Green Burial Sites in the United States














 
 
 
 

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Green Burial Sites in the United States

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What is a ‘green’ burial site?

There are currently approximately 43 registered green burial cemeteries and memorial woodlands in the United States.  These are recognized natural burial sites, although some are hybrid cemeteries where both natural and traditional burials take place.  A green burial cemetery is also sometimes called an eco-cemetery.

As we explained in our articles about ‘Green Funerals’ and ‘DIY Funeral Care’, a green burial is one in which the way of caring for the deceased is as natural, and has as little environmental impact, as possible.  Therefore a green burial site is typically a wildlife conservation area or natural woodland area.  Every effort is made to minimize the environmental impact of a burial by reducing carbon emissions and ensuring no harmful substances or toxins are buried in the earth. 

At a green burial site, only natural resources can be used

for burying the dead, such as linen, bamboo, or wood, and no embalming is allowed.  No ornate grave markers are permitted.  Instead a natural stone marker and GIS (Geographical Information System) technology are often used to identify gravesite locations.  In some sites an endemic shrub or tree may even be planted onto the gravesite.

Can I conduct a green burial on my own land?

In some states you may conduct your own death care and even bury the deceased on your own land.  State legislation for this differs for each state, so you need to refer to the law in your state.  You can check our state funeral planning guides in our library section, which do highlight in which states you are permitted to conduct a home burial and have a designated private cemetery on your own land.

How do I find a Green Burial Site?

There are also designated green burial sites, a directory of these are listed below by state. 

New green burial sites are also being designated as green burial experiences something of a revival, so you may find that there are some new sites coming online.

Directory of Green Burial Grounds

California

Joshua Tree Memorial Park 
60121 29 Palms Highway
Joshua Tree CA 92252 
Phone (760) 366-9210

Forever Fernwood
301 Tennessee Valley Rd
Mill Valley, California 94941
Phone: (415) 383-7100

Sunset Lawn Chapel of the Chimes Cemetery
4701 Marysville Blvd. 
Sacramento CA 95838 
Phone (916) 922-5833

Colorado

Crestone Cemetery - Natural Burial Ground
108 West Galena Ave.
Crestone CO 81131 
Phone: (719) 256-4313

Connecticut

Wooster Cemetery 
20 Ellsworth Avenue
Danbury CT 06810 
Phone: (203) 748-8529

Florida

Eternal Rest Memories Park
2966 Belcher Road, Dunedin, Florida 34698
Phone: (727) 733-2300

Glendale Memorial Park Nature Reserve
297 Railroad Avenue
DeFuniak Springs FL 32433
Phone: (850) 859 2141

Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery, Conservation Burial, Inc. and Alachua Conservation Trust, Inc.,
7204 SE County Road 234, Gainesville, FL 32641
Phone: (352) 375-8739

Georgia

Honey Creek Woodlands
212 Highway 212 SW,
Conyers, GA
Phone: (864) 647-7798

Hawaii

Valley Isle Memorial Park Cemetery - Hybrid
105 Waiale Road
Wailuku Maui HI 96793 
Phone: (808) 244-4911

Illinois

Roselawn Memorial Park
1735 South Camp Butler Road
Springfield, IL 62703
Phone: (217) 525-1661

Indiana

Kessler Woods at Washington Park North Cemetery and Funeral Center
2706 Kessler Blvd. West Drive
Indianapolis, IN
Phone: (317) 251-5959

Maine

Cedar Brook Burial Ground
175 Boothby Road
Limington, Maine 
Phone (207) 637 2085

Michigan

Hebrew Memorial Gardens 
26640 Greenfield Rd
Oak Park MI 48237 
Phone: (248) 543-1622

Mount Carmel Cemetery
899 Ford Ave / Northline
Wyandotte, Michigan 48192
Phone: (734) 285-1722

Ridgeview Memorial Gardens
5151 8th Avenue SW
Grandville, MI  49418
Phone: (616) 249-8439

The Preserve at All Saints Cemetery
4401 Nelsey Road
Waterford MI 48329-1057 
Phone: (248) 623-9633

Minnesota

Mound Cemetery of Brooklyn Center
3515 69th Ave
North Brooklyn Center MN 55429 
Phone: (952) 935-0954

New Jersey

Steelmantown Green Burial Preserve
101 Steelmantown Rd
Woodbine N.J. 08270
Phone: (609)-628-2297

New Mexico

Commonweal Conservancy
117 N. Guadalupe Street
Suite C. Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
Phone: (505) 982-0071

New York

Greensprings Cemetery
293 Irish Hill Road
Newfield, New York
Phone: (607) 272-4034

Mount Hope Cemetery 
1133 Mt. Hope Ave.
Rochester NY 14620 
Phone: (585) 428-7999 

White Haven Memorial Park 
210 Marsh Road
Pittsford (Rochester) NY 14534 
Phone: (585) 586-5250

North Carolina

Forest Lawn Funeral Home Memorial Park and Mausoleum
538 Tracy Grove Road
Hendersonville, NC  28792
Phone:  828-692-9188

Green Hills Cemetery
24 New Leicester Hwy
Asheville NC 28806
Phone: (828) 252-9831

Pine Forest Memorial Gardens
770 Stadium Dr.
Wake Forest NC 27587
Phone: (919) 556-6776

Ohio

Canton Cemetery Association North Lawn Cemetery 
4927 Cleveland Ave. NW
Canton OH 44709 
Phone: (330) 494-0641

Foxfield Preserve Nature Cemetery
9877 Alabama Avenue SW
P.O. Box 202
Wilmot, OH 44689
Phone: (330) 763-1331

Oregon

Estacada Cemetery District 
P.O. Box 1390
Estacada OR 97023 
Phone: (503) 730-0142

Riverview Cemetery 
8421 SW Macadam Ave.
Portland OR 97219 
Phone: (503) 246-6488 

Valley Memorial Park & Funeral Home 
3809 SE Tualatin Valley Hwy
Hillsboro OR 97123 
Phone: (503) 648-5444

Pennsylvania

Penn Forest Natural Burial Park 
118 Colorado St. Verona PA 15147 
Phone: (412) 265-4606 

West Laurel Hill Cemetery 
215 Belmont Avenue
Bala Cynwyd PA 19004 
Phone: (610) 664-1591

South Carolina

Greenhaven Preserve 
1701 Vanboklen Road
Eastover SC 29044 
Phone: (803) 403-9561

Ramsey Creek Preserve
111 West Main Street
Westminster, South Carolina 29693
Phone: (864) 647-7798

South Dakota

Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Association 
2001 E. 12th St.
Sioux Falls SD 57103 
Phone: (605) 339-4760

Tennessee

Elmwood Cemetery 
824 S. Dudley Street
Memphis TN 38104 
Phone: (901) 774-3212

Texas

Ethician Family Cemetery
1401 19th Street
Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: (936) 581-4302

Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery & Prayer Gardens
330 Berry Lane, Box 3
Georgetown, Texas 78626
Phone: (512) 863-8411

Utah

Lakeview Memorial Cemetery & Mortuary
1640 East Lakeview Drive
Bountiful, Utah   84010
Phone: (801) 298-1564

Virginia

Duck Run Natural Cemetery 
3173 Spotswood Trail 
Harrisonburg VA 22801 
Phone: (540) 432-8650

Washington

Moles Greenacres Memorial Park 
5700 Northwest Dr.
Ferndale WA 98248 
Phone: (360) 384-3401

White Eagle Memorial Preserve
401 Ekone Rd.
Goldendale, WA 98620
Phone: (206) 350-7353

Woodlawn Cemetery 
7509 Riverview Rd.
Snohomish WA 98290 
Phone: (360) 568-5560 

Expert Author: Sara J. Marsden

Sara is the Editor in Chief for US Funerals Online and has been researching and writing about the death care industry in the US for the last 5 years.

Related Articles:

Resources:

Green Burial Council
Natural Burial in the USA

Published:  01/02/2013

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