Santa Cruz, California
An exclusive redwood memorial forest nestled in the Santa Cruz mountains.
An exclusive redwood memorial forest nestled in the Santa Cruz mountains.
Return to the earth naturally in an iconic coastal California forest
What makes our Santa Cruz Forest special:
  • 84 acres of pristine redwood forestland
  • Nestled deep in the mountains, yet a convenient drive from San Jose
  • Home to a spring-fed pond and an array of songbirds, owls, newts, and other native wildlife
What’s offered in Santa Cruz
A protected forest tucked away in the mountains
Pure mountain air, elevations featuring seasonal streams that flow to the Soquel Creek, and abundant redwoods and twisting madrones make this coastal forest a perfect pick for California nature lovers.
A beautiful place for your memorial
Select your spot near a peaceful pond or deep in the forest with light filtering through the canopy. This forest features elevated areas for those who prefer quiet privacy. Others may opt for a place near a clearing or along the trail, where they’ll greet visitors to the forest.
A private place for your loved ones to visit
With only an exclusive section of the forest used for memorials, visitors are ensured premium privacy. Your choice helps us practice restoration forestry and conserve the wider forest for generations.
How it works
01
Get to know us
Let us introduce ourselves and answer your questions. Learn about how we maintain our forests or how we help with personalized planning.
02
Tour a forest
Experience the sights and sounds of our forest and learn what makes each section unique. Tour online from the comfort of home.
03
Gather your loved ones
When it’s time, your ashes are mixed with soil and returned to the base of your tree during a personalized memorial ceremony.
04
Leave a legacy
Give your loved ones a beautiful place to remember you and help protect a forest for future generations. Unburden them from planning for you by making your wishes known.
More about Better Place Forests
A beautiful place for you and your loved ones.
Serving you in life and beyond
During your tree selection
Explore our Santa Cruz forest and the surrounding area with a free guided online tour from an advisor.
At your memorial ceremony
Our forest stewards ensure your memorial ceremony honors your wishes and celebrates your story.
For years to come
From travel support to ensuring a peaceful visit, our local stewards are here for you and your loved ones.
Ready to learn more?
Schedule your free online tour of our Santa Cruz forest today.
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