At Heartwood Preserve, we value sharing ideas and gaining new insights through ties to peers and professional organizations within the burial services and conservation communities. Today, as the importance of applying environmentally friendly practices to burial services becomes better appreciated, we’re especially eager to work with select organizations that emphasize the need to address ecological concerns.   Following are profiles of some of these related organizations:

Green Burial Council is an independent, tax-exempt, nonprofit organization working to encourage environmentally sustainable death care and the use of burial as a new means of protecting natural areas. The GBC has developed the first standards and eco-certification program for burial groundsfuneral homes and burial products.

Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery, located near Gainesville, Florida, is the state’s first conservation cemetery. Operated by Conservation Burial Inc., Prairie Creek follows the certification standards of the Green Burial Council. The cemetery property, including all burial areas, is maintained as conservation land. Proceeds of burials are used to purchase and conserve land for future generations, including the 78 acres located at Prairie Creek.

The Tampa Bay Conservancy is a land conservation organization devoted to protecting the region’s natural, agricultural and scenic heritage. As a conservation partner of Heartwood Preserve, TBC serves as advisor and steward of our conservation efforts, offering educational programs and expertise in the fields of ecology and land conservation.

The Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) is dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and restoration of Florida’s native plants and the natural communities that support them.

The Nature Coast chapter of FNPS celebrates the native plants of Pasco County, Florida, and hosts a variety of fun field trips, plant sales, and informative meetings in nearby Land O’Lakes.

Audubon Florida is an interactive network of conservationists that works to bring people together to appreciate, enjoy, and protect birds and nature.

West Pasco Audubon Society, the local chapter of Audubon Florida, offers regular programs and field trips at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, our conservation neighbor to the north side of the Preserve.

The Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park offers visitors a variety of outdoor recreational activities including: birdwatching, camping, fishing, hiking, horse riding, bicycling and skating in  a wilderness-type setting.