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The first modern green cemetery, also known as a woodland burial ground or natural cemetery opened in the United Kingdom in the early 1990’s. Today there are more than 200 dedicated natural burial grounds in the UK. While a decade ago there were only a handful of green cemeteries in the United States, as of 2014 there are now over 150. That number is growing quickly because people that lived green are demanding a more eco-friendly end-of-life ritual.

Many conventional cemeteries and memorial parks are planning to open sections exclusively for green burial while others are allowing green burial anywhere in the cemetery. This is in response to the increased demand described above but cemeteries are also being proactive because they realize that by offering green burial, they will recapture consumers that had been thought lost to cremation.

Green cemeteries are also being used to help protect endangered ecosystems by limiting residential or commercial development. These conservation burial grounds have often partnered with local municipalities and national parks to preserve delicate or threatened lands. Slow, natural decomposition acts as a purification system to turn the body into compost that helps preserve the natural land, just as it does with animals already living in the area.

A Natural Location

The landscaping in a green cemetery typically consists of native plants and trees that help create or preserve habitat for animals. There are no manicured lawns, eliminating the need for chemicals, irrigation and gas-powered mowers. Trees, natural stones and other materials are used in place of elaborate headstones. Some green cemeteries even embed GPS coordinates on disks in the ground to “mark” graves.

Find a Greener Cemetery

All cemeteries found through this search are Green Burial Council certified.

 

StateCemetery/ Address Phone NumberWebsite
AlabamaForest Lawn Memorial Gardens
10000 Celeste Road
Saraland, AL 36571
251-675-0824ascensionfuneralgroup.com
AlabamaSpring Hill Memorial Gardens
600 Pierce Rd
Mobile, AL 36608
251-639-0962ascensionfuneralgroup.com
ArizonaSunwest Cemetery
12525 NW Grand Ave.
El Mirage, AZ 85335
623-974-2054heritagefuneralchapels.com/
British ColumbiaMountain View Cemetery
5455 Fraser St
Vancouver, BC V5W 2Z3
Canada
604-325-2646vancouver.ca/cemetery
British ColumbiaRoyal Oak Burial Park
4673 Falaise Drive
Victoria, BC V8Y 1B4
Canada
250-658-5621robp.ca
CaliforniaForever Fernwood
301 Tennessee Valley Rd.
Mill Valley, CA 94941
415-383-7100foreverfernwood.com
CaliforniaHillside Memorial Park and Mortuary
6001 W. Centinela Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90045
800-576-1994hillsidememorial.org
CaliforniaJoshua Tree Memorial Park and Mortuary
60121 29 Palms Hwy.
PO Box 1239
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
760-366-9210joshuatreememorialpark.com
CaliforniaPleasant Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary
1700 Pleasant Hill Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472
707-823-5042pleasanthillsmemorialpark.com
CaliforniaSunset Lawn Chapel of the Chimes Memorial Park
4701 Marysville Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95838
888-892-9291sunsetlawn.chapelofthechimes.com
CaliforniaWestwood Hills Memorial Park
2720 Cold Springs Road
Placerville, CA 95667
530-622-2223
CaliforniaWoodlawn Memorial Cemetery, Santa Monica
1847 14th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
310-458-8717smgov.net/departments/cemetery/
ColoradoCrestone Green Cemetery
108 West Galena Avenue
Crestone, CO 81131
719-256-4313 crestone-end-of-life.org
ColoradoRoselawn Cemetery
2718 E. Mulberry St
Ft. Collins, CO 80521
970-482-2221goesfuneralcare.com
ColoradoSeven Stones Cemetery
9635 North Rampart Range Road
Littleton, CO 80125
303-717-7117www.discoversevenstones.com
ConnecticutWooster Cemetery
20 Ellsworth Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810
203-748-8529wooster-cemetery.com
FloridaBrooksville Cemetery Green Meadow Section
1275 Olmes Road
Brooksville, FL 34601
352-544-5455
FloridaGlendale Memorial Nature Preserve
297 Railroad Avenue
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433
850-859-2141glendalenaturepreserve.org
FloridaPrairie Creek Conservation Cemetery
7204 SE County Road 234
Gainesville, FL 32641
352-317-7307conservationburialinc.org
GeorgiaCamp Glisson EcoEternity Forest
690 Camp Glisson Road
Dahlonega, GA 30533
888-435-1869www.glisson.org/ecoeternity
GeorgiaEternal Reefs
P.O. BOX 2473
Decatur, GA 30031
888-423-7333eternalreefs.com
GeorgiaHoney Creek Woodlands
2625 Highway 212 SW,
Conyers, GA 30094
770-483-7535honeycreekwoodlands.com
GeorgiaMilton Fields
1150 Birmingham Road
Milton, GA 30004
770-751-1445miltonfieldsgeorgia.com
HawaiiValley Isle Memorial Park Cemetery
105 Waiale Road
Wailuku Maui, HI 96793
808-244-4911ballardfamilymortuaries.com
IdahoMountain View Green Cemetery
3770 Lemhi Rd.
Leadore, ID 83464
208-768-7095mountainviewgreencemetery.com
IllinoisPleasant Grove Memorial Park
31 Memorial Dr
Murphysboro, IL 62966
618-687-1145www.crainsonline.com
IllinoisRoselawn Memorial Park
924 South Sixth Street
Springfield, IL 62703
217-525-1661roselawninfo.com
IllinoisWindridge Memorial Park and Nature Sanctuary
7014 S Rawson Bridge Rd
Cary, IL 60013
847-639-3883burialplanning.com
IndianaOak Hill Cemetery
392 W. Oak Hill Road
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
765-362-6602oakhillcemeteryofcrawfordsville.com
IndianaPorter (Rea) Cemetery
Potato Creek State Park
(St. Joseph County)
in.gov/history/markers/25.htm
IndianaWashington Park North Cemetery - Kessler Woods
2702 Kessler Blvd. West Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46228
317-259-1253flanner-buchanan.com
IndianaMount Pleasant Cemetery
734 N Morgantown Rd.
Greenwood, IN 46142
317-881-1985mtpleasantcemasc.org
IndianaSouthlawn Cemetery
61300 US-31
South Bend, IN 46614
574-291-3782palmerfuneralhomes.com/history
MaineCedar Brook Burial Ground
175 Boothby Road
Limington, ME 04049-0511
207-637-2085mainegreencemetery.com
MaineRainbow’s End Natural Burial Ground
48 Mill Creek Road
Orrington, ME 04474
207-825-3843
MarylandBestgate Memorial Park
814 Bestgate Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-841-6255
MassachusettsMount Auburn Cemetery
580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-547-7105mountauburn.org
MassachusettsNew England Burials at Sea 877-897-7700newenglandburialsatsea.com
MichiganEagle Harbor Cemetery
321 Centre Street
Eagle Harbor, MI 49950
906-289-4407eagleharbortwp.org/departments/cemetery
MichiganHebrew Memorial Gardens
26640 Greenfield Road
Oak Park, MI 48237
248-543-1622www.hebrewmemorial.org
MichiganMarble Park Cemetery
520 West Main St
Milan, MI 48160
734-439-5660marbleparkcemetery.com
MichiganMount Carmel Cemetery
899 Ford Ave
Wyandotte, MI 48192
734-285-1722cfcsdetroit.org
MichiganPeninsula Township Cemetery
13235 Center Road
Traverse City, MI 49686
231-223-7321 peninsulatownship.com
MichiganRidgeview Memorial Gardens
5151 8th Avenue SW
Grandville, MI 49418
616-249-8439ridgeviewmemorialgardens.com
MichiganThe Preserve at All Saints Cemetery
4401 Nelsey Road
Waterford, MI 48329
800-989-9633mtelliott.com
MinnesotaMound Cemetery of Brooklyn Center
3515 69th Avenue North
Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
952-935-0954 moundcemetery.com
MinnesotaPrairie Oaks Memorial Eco Gardens
8225 Argenta Trail
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077
651-300-5934 mngreengraves.com
MissouriBellefontaine Cemetery
4947 W Florissant Ave
St Louis, MO 63115
314-381-0750bellefontainecemetery.org
MissouriGates to Heaven Cemeteries
255 Jackett Road
Seligman, MO 65745
417-341-1800 gatestoheavencemetery.com
MissouriGreen Acres Cemetery
103 Corporate Lake Drive, Ste. E
Columbia, MO 65203
888-325-2653 mo-greenburial.com
New HampshireMonadnock Quaker Meeting Friends
3 Davidson Road
Jaffrey, NH 03452
603-532-6203 monadnockquakermeeting.org
New JerseyMaryrest Catholic Cemetery
770 Darlington Avenue
Mahwah, NJ 07430
201-327-7011 rcancem.org/catholic-green-burial
New JerseySteelmantown Cemetery
101 Steelmantown Road
Steelmantown, NJ 08270
609-628-2297steelmantowncemetery.com
New JerseyUnion Cemetery at Mays Landing
195 Route 50
Mays Landing, NJ 08330
609-625-7571 theunioncemetery.com
New MexicoLa Puerta Natural Burial Ground
Hwy 47
Valencia County, NM
505-360-4480naturalburialnewmexico.com
New YorkAscension Garden St. Francis Meadow
1900 Pinnacle Road
Henrietta, NY 14467
585-697-1122 holysepulchre.org
New YorkFultonville Natural Burial Ground
Upper Mohawk Street
Fultonville, NY 12072
518-265-3136facebook.com/fultonvillecemetery
New YorkGreensprings Natural Cemetery
293 Irish Hill Road
Newfield, NY 14867
607-564-7577naturalburial.org
New YorkHoly Sepulchre Cemetery
2461 Lake Ave.
Rochester, NY 14612
585-458-4110www.holysepulchre.org
New YorkKateri Meadow Natural Burial Preserve/Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery
2501 Troy Schenectady Road
Schenectady, NY 12309
518-374-5319 capitaldistrictcemeteries.org
New YorkMount Hope Cemetery
1133 Mt. Hope Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620
585-428-7999 cityofrochester.gov
New YorkRosendale Cemetery
793 Springtown Road
Tillson, NY 12486
845-658-9181rosendalecemetery.com
New YorkSleepy Hollow Cemetery Riverview Natural Burial Grounds
540 North Broadway
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
914-631-0081 sleepyhollowcemetery.org
New YorkSt. Peter’s Cemetery Peaceful Meadows
241 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
518-584-2375stpetersaratoga.com
New YorkTown of Rhinebeck Cemetery Natural Burial Ground
3 Mill Road
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
845-876-3961 rhinebeck-ny.gov
New YorkWhite Haven Memorial Park
210 Marsh Road
Rochester, NY 14534
585-586-5250 whitehavenmemorialpark.com
New YorkVale Cemetery
907 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12307
518-346-0423valecemetery.org
NevadaEastside Memorial Park
1600 Buckeye Rd
Minden, NV 89423
775-782-2215eastsidememorialpark.com/
North CarolinaChestnut Ridge EcoEternity Forest
4300 Camp Chestnut Ridge Road
Efland, NC 27243
888-435-1869
North CarolinaForest Lawn Memorial Park
538 Tracy Grove Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-692-9188forestlawnhendersonville.com
North CarolinaGreen Hills Cemetery
24 New Leicester Hwy
Asheville, NC 28806
828-252-9831greenhillscemeteryasheville.com
North CarolinaOakwood Cemetery
701 Oakwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27601
919-832-6077historicoakwoodcemetery.org
North CarolinaPine Forest Memorial Gardens
770 Stadium Dr.
Wake Forest, NC 27587
919-556-6776pineforestmemorial.com
OhioCanton Cemetery Association Emerald Meadows Green Burial Section
4927 Cleveland Avenue NW
Canton, OH 44709
330-494-0641 cantoncemeteryassociation.net
OhioCreekSide EcoEternity Forest
2790 State Route 61
Fulton, OH 43321
888-435-1869
OhioFoxfield Preserve Nature Cemetery
9878 Alabama Ave. S. W.
P. O. Box 202
Wilmot, OH 44689
330-763-1331foxfieldpreserve.org
OhioGlen Forest Cemetery
US Rt 68 N
Yellow Springs, OH 45387
937-477-0597 miamitownship.net
OhioKokosing Nature Preserve
10620 Quarry Chapel Road
Gambier, OH 43022
740-427-5040kokosingnaturepreserve.org
OhioLakeSide EcoEternity Forest
3901 Lake Road
Conneaut, OH 44030
888-435-1869
OhioPreble Memory Gardens Cemetery
3377 US Route 35 East
West Alexandria, OH 45381
800-972-4476 greenburialatpmg.com
OhioSpring Grove Cemetery
4521 Spring Grove Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45232
513-681-7526springgrove.org
OklahomaGreen Haven Cemetery
PO Box 616
Stillwater, OK 74076
405-747-9642 greenhavencemetery.org
OklahomaWoodland Memorial Park Hybrid Cemetery
1200 North Cleveland Avenue
Sand Springs, OK 74063
918-245-4142 dillonsmithfuneralservice.com
OklahomaGreen Tree Burial Grounds
Mead, Oklahoma 73449
405-550-2652greentreeburialgrounds.org
OntarioEcoBurials at Cobourg Union Cemetery
P.O. Box 543
Cobourg, ON K9A 4L3
Canada
905-372-8687ecoburials.ca
OntarioCobourg Union Cemetery
P.O. Box 543
Cobourg, Ontario, K9A 4L3
Canada
905-372-8687www.ecoburials.ca
OntarioDuffin Meadows Cemetery
2505 Brock Road
Pickering, ON L1V 2P8
905-427-3385www.mountpleasantgroup.com/DuffinMeadows
OntarioMeadowvale Cemetery
7732 Mavis Road Brampton
Ontario, ON L6Y 5L5
Canada
905-451-3716 mountpleasantgroup.com
OregonEstacada Cemetery District
P.O. Box 1390
Estacada, OR 97023
503-730-0142 estacadachamber.net
OregonEugene Masonic Cemetery
25th Ave & University Street
Eugene, OR 97405
541-684-0949eugenemasoniccemetery.com
OregonMt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery St Francis Section
333 SW Skyline Blvd
Portland, OR 97221
503-292-6622 ccpdxor.com
OregonOak Hill Cemetery
88558 Oak Hill Cemetery Rd.
Eugene, OR 97402
541-689-7800oakhillonline.com
OregonRest Lawn Memorial Park
94335 Territorial Hwy
Junction City,OR 97448
541998-5810www.restlawnonline.com
OregonRiverview Cemetery
8421 SW Macadam Avenue
Portland, OR 97219
503-246-6488 riverviewcemetery.org
OregonSunset Hills Cemetery
4810 Willamette Street
Eugene, OR 97405
541-342-6853
OregonValley Memorial Park
3809 SE Tualatin Valley Highway
Hillsboro, OR 97123
503-648-5444valleymemorialoregon.com
PennsylvaniaHighland Meadows at Oakwood
600 North Oakland Ave
Sharon, PA 16146
724-346-4775oakwoodcemeterypa.org
PennsylvaniaPaxtang Cemetery
401 Kelso Street
Harrisburg, PA 17111
717-564-2110paxtangcemetery.com
PennsylvaniaPenn Forest Natural Burial Park
121 Colorado Street
Verona, PA 15147
412-927-0103pennforestcemetery.com
PennsylvaniaPocono Plateau EcoEternity Forest
Pocono Plateau Rd
Cresco, PA 18326
888-435-1869
PennsylvaniaThe Green Meadow
1054 Graham St
Fountain Hill, PA 18015
610-868-4840greenmeadowpa.org
PennsylvaniaWest Laurel Hill Cemetery
215 Belmont Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
610-664-1591forever-care.com
PennsylvaniaWestview Cemetery
4720 Perrysville Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15229
412-931-1600rodefshalom.org/about/westview-cemetery
South CarolinaDust to Dust Green Burial Cemetery
205 Nulty Crossing
Swansea, SC 29160
803-568-5552dusttodustcemetery.com
South CarolinaGreenhaven Preserve Hybrid Cemetery
1701 Vanboklen Road
Eastover, SC 29044
803-403-9561greenhavenpreserve.com
South CarolinaRamsey Creek Preserve
111 West Main Street
Westminster, SC 29693
864-647-7798memorialecosystems.com
South DakotaMt. Pleasant Cemetery
2001 E 12th St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
605-339-4760 mtpleasantsf.com
TennesseeElmwood Cemetery
824 S. Dudley Street
Memphis, TN 38104
901-774-3212 elmwoodcemetery.org
TexasCountrysideMemorial Park, Inc. Natural Burial Ground
331 Cemetery Lane
La Vernia, TX 78121
210-992-2143
512-203-9739
CountrysideMemorialPark.com
TexasEloise Woods Community Burial Park
115 Northside Lane
Cedar Creek, TX 78612
512-796-5240eloisewoods.com
TexasEthician Family Cemetery
1401 19th Street
Huntsville, TX 77340
936-581-4302ethicianfamilycemetery.org
TexasNorth Belton Cemetery
1500 N Main St
Belton, TX 76513
254-939-8123
TexasOur Lady of the Rosary Cemetery
330 Berry Lane
Georgetown, TX 78626
512-863-8411olotr.com
TexasSolace Eco-Friendly Funeral Services
1508 West Koenig Lane
Austin, TX 78756
512-551-9079solacefunerals.com
TexasTranquility Oaks Cemetery
22302 Hildebrandt Rd
Spring, TX 77389
281-350-0998addisonfuneralhomes.com
UtahLakeview Memorial Cemetery & Mortuary
1640 East Lakeview Drive
Bountiful, UT 84010
801-298-1564memorialutah.com
VirginiaCamp Highroad EcoEternity Forest
21164 Steptoe Hill Road
Middleburg, VA 20117
888-435-1869
VirginiaCoolspring Natural Cemetery
901 Cool Spring Ln
Berryville, VA 22611
540-955-4816virginiatrappists.org/cemetery
VirginiaDuck Run National Cemetery & Mortuary
1886 Windswept Lane
Penn Laird, VA 22846
540-432-8650duckruncemetery.com
VirginiaForest Rest Natural Cemetery
5970 Grassy Hill Rd
Boones Mill, VA 24065
540-334-5410forestrestnaturalcemetery.com
VirginiaMakemie Woods EcoEternity Forest
3700 Ropers Church Road
Lanexa, VA 23089
888-435-1869
WashingtonCedar Lawns Funeral Home and Memorial Park
7200 180th Ave NE
Redmond, WA 98052
425-885-2414dignitymemorial.com
WashingtonHerland Forest
55 Windward Lane
Klickitat, WA 98628
509-369-2000 herlandforest.org
WashingtonMoles Greenacres Memorial Park
5700 Northwest Drive
Ferndale, WA 98248
360-384-3401 molesfarewelltributes.com
WashingtonWhite Eagle Memorial Preserve
401 Ekone Rd.
Goldendale, WA 98620
206-350-7353naturalburialground.com
WashingtonWoodlawn Cemetery
7509 Riverview Road
Snohomish, WA 98290
360-568-5560woodlawncemeterysnohomish.com
Washington D.C.Historic Congressional Cemetery
1801 E Street, Southeast
Washington, DC 20003
202-543-0539congressionalcemetery.org
WisconsinCircle Cemetery
PO Box 9
Barneveld, WI 53507
608-924-2216 circlesanctuary.org
WisconsinForest Home Cemetery - Prairie Rest
2405 West Forest Home Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53215
414-645-2632foresthomecemetery.com
WisconsinGreenwood Cemetery Prairie Green
2615 W. Cleveland Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53215
414-645-1390greenwoodjewishcemetery.org
WisconsinNatural Path Sanctuary
2299 Spring Rose Road
Verona, WI 53593
608-845-8724naturalpathsanctuary.org
WisconsinPrairie Home Cemetery
605 South Prairie Avenue
Waukesha, WI 53186
262-524-3540prairiehomecemetery.com