St. Croix Valley, Minnesota
A majestic lakefront forest near the Twin Cities.
Return to the earth naturally in a 112 acre lakefront forest
What makes our St. Croix Valley forest special:
- 2,500 feet of stately lakefront trees
- Striking displays of fall foliage
- 45 minutes from the Twin Cities and home to abundant wildlife
A protected lakefront forest
Soak in the serenity of mornings by the lake while bald eagles fly overhead. Stroll along the peaceful forest trails and take in the beautiful diversity of trees as seasons progress.
A private spot for your memorial
Choose an area that speaks to you. The peaceful lakefront, a lush knoll, or an intimate grove surrounded by elderberries and ferns.
A beautiful place for your loved ones to visit
Give the gift of peaceful reflection and timeless memories in a protected lakeside forest. Help ensure Minnesota’s peaceful lakes and forests thrive for generations to come.
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 the 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 St. Croix Valley in a guided, online tour with your advisor.
Shoreline Vista delivers pristine lake views
This serene lakeside retreat provides the perfect place to pause and reflect among some of the forest’s most distinguished trees.
West Canopy Lane offers warmth and tranquility
Find peace among the vibrant flora and fauna and enjoy the gentle ridgeline views of the small valley below.
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 the St. Croix Valley forest with a free online tour from a trained 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.
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Ready to learn more?
Schedule your online tour today.