A new partnership has connected Colby students with Allen Island, in Maine’s Muscongus Bay, and the Herring Gut Learning Center in nearby Port Clyde. Allen Island, owned by a Wyeth family foundation, will be the site of classes studying the chemistry and ecology of the bay, among a variety of courses now being created by Colby faculty. Students will also work at the learning center, which offers alternative education to youth on the St. George peninsula. The partnership adds to the potential of a recent $800,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for an environmental humanities initiative.