When was the last time you had a chance to get away from the noise of the city and focus your thoughts on God and His creation? CSI gives you the opportunity to do just that every year on our amazing Fossil Float expeditions!
What is a Fossil Float?
It is an exciting adventure canoeing and digging for fossils. If you have ever panned for gold you know that the findings are few and far between. However, if you pan for fossils in the Peace River, you strike pay dirt every time!
This area of Florida, rich with phosphates, is known as a Fossil Graveyard. Over the last decade we have taken over 11,000 people, young and old, down the Peace River, where they have learned that there is substantial evidence of a world-wide flood as recorded in the Bible.
How else would you explain the findings of Whale Vertebra, or teeth of the Megalodon shark that would grow as large as 70 feet in length, in a river that is located some 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico?
The findings of the Wholly Mammoth, Saber-tooth Cat and the Giant Sloth, gives affirmation to the bible reference of a great ice age.
During a CSI sponsored Fossil Float in April of 1996, Greg Reuter discovered a Columbian Mammoth at the Peace River Campground in Arcadia, Florida. Since then, CSI has sponsored special excavations at this site, which appears to be a fossil graveyard for a herd of mammoths that met their demise during the Ice Age. CSI has excavated the mammoth site three times and it is believed they have found a herd of Columbian Mammoths. The partial skeletons of three mammoths are on display at the Creation Discovery Museum in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
What you will learn:
You will learn how to identify fossils, and make the connection to God as the creator. You will also learn to canoe and enjoy each other as you frolic in the cool waters together.
We end our exciting weekend adventure with a BBQ on Saturday evening. Happy faces fill the room as the finds are identified and the prizes are given for the most unique find, the most of one kind, and the largest and most complete fossils found.
Sunday is given to worship We thank God for His goodness and His beautiful creation with a Sunday morning worship service. Our new found friends receive the ability to refute evolutionary teachings and go on to proclaim God as our Creator.
Where it all happens:
Riverside RV Resort and Campground 9770 SW County Road 769 Arcadia Fl, 34269
Getting to Arcadia ... Your options for FLYING into Arcadia, Florida
* Fort Myers, FL, then rent a car and drive approx. 1 hr. * Tampa, FL, then rent a car and drive approx. 1 hr. 39 min * Orlando, FL, and rent a car and drive approx. 2 hrs. 10 min
If DRIVING to Arcadia, Florida From South Florida to Arcadia, FL: Arcadia is near the west coast of Florida on CR 769
Overnight accommodations are not included. Make your camping reservations today! Ask for Karen Hall and mention you are with CSI.
Riverside RV Resort and Campground (To RSVP for a site ask for Karen and mention you are with CSI) 9770 SW County Road 769 Arcadia Fl, 34269 800-795-9733 | 863-993-2111 Web address: http://www.riversidervresort.com
Country Inn and Suites in Port Charlotte (941) 235-1035
Holiday Inn Express (941) 764-0056
What to bring for Fossil Hunting...
Food: Cooler with lunch and beverages to take on river.
Fossil Sifting Screens (optional)* Digging tools (long handled shovel)* Zip-lock baggies or apron pouches (to carry finds) Old shoes to get wet (rubber water-shoes work best)** Goggles/snorkels/fins (optional) Plenty of drinking water Sunscreen!
*Provided by CSI (you can bring your own if you would like) **Due to sharp objects in the shallow waters, we will not allow anyone without footwear to exit their canoe.
MODEST ATTIRE REQUIRED: No Bikinis Please
$80.00 per adult (ages 12 & up)
$70.00 each child (ages 5 & up)
Discount available for groups larger than 20 participants. For details call 954-771-1652.
** Sorry No refunds, unless CSI cancels a trip. Cost does not include overnight accommodations or meals. CSI will provide dinner for Saturday only.
Fri. Afternoon: Registration and the River Experience (At the Main Hall in Riverside RV Resort & Campground)
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Registration (Main Hall)
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Creatures of the Ice Age Presentation (Main Hall)
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Introduction to Fossil Identification and Fossil practice runs on the river bank (At Arcadia boat ramp)
All encouraged to come.
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Break for dinner Visit Arcadia's area restaurants, or have a picnic at the boat ramp!
Fri. Evening: Workshops (In the Main Hall)
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. What's an Ice Age? (Presentation)
7:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Ice Age Activities
8:00p.m. – 8:30p.m. Canoe safety class (This class is mandatory)
Sat. Morning: Fossil Float (At Canoe Outpost)
8:00 a.m. Canoe Outpost Fossil hunt on river Lunch on river
5:00 p.m. Arrive back at Canoe Outpost
Sat. Evening: Dinner(In Main Hall)
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Dinner! Provided by CSI
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Show & Tell - don't forget your fossils!
7:30 p.m. Ice Cream Social
Sun. Morning: Worship Service (In the Main Hall)
10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Praise & Bible Study/Children's Program