Forest Park has 45 acres of natural old growth forest, six buildings that host activities and events, over 30 individual cabins or dorms, and many amenities for groups. Forest Park is used by many regional and local churches, scouting programs, community organizations, and families for ministry, retreats, meetings, educational programs and family events.

Forest Park hosts many community events throughout the year: Topeka Haunted Woods, Science is a Blast, and Camp Cosplay, Easter Egg Hunt, and Topeka Christmas Village.  We host several consignment sales and vendor events throughout the year. We are adding more activities and events to our calendar.

Defining Statement

Forest Park is a place of fellowship in a woodland setting, enriching mind, body and faith.

The Board of Trustees

We are currently recruiting for the Board of Trustees, class of 2019. If you would like to be considered to serve the community in this way we ask that you contact events@forestparkretreat.com

Forest Park Board of Trustees oversees and implements the operations, business plan, and programs of the facility. The trustees are officially approved by the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church at their Annual Conference. The officers of the Board are:

  • Susan Cunningham, Chair
  • empty, Vice-Chair
  • Karen Nelson, Secretary
  • Edith Gaines, Treasurer
  • Janice Klamm
  • Ed Pranker
  • Roy Nelson
  • Amanda Gordon
  • Terry Jansen
  • Clarice Nelson
  • Shannon Reed
  • Thelma Bray


Forest Park began its ministry through the Kansas Conference of the Evangelical Association in 1922, with 22 acres of beautifully wooded land, completely undeveloped. Developments in the park during the early years included the building of a large auditorium, a smaller auditorium known as the departmental building, two dormitories, a dining hall, a caretaker’s house, a bathhouse, and several small cabins.

Forest Park prepares for our second century of service by welcoming all of God’s children and sharing the gifts of God’s kingdom.