DeVries Nature Conservancy

"...the Playscape is not teaching children to play naturally, but is teaching parents to let their children play naturally.

The kids know how to do it."

DeVries has created a safe nature playscape that allows kids the freedom to explore, learn and create in nature - all within the eyesight of their parents. A playscape is an alternative to a traditional playground. Instead of monkey bars, swings and sand boxes - DNC's Nature Playscape features fort building materials, a climbing tree, dirt pits, a traverse climbing wall and sound elements.

The shed within the playscape is stocked with sand toys, wheel barrows, shovels, hard hats and much more that kids can use while playing. 

The Nature Playscape is located north east of the parking area near the hoop house and gardens.

The Nature Playscape is open from dawn to dusk throughout the year.

Donations towards the playscape are greatly appreciated. 


- general monetary donations to aid in construction and maintenance of elements

- short handled shovels/tools and sand toys

- whirly gigs and kid-friendly yard ornaments and wind chimes

- 5-10 yards of play sand

- Mulch (lots and lots!)

- Volunteers for maintenance projects (check the Get Involved page for more information)

- Native plants

- Shade canopy

To donate, contact us at 989-723-3365 or

Donations are tax deductible.

Thank you to our sponsors for making the Nature Playscape possible:

Kiwanis of Owosso

The Rural Partners of Michigan

The Home Depot Foundation

Home Depot of Owosso/Corunna

Shiawassee Youth Advisory Council

Tom Cook & Anna Owens

Greg Weinert's Tree Service

Fuoss Gravel

Gilbert's True Value

Thornburg Electric

Dick Thornburg

 DayStarr Communications

Darling Hardware of Perry

Owosso Middle School Environmental Club

And all our families that donated items, money or their time to make the playscape a reality!

Contact us

Mail us: 2635 N. M52 

             PO Box 608

             Owosso, MI 48867

Call us: 989.723.3365

Email us:

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