International Forest of Friendship

International Forest of Friendship

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The Forest is a 5 acre park honoring more than 1500 people who have contributed to the field of aviation. Winding through the Forest is a wheelchair accessible pathway where visitors can see plaques naming those individuals inducted into the Forest and enjoy trees from all 50 US states and more than 35 countries around the world where the honorees reside. The Forest provides a peaceful natural setting for a stroll and an opportunity to enjoy the unique contributions to aviation and aerospace history made by the honorees.
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jbwhitehouse
Dallas, TX1,734 contributions
Oct 2021
The area is beautiful and relaxing. It consists of 5 acres honoring 1500 people in aviation with trees from 50 states and 35 countries. There is a map showing what trees are where and donated by which country or state. Of note are the Moon tree—a seed taken on one of the Apollo missions was brought back to the USA and planted; beautiful and stately. There is a life-sized statue of Amelia Earhart here, and also a memorial tribute to astronauts (ie. from the Challenger) who gave their lives for the advancement of aviation. Free to enjoy.
Written October 31, 2021
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Melissa B
Leavenworth, KS77 contributions
Jul 2021
The International Forest of Friendship is a popular place we visit anytime we have friends or family come to see us in Atchison. My young nieces and nephews love to run around and read all the plaques and educational material available. Their parents, nervous about visiting other locations during the pandemic, felt safe and happy in this beautiful forest that tends to get fewer visitors than it should.
This is a wonderful place for international military families attending the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, as well as any female pilots serving in the U.S. military. International families will have a great time finding their "tree" and checking out the flora and fauna that do well in Kansas.

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-Best time to visit for fall color is mid to late October.
-Walking trail including the paved walkway and unpaved forest trail are less than a mile. It's not a long walk, which makes it ideal and fun for children.
-Foragers should check with this organization's staff. Some opportunities with fruit and nut-producing trees, but do make sure it's OK beforehand.
-Beautiful gazebo for event rentals here. Restrooms are on site, but not always open so check with staff. This would be an awesome site for weddings and military promotion ceremonies.
Written July 28, 2021
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CarMa555
Oahu, HI88 contributions
Jul 2021
Beautifully and Inspiringly done. I really nice place to take a leisurely walk and appreciate all of the trees.
Written July 9, 2021
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Jeanie L
Atchison, KS54 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
This is a very unique park. My family often goes here just to walk and enjoy some peace and quite in nature. It also has the benefit of being a learning environment for my children and myself. Trees from all over line the walkways and are marked by name and location of origin. We have gone many times to gather information for science projects.
Written January 15, 2019
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Mwilburn
Kansas City, MO16 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
An amazing park to take a walk and see the many types of trees in memory of many heros. A big gazo to sit and rest. Endless sidewalks to breathtaking trees and areas.
Written May 28, 2018
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David B
Atchison, KS5 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
The Forrest has trees from all around the world and the moon. The walk of fame lists all the people inducted into the forrest. The gazebo provides a great view of the Forrest. Enjoy it..
Written March 25, 2018
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turbo-boogie
Saint Joseph, MO4 contributions
Dec 2017 • Solo
I was already a bit skeptical due to the name. It definitely sounds like something that would be in Japan. Upon arrival, I was greeted by several young people that were holding fairly large potatoes(probably russet) and they immediately began to assure me that I could be like them if I would only believe in the power of the potatoes and hold them firmly in my hands. These are not the kind of friends I was hoping to find in the Forest of Friendship. Having very little time to adjust to the bizarre situation, as the potato worshiping adolescents continued to advance their maniacal agenda without relent, I turned and ran.

I'm confident that it is probably a really nice place. I think for me it was just one of those 'right place, wrong time' situations. Unfortunately, I've yet to muster up the courage to give it a second try.
Written December 22, 2017
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Wow, Turbo, what an exciting visit you had! The Forest of Friendship in Atchison, KS, honors aviators and aeronautical enthusiasts, and has had no previous reports of adolescents with potatoes of which I am aware. Please come back and visit us again-I am sure you will enjoy the peaceful gardens even during the winter.
Written December 24, 2017
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scott912
6 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
Enjoyed this very much. A good break from people and to slow the pace. Especially enjoyable if you have interest or knowledge in horticulture.
Written July 15, 2017
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ksjayhawk13
Lawrence, Kansas5 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
This park was a little slice of heaven! Very tranquil, serene and peaceful! Loved all the trees from different States of USA and other countries. The memorial to Apollo 14 was especially moving.
Written July 5, 2017
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Jaylean E
Leavenworth, KS94 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
We didn't get to tour the whole park, due to my back injury acting up, but it would be a beautiful place just to go out and embrace the beauty of nature. There were stones in the sidewalk with different people's names on it. A tribute to some astronauts. A gazebo where you could have a wedding under it. It is an all walking park.
Written June 26, 2017
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