As a fully certified member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program, White Haven Memorial Park is committed to managing its property with wildlife and the environment in mind. We recycle and use sustainable products and procedures whenever possible. We constantly try to reduce our consumption of natural resources and have created several earth-friendly burial options. For further information, please explore the topics below.
White Haven Memorial Park was the first cemetery in the world to become fully certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International. To achieve this designation, we needed to complete projects in the categories of: Environmental Planning; Wildlife and Habitat Management; Resource Conservation; Waste Management; and Outreach & Education.
Click here for more information on White Haven Memorial Park's Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program.
One of our favorite Audubon projects has been our bluebird program. White Haven is now a regular nesting site for these beautiful birds each spring and over 100 bluebirds
have successfully fledged here. From April to June you will see them in Section V or Section GB, our
Green Burial area which is named Bluebird Meadow.
Click here for the Cemetery Map.
Click here to visit the website of the New York State Bluebird Society. During nesting season, they have a "nestcam" of nesting bluebirds.
We have received donations of nest boxes from several individuals as well as from Maplewood Nursing Home in Webster, NY and the Conservation Club at Harris Hill Elementary School in Penfield, NY.
The Harris Hill Conservation Club consists of around sixty 1st – 5th graders who are also known as “Ambassadors for the Earth”. They are living up to their name by helping us build up the population of Eastern Bluebirds, which are native to this area.
For a printable map to locate the Harris Hill Conservation Club nest box, click here..
Project Goal: Increase the bat population in Western New York
Background: The bat population has been significantly declining over the last few years due to a fungus called White Nose Syndrome, which kills bats off quickly. This appears to be more widespread in the Northeast. Humans have also decreased the natural habitats of different types of bats. One bat can eat anywhere from 500 to 1000 mosquitoes a night, reducing the chance of being bit by a mosquito carrying a disease.
Action: Kilian Bestram's Eagle Scout project was to build and install bat houses so the bats had a safe place to roost. Kilian and other scout and adult volunteers from BSA Troop 341 in Pittsford, NY, installed the eight bat houses in the Blue Bird Sanctuary and near the Nature Trail of White Haven Memorial Park.
Win for the Environment: Bat populations in Western New York received a boost to be increased over the next few years. Bats help control the mosquito population naturally.
Win for White Haven: The materials to build the bat houses were donated by local companies and installed by the Boy Scouts and adult volunteers. With increased bat populations there will be a decrease in mosquitoes making a visit to White Haven a safer and more pleasurable experience.
White Haven is home to more than 100 species of trees. We are certified as a Level I Arboretum by ArbNet and listed in the Morton Register. Information on each species and the location of specimen trees is available in our office. To see more about our accreditation as an arboretum, click here.
You are welcome to walk or run in either of our cemeteries during any daylight hours. Please observe all cemetery rules and respect the privacy of anyone visiting a grave or attending a service. Below are some specific ways we invite you to enjoy the beauty of our parks.
We have opened a few hiking trails for public recreation in a part of our beautiful hardwood forest that will not be needed for cemetery purposes for many years. No bicycles or motorized vehicles are permitted, but pedestrians and dogs that remain under control at all times are welcome during all daylight hours. For a printable map of the hiking area, click here.
Join this existing group any Thursday at 2PM and take a leisurely stroll around White Haven, weather permitting. For further information, click here.
In addition to the pet-friendly hiking trails described above, pets are welcome throughout the Park as long as you have them under your control at all times and pick up after them as necessary.
We know that pets are often as well loved and deeply missed as other members of our families. Although current New York State law does not allow us to bury pets, we do have several ways to help you remember your precious animal friends.
Along the hiking trails we have a pet memorial area shown at right with a bridge crossing a “stream” of rocks. Individual rocks may be engraved with your pet’s name for a donation of $75 or more to our Memorial Gift Fund. Or, you may add a bronze emblem showing the breed or other likeness of your pet to your own grave, crypt or niche. Please check for availability and pricing at the time you plan your own memorial. We even offer pet memorial services conducted by one of our Certified Celebrants. They are usually held in the gazebo, but can be held in one of our chapels if you prefer.For further information on Pet Services & Facilities click here.
White Haven even has two earth-friendly burial options. For those who choose cremation, click here for information on our Nature Trail for Cremation Burials, which is located in a beautiful hardwood forest. To read a newspaper article about our Nature Trail, click here
For those who do not want to be cremated, click here for information on Green Burial, which takes place in a lovely wildflower meadow.
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