Being Nature-Safe means respecting wildlife and it's place in the environment. It means being aware of the living things around you. Nature-Safety also means knowing how to avoid unpleasant experiences with nature. Most plants and animals have defense mechanisms to protect themselves and their offspring. A defense mechanism might be anything from a wasp's stinger to Poison Ivy's invisible oil that makes us itch for days. Each defense mechanism is meant to scare off attackers. When we learn to understand we can turn fear into fascination.