20160627_143156Allen Island is a 450 acre island located 5 miles south of Port Clyde, Maine.   The island is owned and managed by the Up East Foundation.  The island has commercial docks that support an active lobster fishery.  The north end of the island has number of homes, a barn, and a bunk house for overnight guests.  The south end of the island is undeveloped and accessed via a dirt road running through large tracks of native trees and fields grazed by 100 island sheep.   The island was developed by Betsy Wyeth and was the inspiration for many of Andrew Wyeth’s paintings.


20160627_111646Colby – Allen Island Partnership:   The goal of this partnership is to encourage Colby faculty to develop research and educational projects that make effective use of Allen Island’s facilities, landscape, wildlife and any domesticated livestock, habitats, art and culture.  Programs should have reciprocal benefits to Colby and the community on the 20160627_114456Saint George Peninsula and surrounding islands.   For example, building geologic maps of the island bedrock is a great experience for Colby students and builds fundimental knowledge of island geology.  Studying the cultural geography of the islands is another great project.   Using the island as a recreational destination is not appropriate.

The Herring Gut Learning Center is  is a non-profit marine education center 20160627_153632overlooking the working fishing village of Port Clyde, Maine.

The school uses the abundant coastal resources surrounding the campus to present aquaculture and marine science programs that (www.herringgut.org):

  • Engage public school students in grades 6-12 who are academically at risk, using a hands-on, entrepreneurial, business-based model to keep them in school.
  • Train teachers in engaging, hands-on instruction that increases student interest and comprehension in science, math, history and the arts.
  • 20160627_154302Connect academic concepts with local ecosystems and fisheries in customized, hands-on classes for groups of public school students.
  • Offer a First Work Experience during the summer months for local teens ages 13-15.
  • Teach conservation and sustainable practices to a new generation of ocean stewards through community outreach programs.
  • Engage families around marine science topics through our summer Saltwater Series.

Colby – Herring Gut Partnership:  The goal of the partnership is to develop and encourage collaborative research and educational programming at Herring Gut and at the locations of Herring Gut’s other educational partners to further each parties’ educational, research and charitable missions.    Programs at Herring Gut should have reciprocal benefits to Colby and the educational community on the Saint George Peninsula.   We are currently planning programs for Colby students to spend January-term, student practicums at the school.  In addition the Herring Gut Learning Center provides a hands-on opportunity for Colby students to study alternative education programs and outcomes.

Participation in Allen Island and Herring Gut Programs:  All members of the Colby community are encouraged to submit proposals for Allen Island or Herring Gut partnerships.   Programing could be in areas of environmental science, education, cultural geography, documentary film, economics, american history, art history, and many other areas currently not imagined.   Programs should have reciprocal benefits to Colby and the community on the Saint George Peninsula and surrounding islands.

Allen IslandOvernight accommodations are available on Allen Island and Herring Gut.   Colby will provide transportation to Port Clyde, food, and logistics support for faculty, staff, and students.   Programing can be scheduled all times of the year, but transportation to the island is more predictable April through November.  It is a five mile, thirty minute boat ride from Port Clyde to Allen Island.

Faculty interested in opportunities on Allen Island or Herring Gut should contact Whitney King (dwking@colby.edu) for more information on existing programs and to schedule a visit to the island or school.  Based on the visit and conversations with program participants, faculty are encouraged to prepare draft proposals for preliminary evaluation.  Full proposals should be submitted to Whitney King in May and December for evaluation by the Up East and Herring Gut boards in July and January.   Spontaneous proposals that don’t meet this timeline may still be considered, but must be able to make a compelling case for accelerated consideration.