River's Edge was founded by child mental health practitioner, Teece Nowell, LCPC. Through her private practice Teece began to document the healing effects of spending time in nature for her clients. She researched her observations and found overwhelming support of the therapeutic benefits for children spending time outdoors and engaging in free play. After launching forest based programs, other professionals in various fields of child development "fell into her lap". They had come to the same conclusions in their work that Teece did in her practice; kids need to be outside more and they need time for free play to promote healthy growth and development. From this passion, River's Edge Forest Play was born and our nature play loving family of forest guides, kids, families, and schools continues to grow!

Adventure awaits, Come play with us!

Meet Our Team

We are a diverse team of professionals from the fields of psychology, occupational therapy, and education.

The diversity of  our professions makes us a well rounded team to bring the best outdoor, WHOLE child development programming for your child! 

Teece Nowell, MS LCPC

Founder & Director

Teece Nowell, LCPC is a Maryland licensed clinical professional counselor in private practice. Teece has been supporting children and their families to reach their potential since 2005.  Teece has extensive training working with children whether in her therapy playroom or in nature. Teece has nature immersion training and has been certified by the countries most recognized professionals; Erin Kenny of Cedarsong Nature School and Angela Hanscom of TimberNook. 

Teece grew up on Maryland's Eastern Shore where she spent her summers exploring marshes, creeks and rivers and seeking adventures with her brother and sisters. When they weren't crabbing, sailing or chasing stingrays on Tripp's Creek, they built forts in the woods, pedaled for miles on their country roads, and discovered adventure trails through the fields. From sun up to sun down a gaggle of kids could be found exploring and adventuring and most importuning using their imaginations. 

Going back to her roots in the country of Maryland's Eastern Shore and knowing the positive impact nature had on her spirit and confidence as a child, Teece is honored and excited to share River's Edge Forest Play with children and families. 


Colleen Wright, MS/BS OTR/L

Forest Guide

Colleen holds a  Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupation and Wellbing from Towson University. Colleen loves working with children and has been a private nanny, a school aged childcare teacher, a camp director and a Sunday School teacher. 

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Sammi Ludlum


Forest Guide

Sammi attended Anne Arundel Community College where she made the Dean's list before transferring to Salisbury University where she is double majoring in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Sammi has been a REFP guide for 3 years.

Emily McMahon


Forest Guide

Emily holds a Bachelor's degree and Maryland Teaching Credential in Early Childhood Education and Special Education/Intervention. She has experience with delivering individualized instruction to students in classroom, support, and therapy settings, and has worked as a developmental specialist and a first-grade teacher.

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Brooke Herrera, MS/BS OTR/L

Advisory Board

Brooke holds a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Towson University and B.S. in Psychology from Lees McRae College. She has experience with sensory integration therapy, school-based therapy, physical rehabilitation in a nursing home, and aquatic therapy.


Teece Nowell Founding Director

PO Box 325

5030 Sudley Rd 

West River, MD 20778





A nature immersion program designed to nurture children through nature play.

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