Colby’s newest academic partner

In 2017 Colby College and Maine Huts & Trails (MH&T) established an academic partnership to create outdoor learning and recreation opportunities for our students, faculty, and staff. The goals of this partnership include extending the classroom from the Colby campus into the Maine woods, engaging students in experiential learning with an eco-tourism enterprise, and increasing our capacity for forest and fresh-water research activities.  MH&T seeks to support academic research and systems assessments that will inform their environmental stewardship practices to improve efficiency of off-the-grid energy systems, the development of local economies, and enhance their strategies for education and environmental stewardship. Through this academic partnership we are able to fund a total of 100 overnight visits during the 2017/18 academic year.  In addition, the Colby community is eligible for reduced rates on membership and use of the MH&T resources.