5 Reasons to Give Thanks

by Ark Encounter on November 22, 2016

In just a couple days, families all over the United States will join together for Thanksgiving and take time to reflect on the things they are thankful for. At the Ark Encounter, we have much to be thankful for this year. Here are five things that we are giving thanks for this Thanksgiving season.


This year, we are thankful for each staff member that has helped us to a successful start during our inaugural season. Our staff enjoys interacting with our visitors from all over the country and around the world. They have worked hard to make sure each guest has had the best experience possible. We could not do what we do without our staff members.

Ark Encounter Staff


In addition to our staff members, we are thankful for the many volunteers who helped to make this year possible. From devoting time in the design studio to helping in the gift shop, our volunteers helped make the Ark Encounter a reality. If you think you would like to become a volunteer, complete a volunteer application with our parent ministry, Answers in Genesis.

Volunteers in Workshop


We are also thankful for our many supporters and donors. Whether you prayed over the Ark Encounter project; sponsored a beam, peg, or plank; or sent us encouragement along the way, we give thanks for you this year. We would not have been able to complete the Ark without your vital support and prayers.

Ark Encounter


Hundreds of thousands of visitors have walked through the Ark Encounter since we opened on July 7. This year we are thankful for each and every person who has taken time to visit with us, and we hope you continue to come back often as we continue to add new exhibits, features, and phases.

Ark Encounter Crowd

The Gospel

The most important thing we are thankful for this year and every year is the good news of the gospel. God created a perfect world, but our first parents, Adam and Eve, chose to rebel against their holy Creator. Their sin brought suffering and death into creation, and since all people are descendants of Adam, all have inherited a sin nature set against God. But Jesus Christ, the Son of God, became a man, lived a sinless life, willingly died on the Cross to pay the penalty for our sin, and rose victorious from the grave.

Gospel Exhibit

As you gather around the table with your family this year, what will you give thanks for? Let us know what you are thankful for on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!