2020 Ceremony Update

2020 Annual Induction Ceremony Cancelled

 Since its founding in 1976, the International Forest of Friendship has provided a beautiful, peaceful, and safe place to gather and enjoy the camaraderie of the Forest environment, the city of Atchison, and the aviation community.  Because of the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, and to respect the safety of our honorees, visitors and members of the Forest family, the Forest's Board of Directors has voted not to hold this year's annual induction ceremonies as planned on Sept 18-19 in Atchison.  This decision was reached after careful research and discussion.  

Next year the 45th anniversary ceremonies will be held on Sept 17-18, 2021 (Fri-Sat). The theme will be "World Friendship though Flight" and we hope to use it to strengthen international ties. This will be a chance to engage 99s members and other colleagues from around the world.  With a year and a half to get ready we should be able to have a wonderful event!  Suggestions very welcome.  

In  the meantime, please take advantage of this year's theme of "Flying and Forests" to participate in events linking aviation and aerospace to the green spaces on the planet.  We have a particular interest in: 

  • The "Trillion Trees Vision" <https://www.trilliontrees.org/> and < https://www.1t.org/> “seeks to connect funders with forest conservation ventures, and inspire society to protect and restore one trillion trees by 2050." 
  • The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) <https://queenscommonwealthcanopy.org/>, " a unique network of forest conservation initiatives, which involves all 53 countries of the Commonwealth." The Forest has ties to the Commonwealth (and to UK, Canada, Australia, NZ, and elsewhere) through The 99s and other honorees.  
  • The Green Belt Movement (GBM) https://www.goldmanprize.org/blog/green-belt-movement-wangari-maathai/>, which was started by Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.  She is a past Forest honoree, and also a graduate of Benedictine College in Atchison. 

Please also remember the smoke jumpers, pilots of fire tankers, and others who fly or use flight to keep us safe as the summer fire season approaches.

The Forest remains open year-round during daylight hours for guests.  We are pleased that people have continued to visit while maintaining "social distancing."   

Current information will be posted on our website <www.ifof.org>

Thank you for your support during these difficult times.  Please stay safe.

Your Forest Team

The Forest was established as a bicentennial project by the City of Atchison and The Ninety-Nines In


The Forest was established as a bicentennial project by the City of Atchison and The Ninety-Nines Inc., an international organization of women pilots. Each September, new honorees are inducted into the Forest with plaques embedded in the walkway that winds through trees representing all 50 states and over 35 countries.

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Annual Celebration

Annual Celebration

Annual Celebration

Join us September 17 - 18 for our Annual Celebration!  

Theme is World Friendship Through Flight.  This is the International year.

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Annual Celebration


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