The Final Push: Ensuring Moosilauke Ravine Lodge is in Great Shape for Future Generations
The new Moosilauke Ravine Lodge is proving to be a worthy successor to the original, providing a revitalized basecamp for the Dartmouth Outing Club and this year’s inaugural waves of First-Year Trips students.
For many students in the Class of 2022, friendships established at the lodge will last not only through their years at Dartmouth, but for rest of their lives.
Construction of the new lodge was made possible through the generosity of students, alumni, and business leaders. Two significant cornerstone gifts helped make the new lodge a reality. A $5 million challenge gift from George “Skip” Battle ’66 and his children, Daniel Battle ’01 and Emily Battle ’05, provided critical momentum for fundraising efforts.The Battles cited a desire to preserve Moosilauke’s sense of community, character, and traditions as the motivation for their gift.
On the endowment side, Dartmouth parents Carolyn Taylor P’18,’20 and Brian Taylor P’18,’20 were inspired by their family’s shared interest in the outdoors to make a $3 million gift to the lodge to ensure its operation and maintenance for decades to come. In recognition, the lodge’s outdoor amphitheater will be named in the Taylor family’s honor.
Thanks to this tremendous community support, the lodge’s fundraising is nearing its final goal. But it’s not time to celebrate with s’mores yet. Approximately $1 million remains to be raised to fulfill the fundraising goal for the lodge.
Dartmouth invites all who have their own favorite Trips memories—or those who just want to continue the tradition of Trips and outdoor adventure for future students—to give to the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge Fund. Gifts of all sizes are meaningful and appreciated!