Memory In Nature®: How we celebrate life

The Science Care Program is about life. Each year we plant a tree for every donor who donates their body to science through our program, and a tree for every medical research and education program we help to support.
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A life-affirming commitment to benefit humanity

Trees are planted in national forests throughout the country, helping to preserve public land and provide food and habitat for wildlife. Science Care is proud to help the earth and humanity heal through life-affirming action. The Memory in Nature program is a small way we honor the gift of donation to science, and leave the world a better place for future generations.

Memory in Nature

In 2021, Science Care is working with the National Forest Foundation to support reforestation in Montana's Kootenai National Forest. This project will support post-fire tree planting in areas impacted by the lightning-caused West Fork Fire of 2017. Reforestation will jumpstart forest recovery, provide food and habitat for wildlife (grizzly bears and lynx inhabit this forest), and help with climate change mitigation.

For more information on the Kootenai National Forest, visit this USDA Forest Service page.

“Thank you for honoring our son in such a memorable way. He loved the outdoors, and the tree represented the cycle of life.”
— A donor's Loved One

Recent Memory In Nature Reforestation Projects

San Juan National Forest (2018)

San Juan National Forest covers 1.8 million acres in the southwestern corner of Colorado. Terrain ranges from high-desert mesas to alpine peaks.  Several of Colorado’s famous “14’ers” (14,000 ft. peaks) can be found in the Weminuche and Lizard Head Wilderness Areas. Theodore Roosevelt created the forest by proclamation on June 3, 1905.

Lassen National Forest (2017)

The Lassen National Forest is one of 155 national forests across the United States and one of 18 national forests in California. Covering 1.2 million acres, it lies at the crossroads of the Modoc Plateau, the Great Basin, the Cascade Range, and the Sierra Nevada Mountains in northeast California.

Etoniah Creek State Forest – Florida (2016)

Reforestation of degraded sandhill sites on the Etoniah Creek State Forest is critical and has been an ongoing project since the late 1990’s when the State of Florida acquired this property as a state forest. Restoring longleaf pine to this site will allow for Wild turkey, white-tailed deer, quail, gray and fox squirrels, and other species endemic to the sandhill natural community type to flourish.

Clarion County – Pennsylvania (2015)

Arbor Day Foundation reforestation partnership with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Green Forests Work, the American Chestnut Foundation and the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative. The Appalachian region is home to some of the most diverse temperate forestland in the world, but past mining activities have left thousands of acres devoid of trees and suffering from compacted soils.

Pike National Forest – Colorado (2014)

LOCATED ON 3 MILLION ACRES in central and southeast Colorado, the Pike & San Isabel National Forests offer a diverse landscape from short grass prairies to alpine tundra. The forest includes the Windy Ridge Bristlecone Pine Scenic Area, a grove of stunning, ancient bristlecone pine trees.