Before North Carolina's summer descended on us we hosted over 250 people for walking tours at Bluestem. Each tour lasted an hour and a half as we wandered Bluestem's fields, woodland areas, and beside the pond, sharing our vision for a conservation cemetery. We also described Bluestem's early conservation strategies that include green burial options for people (and their pets).
We paused the tours during the hot summer months to focus on trail building and preparing the cemetery for burial. However, we are scheduling private tours by appointment, and if you can arrange a group of 6-10 people at a time, we'd love to meet you. Email us with your preferred dates and timeframe and we will follow up.
For friends with mobility needs, we are better equipped to serve you! Beginning in September, we will offer golf cart tours, once a month. Please contact us for more information.
Walking Tours in August
For hearty, outfitted walkers and hikers, we are opening Bluestem for two tours on two separate days in August. Sign up is first come first served. You will be sent a reminder three days before the event with instructions for the tour.
Saturday, August 20 9:30am and 11:30am
Friday, August 26 1pm and 4pm
Bluestem is in the early stages of transitioning from a working farm to a place of reverence, with portions of its restored grasslands and woodlands set aside for green burial. The tour will take us throughout the farm, past wildflower meadows, pollinator habitat, across grassy pathways and through the woodlands, highlighting areas for green burial. Comfortable clothing, good walking shoes, pants tucked into socks, a hat and a water bottle, are all recommended. The sky is wide in the grasslands, covering up with sunscreen is a good idea! We have plenty of bug spray to share if needed.
We are currently improving Bluestem's infrastructure by building a low impact parking area, reinforcing the existing farm road, and installing kiosks and signage. Some of this construction may be underway during your visit. Also note that there are no bathrooms nor running water at Bluestem. Please plan accordingly or feel free to use the portapotty.
Prior to Visiting
A couple of short videos we recommend, as well as a slide show of visitor's comments, might be helpful context before you visit.
We seek videographers and photographers interested in capturing Bluestem's story!
Contact us directly if you are interested in contributing these skills at Bluestem.