Rock River, Illinois

Coming soon to northern Illinois:
Riverfront serenity, just two hours from Chicago and Milwaukee.
Learn how you can become an early supporter.
Coming soon to northern Illinois: riverfront serenity, just two hours from Chicago and Milwaukee. Learn how you can become an early supporter.
Lock in the best pricing now
Our early supporters receive exclusive discounts and benefits.
20% off your tree
A $95 deposit unlocks over $1,000 in savings for most families.
Exclusive access
Receive invites to VIP events and have your name inscribed in the forest.
First pick of trees
Choose from a large selection of majestic oaks and much more.
"Better Place Forests is a new addition to land preservation within the community which gives people the opportunity to honor their relatives along with the ability to be a part of the natural world, preserving the land and keeping it from being developed and changed forever.”

-Mark Herman, Superintendent of Education at Byron Forest Preserve
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the forest located?
Our newest forest in the Midwest is located in a beautiful 60-acre forest in the town of Oregon in northern Illinois, just two hours from Chicago and Milwaukee.

The forest features a captivating viewshed position above Rock River, a 299-mile tributary of the Mississippi River, and is a short distance from Castle Rock State Park and White Pines Forest State Park.
How much does a memorial tree cost?
Pricing starts at $4,900, and is based on several factors, including: location, setting (views, water features, etc.), tree type and size, and the number of spreading rights. The average burial, plot, and headstone costs around $15,000 per person. We offer a range of prices for any budget — at less than half the cost of a traditional burial.
When will the forest be open for tours and ceremonies?
We will be opening online forest tours in spring 2021. Early supporters will be given advanced access to in-person tours in the summer and fall of 2021. And we are targeting 2022 to open the forest for ceremonies.
What tree species are in the forest?
You can choose from a variety of beloved native tree species, including many types of oak, black walnut, shagbark and bitternut hickories, basswood, red elm, hackberry, and black cherry.
How is Better Place Forests supporting the local community?
We focus on building strong relationships in the community and supporting local organizations. We also intend to hire forest stewards, arborists, and memorial ceremony team members locally.
How can I place a deposit for my memorial tree?
If you’re interested in becoming an early supporter for this forest and receiving 20% off your memorial tree, you can place a fully-refundable $95 deposit here.