One safety theme that is emphasized at this seminar has to do with protection against exposure. It is February in the northeast and even though it’s not too cold, we are standing around listening and watching, activities that generally do not generate much heat. We’re getting cold. Fortunately, our next activity involves building a shelter out of what we can find in this standard forest. Which is to say, downed logs and other plantlife. We scour the area and drag back branches and logs and ferns and other ground cover, all of which, over a period of 45 minutes, we transform into a reasonably airtight lean-to that could do a yeoman’s job of protecting us from the elements. We learn how to guess at which direction the wind might hit us, and we fortify that side of the shelter. Minimize exposure. We clear the small area under the shelter and use the rocks to bolster the sides. Home, if we need it.