Over the past few weeks, I’ve been introducing you to the hard-working staff at Answers in Genesis who have been keeping things going even while our attractions were temporarily closed by the state government during COVID-19. Praise the Lord, we were able to open again on June 8 and it’s been great seeing families, children, and individuals coming to visit the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum. For the last installment of this AiG staff series, meet the grounds and site-development teams.
The horticulture and grounds crew has been working very hard to keep the gardens and grounds healthy during the time our guests were away. Then they worked hard to get all the beautiful gardens ready for our reopening June 8. That was an exciting (and yes challenging) time of preparation for all of us at Answers in Genesis—it was the same sort of excitement when each of these attractions first opened!
Our site-development team, during the time we were closed and had significantly reduced staff, took on additional tasks outside their normal area, including everything from grounds work to supporting building projects that would otherwise not have happened.
In this video, you can tour our greenhouses at the Ark Encounter with Tim, the head of horticulture at the Ark—I recorded it a few weeks ago:
At the Creation Museum's beautiful botanical gardens, you can enjoy the carnivorous bog garden, koi pond, rainforest garden, and the hummingbird and butterfly garden. Along the way, you will no doubt enjoy the variety of waterfalls and fountains, and what child (or adult!) wouldn’t enjoy the swinging bridge?
The Rainbow Garden at the Ark is spectacular as well.
Many new exhibits have been added at both attractions, and the Ararat Ridge Zoo at the Ark has been greatly expanded. We’ve also begun special programs with various animals at our new Animal Actors Stage located in the zoo, behind the Ark.
And from now until August 16, if you can visit only one attraction (though I urge you to visit both and get the discounted combo ticket), we have a special afternoon/evening ticket that has a free meal with each paid ticket—but it must be purchased online, not at the gate, and you need to enter the attractions at 1 p.m. or after (they close at 7 p.m.). In fact, I urge you all to avoid lines at ticketing and get all your tickets online at ArkEncounter.com or CreationMuseum.org.
Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,
This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.