What Is Northwest Treasures?


After years of field study, collecting and studying the fascinating world of geology, a good friend suggested that perhaps I would like to share some of my treasures with others, and from that humble beginning, Northwest Treasures was begun.  We started out just taking unusual samples to different area homeschool conventions.  When it became apparent that people really loved this, but wanted to know more of the science behind the discoveries, we began expanding into rock kits with books.  Our first book kit was based on John Morris’ Geology Book. Our second kit was the Fluorescent Kit.  And then the flood (pardon the pun) was on!  Some of our kits have been inspired by moms with questions like, “What do I do with all the rocks that Junior is bringing home?”  The happy result of that was Rock Identification Made Easy,  which has been probably our most popular kit. Our many trips to Yellowstone National Park yielded the Geology of Yellowstone Kit. And from there came our several kits on different national parks. Of course, as we are able to travel to different states, we collect specimens, and then put together kits for those states.  Thus, the Rockhounding Series: Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, California, Arizona, the Great Lakes and Prairie States, and so many more!

But the rocks are not the only part of the story. People began to ask where they could go to collect, and we found ourselves not only telling them, but taking them, and the field trips were born. From there, it was only a short jaunt to longer trips, our first being to the Scablands of Washington State. Thank you to Karen for being the guiding force behind that! This was the trip that led to the Yellowstone Creation Adventures, and Dino Dig in Eastern Montana.

And finally, the story comes full circle with not only showing where to collect things, but how and why the things you find are where they are.  So the seminars and education began. This is perhaps the most important part of what we do here at Northwest Treasures.  A proper understanding of geology is vital to understanding biology, anthropology, earth science and paleontology.  This in turn will lead to a deeper and richer understanding of the Bible and what God has spoken there.

At Northwest Treasures, we stand unabashedly for a young earth and global flood as revealed in Scripture. Most of our classes will reflect that worldview. However, our classes can be tailored, depending on your group, to share simply the science of geology without reference to our philosophy.

Welcome to Northwest Treasures! We hope you enjoy what we have to offer you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can be of service.

Northwest Treasures is a 501(c)3 organization. To donate or contribute to our work here, click here.

3 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Stacey, Thanks for your comments. We do appreciate that! The answer is a little long, so please bear with me! When we make up the kits, we sometimes come up against an inability to get certain samples. Volcanic bombs are one of those samples that are harder to get as they are more rare. When we put your kit together, that is probably what happened. And when that happens, we usually put in an extra piece of pahoehoe lava as a substitute. It is not a bomb, but it is another type of lava. Having said that, we will look to see if we can find another sample for you. I’m not sure what is in the shop at this time. Please let me know if this is satisfactory to you. Thanks, Patrick

  2. Hi Patrick, been enjoying your Youtube videos and was wondering if I could ask your help identifying a rock for me? I live in North Idaho and have a rock outcropping on my property. I just can’t seem to figure out what type of rock it is. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Josh

    1. Hi Josh, I would be glad to help! I need some information from you. If it is too personal, please just send it to my email address at northwestexpedition@msn.com.
      So, where is the formation? I need a specific location. Second, do you know of any unusual activity that has taken place in the area, for instance, an earthquake or volcanic eruption? Third, have there been any major geological discoveries, such as fossil sea creatures, dinosaurs, or mineralogical discoveries? And finally, a picture would be very helpful. I’ll do the best I can. I’m sure you realize that sometimes the only way to tell is to actually see it in person, but I will do my best!

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