BLUESTEM is designed as a place of reverence in a nature preserve where conservation, restoration and green burial practice are woven together. Bluestem offers 87 acres of open space for people and for wildlife. Visitors and volunteers participate in the care of the land, and in the care of the community. Our interdependence and interconnectedness with land is honored and attended to as physical, emotional and spiritual nourishment.
Bluestem volunteers are the energy source that activates it into being, with land restoration projects such as recreating native Southeast grasslands and establishing pollinator habitats for migratory birds and nearby farms. Human restoration projects such as building woodland trails for the grieving and supporting families with green burial services, offer opportunities to connect with Nature and the Spirit in each of us.
Our mission is dedicated to nourishing spiritual practice, community service and ecological stewardship in shared fellowship. We honor the sacred in nature, the sacred in our relationships, and the sacred act of remembering our loved ones through green burial.
Bluestem's name is a tribute to the common and enduring native grasses found across the Piedmont of North Carolina, Schizachyrium scoparium. Throughout the seasons, these grasses maintain a symbolic presence signifying constancy, rootedness, and the restorative properties in nature.
Bluestem is part of a national movement growing awareness for the community benefits of conservation burial. Learn more about our colleagues, founders and members of the Conservation Burial Alliance, and visit their unique and special places when you are traveling in their vicinity. These dedicated operators and owners of conservation burial grounds (and cemeteries) around the country are as committed to conservation and green burial as we are at Bluestem.
Header photo courtesy D Bouchard.