Nature & Recreation
at White Haven Memorial Park
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 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.
Bat House Project
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.
Tree Identification Project
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.
Hiking Trails & Walking Programs
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.
Taking Strides Together Walking Program
Join this existing group any Monday or Thursday at 2:00 p.m. and take a leisurely stroll around White Haven Memorial Park, weather permitting.
The “Taking Strides Together” Walking Program, facilitated by Nanci DeLeo, has been ongoing for over 4 years. It is a group that hikes around the park during the spring, summer and fall, and even continues to meet during the winter months for conversation, companionship, and support at a local coffee shop. This walking program is a great way to “get back on one's feet again” in more ways than one. Nature, exercise, fresh air or even that occasional cup of coffee together, all combine perfectly with the casual conversation and support of those who are “walking the same path.” All are welcome to join this existing group or suggest another time and day for a new group to meet.
Pet Services & Facilities
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. In many areas of the Park we can now bury the cremated remains of your pet along with you. For further information, click here.
Along the hiking trails, we have a pet memorial area with a bridge crossing a “stream” of rocks. Individual rocks may be engraved with your pet’s name for a donation of $100 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, contact us today!
Nature Trail and Green Burial
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.
For those who do not want to be cremated, click here for information on Green Burial, which takes place in a lovely wildflower meadow.
White Haven Memorial Park is a member of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association, the Cremation Association of North America, the New York State Association of Cemeteries, the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System, and the Green Burial Council.