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Santa Cruz Memorial Forest

Become a part of a redwood forest nestled in the mountains

Explore the Forest

Browse trees online or in forest with a Guide

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What makes the Santa Cruz Forest Special

Towering Coastal Redwoods

A butterfly warms its wing in the sunlight of the Santa Cruz Memorial Forest.

Abundant Wildlife

Peaceful Spring-fed Pond

Experience the forest sights and sounds

Our Guides will bring the forest to life with an online tour, or visit in-person to feel the magic firsthand.

Join the Santa Cruz Community

Connect with people who love nature as much as you do.

Trees embody vitality and wisdom. I want my ashes mingled with that miraculous joy.  When my great granddaughter grows up, she can come to Better Place Forests, hug Tall Red, listen to the forest sing and smile.

Frannielee L. Santa Cruz Forest, California

Redwoods are the strongest tree—they represent a stableness and a security that I feel represents us.

Kathy P. & Joey O. Santa Cruz Forest, California

This is a thoughtful, environmentally smart approach to end-of-life. I appreciate that my children will have a place other than a cemetery to visit.

Francine S. Santa Cruz Forest, California

Explore with a Better Place Forests Guide

Browse and shop the Santa Cruz Forest with one-on-one support from a Guide. You can choose favorites online or visit the forest in-person to find your forever tree.

Visiting the Santa Cruz Forest

Forest Visiting Hours

Thursday – Monday 10:00am – 5:00pm
by appointment only – schedule below

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