The fourth grade participated in a project called My Side of the Forest, put on by the Flying Deer Nature Center at MED this April. The program was based on the classic book My Side of the Mountain, about a boy who heads to the Catskill Mountains to live alone in the wilderness. The students read from the book, then headed out to the wooded trails on campus with guest educators from Flying Deer to learn about plants, animals, and some of the survival skills the main character in the book had to learn. Pictured here, 4th graders learn how to build a miniature shelter out of sticks and leaves, then tests its effectiveness by sticking their heads inside while water is poured over it. All heads emerged dry! This program was supported by a grant from the Chatham Education Foundation of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, as well as the MED PTA.