DeVries, MI, Announces Plans for Natural Playscape

DeVries, MI, Announces Plans for Natural Playscape
OWOSSO TWP. — Today’s children may be wired in, but they are disconnected from nature — so says author Richard Louv, who coined the term Nature Deficit Disorder to describe the malady.

Not to worry. The staff at DeVries Nature Conservancy, 2635 N. M-52, is busy developing a “cure” — the DeVries Nature Playscape, a safe, natural space aimed at giving kids the freedom to explore, learn and create in nature, all within eyesight of their parents.

The playscape, to be built next spring on a quarter-acre of land on conservancy property, won’t look like any other play area in Shiawassee County.

“My goal is that everything will be edible,” Tracy McMullen, DeVries environmental education coordinator, said Tuesday.

The playscape will include a sunflowe…
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