Green Burial Cemeteries in Washington
The Green Burial Council certifies three categories of cemeteries offering natural “green burial:” hybrid , natural and conservation burial grounds. Washington is blessed to have all three kinds of burial grounds, with committed people working to create more for the future. When new sites are available, they’ll be included here. We've put together a handy list of all of these sites on one page, you can find it here: Green Burial Cemeteries in Washington State. Meanwhile, here’s a description of what we have so far:
The Meadow Natural Burial Ground, founded in 2009, was the first certified natural burial ground in Washington state and is part of Moles Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale. Each natural burial adds to the restoration of The Meadow’s native ecosystem. A “guild” of three harmonious native plants—a tree, a shrub, or groundcover—can be planted at the gravesite, in memory of the deceased. Engraved river rocks are also available for memorialization.
For more information, visit their website , call toll-free at (866) 899-5534, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The White Eagle Nature Preserve Cemetery at Ekone Ranch is a certified conservation burial ground situated near the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Opened in 2008, its 20 acres are set within 1100 permanently protected acres of oaks, ponderosa pines, and meadow. It is the only wilderness cemetery in the country. Wildlife includes deer, eagles, and the occasional bear.
Burial sites are spacious, about 20 by 20 feet, each comprising a little ecosystem. One can get acquainted with a site while still alive, in order to know what will be nourished after passing on.
For more information and to arrange a tour, see their website or call (206) 383-3285.
Woodlawn Cemetery was the first in Snohomish County to open a Green Section of their lovely cemetery in 2009. They are certified as a hybrid burial ground by the GBC and are committed to maintaining this area as “green.” Taking a look around, sitting high on a hill one can see eagles and rabbits, a few scattered headstones dating from the 1890s, and the distant swath of the Snohomish River.
With each green burial, a family can select a tree to be donated and planted in the decedent’s name near the grave.
For more information, go to their website, call (360) 568-5560, or email them at WoodlawnCemeterySnohomish@gmail.com.
Langley Woodmen Cemetery, located in Island County is a sweet rural cemetery owned by the city of Langley on Whidbey Island. Since 1996 the Friends of the Langley Woodmen Cemetery have been helping the City of Langley maintain the cemetery. The Friends have regular work parties, an annual fundraising, and organize All Soul's Eve every November 1st. The South Whidbey community has been dedicated to providing green burials at Langley Woodmen for many years and in 2011 established an area to accommodate 80 green-burial plots.
For more information, go to their website, call (360) 221- 4246, or email them at email@example.com.
Herland Forest natural burial cemetery
The twenty-acre Herland Forest sits at the edge of the Cascadian wilderness, on the southern slopes of Mt. Adams, near the Klickitat River. High prairies rise up from the Columbia River in the distance, with Mt. Hood standing prominently to the Southwest. It’s a quiet place where wild meets rural, and all are bound to the seasonal cycles of life. Please note that this cemetery is not currently certified by the Green Burial Council.
For more information, go to their website, call (509) 369 2000, or find them at 55 Windward Lane, Wahkiacus, WA 98670
Cedar Lawns Memorial Park is the first certified hybrid green burial cemetery in King County and the closest to the urban setting of Seattle. Cedar Lawns Memorial Park is a small quaint cemetery within the busy eastside suburb of Redmond, minutes from Microsoft's many campuses. This cemetery was certified by the Green Burial Council in 2017. A small section of this conventional cemetery has been dedicated to green burials, which is a Dignity Memorial cemetery, owned by Service Corporation International. For more information, please see their website or call (425)-885-2414.