Celebrating Hands-On Learning

The Thursday, July 13, over sixty people from Colby, the Herring Gut Alternative Learning Center, and the Up-East foundation hosted members of the Maine press to a celebration of the Colby-Herring Gut-Up East educational collaboration.  

Attached are some of the press postings:

Colby College students using islands as a classroom.  Story by Rob Caldwell

On private Maine island, hands-on learning meets high-level education

Incoming Colby students get education in island life

Wyeth family island a treasure trove for students

Herring Gut Learning Center and Allen Island – Maine. The Magazine.

Allen Island: A living lab where students can learn from fishermen, scientists, historians and artists, Maine Biz.

Colby College Comes to the Coast

The wind and rain did not dampen our enthusiasm for the current programs that the collaboration supports.    The day started at 10 AM at the Herring Gut Learning Center with remarks by President David Greene and Chair of the Herring Gut Board of Trustees Peter Harris.   We then toured the aquaponics systems and saltwater labs at Herring Gut before walking from the school to the docks in Port Clyde.   

The group boarded boats for Allen Island and were met on the island docks by Jamie and Phyllis Wyeth.   Island activities included a dedication of a new classroom on the ground floor of the bunk house, tours of the sail loft artifacts and art, and a traditional shore lunch in the island barn.   Jake and his crew had the island in perfect condition for the day.  It was a great opportunity for faculty, students, staff, Herring Gut and Up East staff and trustees to share our current work, imagine new initiatives, and simply spend some time visiting this exceptional part of Maine.