DeVries Nature Conservancy

The DeVries Nature Conservancy is a nonprofit organization created through the estate of Jack and Frances DeVries. It was the DeVries' intent that their property endure forever as a place for the community to enjoy; dedicated to preserving the natural history and agricultural heritage of Shiawassee County.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the DeVries Nature Conservancy is to inspire curiosity and foster learning about Michigan's natural history and rural past by providing engaging, individualized, and unique experiences to the public.


Our stated purpose is:

To protect and preserve the natural communities that inhibit the Conservancy's grounds in a manner consistent with the region's native flora and fauna;

To help people understand  their local heritage by cultivating a "sense of place" through an appreciation of the region's human history and natural environment; all the elements that, together, make a place special and unique.


Trails and Nature Playscape are open: 

Dawn to Dusk, year round


Nature Center Building Hours:  

Generally 9:00am-4:00pm weekdays**


**There may be times where both staff members are out of the office, or there are facility rentals that will lock the building to visitors. You can always call and make an appointment.




The original staff of DeVries. 

Ken Algozin, Director; Tracy Page, Educator and Don Braatz, Grounds


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Contact us

Mail us: 2635 N. M52 

             PO Box 608

             Owosso, MI 48867

Call us: 989.723.3365

Email us: info@devriesnc.org


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