Santa Cruz, California
A forest nestled in the mountains
Celebrate a life well-lived and leave a legacy in a stunning 84 acre forest
What makes our Santa Cruz Forest special:
- Iconic California redwoods
- Nestled in the mountains but a convenient drive from San Jose
- Peaceful forest sections feature a spring-fed pond, singing birds and more
A protected forest tucked away in the mountains
Pure mountain air, striking vistas along the ridgelines, diverse trees and abundant birds make this coastal forest a perfect pick for California nature lovers.
A private spot for your memorial
Select an area of the Santa Cruz Forest near a peaceful pond or deep in the forest surrounded by chirping birds. You’ll pick from towering redwoods, stately firs and twisting madrones.
A beautiful place for your loved ones to visit
Beyond the forest, visitors will enjoy being near the vintage rides of the boardwalk, Monterey Bay and state parks.
How it works
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.
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 or in person with one of our forest stewards.
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.
Leave a legacy
Give your loved ones a beautiful place to remember you and help protect a forest for future generations.
Find your perfect resting place
Each forest section has its own character. Explore Santa Cruz in person or take a guided online tour.
Watch the day make a grand entrance in Sunrise Loop
Visitors arriving early to your memorial tree witness stunning sunrises in this section conveniently located near the entryway to the forest.
Find serenity by the water in Reflection Meadow
With a tranquil pond, natural spring and a sunny meadow, this is the perfect spot for visitors to relax and enjoy the natural beauty.
Get inspired by nature’s wonder in Soquel Ridge
Enjoy winding trails and birdsong amongst giant trees, deep in the forest.
Serving you in life and beyond
During your tree selection
Explore the forest with a free online tour from a trained advisor or an in-person forest visit led by a local forest steward.
At your memorial ceremony
Our forest stewards ensure your memorial ceremony honors your wishes and celebrates your story. They are also licensed to place ashes beneath your tree.
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 online tour today.