Thankful for One Year at the Ark Encounter

by Ark Encounter on July 6, 2017

July 7, 2017, marks one year since we opened the massive Ark at the Ark Encounter to the public. It has been a great year, and we have so much to be thankful for. Here are five things we rejoice in as we prepare for our one-year anniversary.

Topiary Animals


We are thankful for our many donors and other supporters. Whether you’ve prayed for the Ark Encounter; sponsored a beam, peg, or plank; or sent us encouragement along the way, we want to sincerely thank you! We would not have been able to complete the Ark or our recent expansions without God using your vital support and prayers.

West Village


As we reflect on the past year, we are thankful for each staff member who served alongside us during our inaugural season. We couldn’t do what we do without our wonderful staff members!

Ark Encounter Employee

Are you interested in working at the Ark Encounter? We still have a number of positions available with a variety of available shifts and schedules. Come be part of the Ark Encounter team! Visit our jobs page to find out more.


In addition to our staff members, we are grateful for the many volunteers who helped to make this year such a memorable success. From devoting time with our horticulture team to helping in the gift shop, our volunteers continue to make a positive impact.


If you would like to become a volunteer, complete a volunteer application with our parent ministry, Answers in Genesis.


The Ark has been busy this past year. We are seeing thousands of visitors from all over the world walk through the Ark each day. This year, we are thankful for each and every person who took time to visit, and we hope you continue to come back often as we add exhibits, features, and phases.

Crowds at Ark Encounter

The Gospel

While we are thankful for all of the people who have made this year so successful, the most important thing we are grateful for this year and the years to come is the opportunity to present the good news of Jesus Christ.

God created a perfect world, but Adam and Eve chose to rebel against their 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.

The Bible says all who in faith turn from their sin and trust in Jesus receive forgiveness and the gift of eternal life (Romans 3:21-25, 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9).

Why the Bible Is True

If you haven’t visited our life-size Noah’s Ark yet, start planning your trip today! We’re south of Cincinnati and right off I-75, with plenty to do in our region, including touring Creation Museum, our sister attraction, near the Cincinnati Airport. And if you have been here, consider visiting again and again to see our newest additions! Share your favorite photos from the past year with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using #arkencounter!