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Why Nature Camps?


ReWild the Child NWA was founded when we recognized a need in our community for kids to have an adventurous sensory integrative play experience and reconnect with nature and detox from screen time.  

Practicing in a clinic environment as pediatric occupational therapists, we have worked with children of all ages to assist in sensory processing, motor skills, and self-regulation in order to participate in all areas of their activities of daily living successfully. Although a clinic environment is extremely useful, we saw the benefit of a sensory rich experience of outdoor play. Our sensory camps are for all children to enrich imaginative play.

Research has shown that time spent playing outdoors is beneficial for the health of all children both physically and emotionally. A few of the positive benefits of outdoor play may include: 

  • Reduced anxiety and improved self-esteem

  • Improved sensory processing

  • Improved motor abilities/balance

  • Strengthened immune system

  • Increased eye-hand coordination

  • Increased attention

  • Improved problem solving and creativity

Our understanding and training in child development allow us to guide play exploration that is natural and inspiring. We want to provide a safe experience for the children of Northwest Arkansas to reconnect with the adventure of outdoor play beyond the backyard. 



Christy & Melissa


Christy Pierce, MOT, OTR/L

Melissa Wells, COTA/L, CIMI

Ms. Christy
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Ms. Christy grew up exploring the creek and woods on her family farm in rural Missouri. One of her most favorite things to do is be outside! She obtained her Masters of Occupational Therapy degree from The University of Missouri. Ms. Christy enjoys beekeeping and metal detecting for lost treasures. She resides in Bella Vista with her husband and two daughters. 

Ms. Melissa

Ms. Melissa grew up in rural Wyoming exploring the mountain sides and lakes while fishing and building forts with her older brother. One of her most favorite activities is mountain biking with her husband and two sons. Melissa obtained her Occupational Therapy Assistant degree in Wyoming, and her Bachelors of Science at the University of Montana. She moved with her family to Bella Vista to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle of NWA. 

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