8225 Argenta Trail
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077

Prairie Oaks Memorial Eco Gardens is the first "Green" cemetery in Minnesota. We are proud of this achievement and it further solidifies our family's commitment to leaving a smaller carbon footprint on the earth as we leave this world.

Our Mission: Create Your Environmental Legacy: In three easy steps you can secure your environmental legacy by choosing the benefits of a green burial. Prairie Oaks is a land restoration project which will provide habitat for wildlife and a more diverse ecosystem.

Green / Woodland / Natural Burial

Green burial (also known as a Natural or Woodland Burial) is all about keeping things as simple and natural as possible - returning to nature in a way that will not harm the environment, but will actually preserve the landscape and enhance opportunities for wildlife - it's about leaving the world a better place, and is increasingly becoming the environmentally friendly choice.

The general principles of this kind of burial are that the body is not to be embalmed (as the main chemicals involved in this process can be environmentally hazardous), a biodegradable coffin, urn (cardboard, bamboo, seagrass, willow or sustainable wood) or shroud is used, and a native tree or shrub is then often (but not always) planted on, or close to, the grave instead of a large stone memorial. Also cremation is accounting for more than 50% of current burial choices.

A GPS coordinate and just a small flat engraved stone is be used to identify the grave. The site is managed to encourage native wildlife, plants, wild flowers and natural grass.

Make a difference; make an environmental legacy at Prairie Oaks Memorial Eco Gardens.

With the increasing interest in “Green” or “Natural” burials, we would like to provide you with the following information regarding Prairie Oaks Memorial Eco Gardens, Minnesota’s first green cemetery.

In a “Green” or “Natural” burial the deceased is buried, without embalming (though some exceptions exist with natural embalming). A green burial doesn’t involve concrete vaults or metal caskets. Any casket or shroud that is used must be biodegradable, non-toxic and of sustainable material.

A “Green” cemetery is a burial site that does not permit vaults, non-biodegradable caskets or embalming chemicals. It uses no herbicides, pesticides or irrigation for maintenance of the cemetery grounds. Any material used at a “green” cemetery must meet the goal of replenishing the Earth. “Green” cemeteries can provide more than just a resting place that doesn’t pollute the surroundings; they can benefit the Earth by maintaining open spaces and protesting natural habitat for both wild life and native plants. In a “Green” cemetery, traditional standing headstones or markers are not permitted. Instead, flat rocks, plants or trees may serve as grave markers.

Green burial is a way for the truly environmentally conscious to go green even after death. We believe the practice of green burial will become more popular for several reasons: Green burial is better for the environment, more affordable, more spiritual and appeals to the ever growing adversion to embalming. It's important to remember that no law requires embalming, or the use of a casket or vault.


Can We Interest You In A More Eco-Friendly Funeral?

If spending thousands of dollars to have your body pumped full of chemicals and plunged into the earth inside a steel box, enclosed in a concrete vault capped with a concrete lid, doesn't sound appealing, you'll be interested to know there are now quite a few ways to dispose of your remains. In addition to being environmentally friendly, these newer options are often cheaper too.

Cremation is the most common burial alternative, with nearly 50% of Americans choosing that option.

People can forgo embalming or request nontoxic embalming fluid; buy a biodegradable container made from sustainable willow, wood, wicker or bamboo, or even order up a simple shroud. The burial can take place on "natural burial grounds" where people are buried on a protected wildlife preserves.

In 2012, the average cost of a burial in America was between $10,000 and $15,000. Greener options are usually about half that because families don't have to shell out for body preparation, a headstone, and an expensive and ground polluting casket.
If you live on the West Coast you may already be familiar with green burials, but the practice is just starting to catch on in the mid-Atlantic states and isn't very popular in the South. Many people don't want to learn all the gory details about how corpses are handled, and as we saw with liquid cremation, this makes people less likely to consider alternative burial options. However, if everyone in America was forced to watch some Six Feet Under or read the book Stiff, they might come to see these uncommon practices as the most natural burial options.