Irecently had the chance to talk with Patrick Nurre, owner of Northwest Treasures and the Geology Learning Center as well as the author of several classes on SchoolhouseTeachers.com.
It was a privilege to listen to him share his
passion for helping students grow in confidence as they learn how to spot the fallacies
in the evolutionary worldview.
TOS: Let’s start at the beginning. What
sparked your interest in science and dinosaurs?
Patrick: The thing that sparked it the most
was discovering a huge chunk of dinosaur
bone. I found it coming home from school
one day in the alleyway. I recognized it
right away, and I was only in second grade.
I pawed it loose, picked it up, and took it
home. That was my beginning.
TOS: How did you come to own a museum?
Patrick: I was beginning to accumulate a
lot of stuff because I was starting to teach
and lead field trips. The one ingredient I
and look at the dinosaur displays where
we’re getting a uniformitarian perspective.
It dawned on me that the interest kids have
is quite prolific and that it is really an open-
ing for us as parents.
What I have is not really a museum; it’s
more of a learning center. It’s a place where
kids can come, handle the rocks, and see the
specimens. That puts the pieces together.
I think until they can handle specimens and
ask questions about them, that it doesn’t
really connect with them.
One year, as we were headed to a home-school convention, we pulled into a rest
stop behind this car that had lots of bumper
stickers. One sticker stuck out to me. “We
have all the fossils; we win.” And I realized
that this is where the lack of confidence
comes in. They’ve got to connect the doctrine with the world around them. We need
to take the Scripture and explain the things
we find by the Scripture.
TOS: What is your goal for the ministry of
Patrick: I used to spend a lot of time on
college campuses doing open air stuff on
creation/evolution, and I found a lot of
good conversations with college kids. It
was a lot more open environment. But today, I think we’ve lost the college campuses.
So I’m really kind of going through a back
door. We’ve got to equip workers that can
go to college or go out in the workplace
who have the confidence to engage in these
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Bonnie Rose Hudson
We need to take the
Scripture and explain
the things we find by
Fossil Hunter to
An Interview with SchoolhouseTeachers .com
Instructor, Patrick Nurre