents for options.


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