Allen Island, A Living Laboratory, in Portland Press Herald

A 450-acre island in Muscongus Bay, Allen Island allows “incoming Colby students to get an education in island life,” reports the Portland Press Herald July 15. Colby and Up East, a Wyeth family foundation, “have partnered to bring students new opportunities for hands-on, immersive learning on Allen Island and at the Herring Gut Learning Center, a nonprofit education center in Port Clyde,” the Press Herald reports. “The island also provides an unparalleled training ground for the next generation of Maine’s scientists,” the article continues. “Those kids are into it,” Miselis Professor of Chemistry Whitney King said of the visiting students. “It makes them more competitive. It makes them curious. I think it makes them appreciate what they’ve got.”