White Eagle Memorial Preserve Cemetery is a natural green burial ground founded in 2008, licensed by the state of Washington, and certified as a Conservation Burial Ground by the Green Burial Council, a national non-profit certifying body.
WEMP green burial grounds spans 20 beautiful acres set within 1100 acres of permanently protected oak and ponderosa forest, meadow and steppe on the edge of spectacular Rock Creek Canyon near the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Deer, coyote, cougar, eagles, steelhead in the canyon creek, the occasional bear or lynx . . . all are present here. There are no invasive weeds, no fences, no noise, no sign of humans really other than the little road that takes you to the edge of this nature preserve cemetery. Our mission is to nourish this land while keeping it wild and to provide a natural alternative to the death care industry as it currently exists in America.
Our bodies do not belong to us, they belong to Nature. They are a natural resource and when we die, we believe they should be gifted back to the earth to further the cycles of life. Current cemetery practices waste a tremendous amount of resources insuring that our remains are prevented from returning to their source, from recomposing into a tree, native grass or wildflowers. Green burial at White Eagle, means each gravesite becomes an opportunity to nourish, as a living memorial, the wildness and beauty already present. Every visit is an opportunity to connect with nature and feel the beauty and awesome presence of this wild place.
Please consider supporting our Conservation Fund, to include two neighboring parcels of land into Sacred Earth Foundation land trust stewardship. Donors at the $1000 level and above will be honored in a permanent installation at the White Eagle gate. Legacy planning gifts are another way to ensure that your values in life go to support land conservation in the Upper Rock Creek watershed after you die.
Natural Death Care Symposium events in Hood River on April 1st (with tour and remembrance ritual at White Eagle on April 2nd!), and in Portland on April 22nd. Visit our Events Page and Death Talk Project’s Registration Page for more information.
Memorial Day Weekend Camp Out and Open House – on Memorial Day Weekend
All Souls Day Work Party and Ceremony – this year scheduled for Saturday November 4th, from 10am-4pm
For more details on these gatherings, please visit our Events page.
Please RSVP for events with Jodie: email@example.com. Site purchases during these times are 10% off.
Spring 2012 Blessing Ceremony for our new Entryway by beloved artist, David Govedare
In essence, we see our Nature Preserve Cemetery as an after life community of sorts, linked directly to nature’s everlasting continuum. You can find us listed with the Green Burial Council. We are certified by them as a Conservation Burial Ground, the greenest a green cemetery can be! It means that the cemetery land is dedicated in perpetuity as a cemetery for conservation purposes, inviolate: to be kept as wild and natural as possible. We are the only conservation burial ground in the Pacific Northwest.
We welcome visits from family, friends,or folks looking for their final home. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to schedule a guided tour with one of our stewards. Please call ahead to make an appointment: 206-383-3285
** 10% off the normal purchase of a cemetery site is offered during SEF’s Annual Fundraising event, the Barbed Wire Ball in September, and during our Memorial Day and All Soul’s Day events.
CLOSER TO THE LIGHT: A short musical video tour of White Eagle
IN THE NEWS: Listen to our interview with Brian Flowers, head of the Green Burial Council.
IN FILM: Watch the video about one of our burials that went nationwide with Associated Press