In a world of family deterioration and unrelieved stress, activities are needed which promote togetherness and relaxation. Nature study and outdoor discovery programs lend themselves well as stress-reducing and family-enriching activities. Natural Discovery activities may take the form of hiking, 'gardening, trail building, animal tracking, meditation, or cloud watching; as many options exist as stars in the night sky.

Keys to family enrichment include taking responsibility, finding inherent rewards, and individual discovery. Keys to stress relief include changing one's environment, exercising, and involvement in worthy endeavors. Not only do Natural Discovery activities contain all six keys, they are easily adaptable for all ages, abilities, incomes, interests, and schedules.