DELTA Summit

Dartmouth Experiential Learning & Teaching Adventure
August 6-8, 2018
Hanover, NH

What is the DELTA Summit?

The Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL) is partnering with the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) to convene the inaugural DELTA Summit: an applied, reflective professional development program that actively engages educators in the process of gaining critical knowledge and skills in the theory and practice of experiential learning pedagogy while exploring big questions and challenges in our field. 

What is it really?

An opportunity to build a cross-cutting community of experiential learning educators, share best practices, exchange big ideas, and spend time in the beautiful outdoors during summer in New Hampshire.

2018 Cohort

In our first year, we received over 150 applications for the DELTA Summit at Dartmouth College - representing 4 countries, 22 states, 50 colleges and universities, 8 K-12 schools, and 10 independent education organizations. From an incredibly robust pool, our team assembled a diverse, cross-cutting cohort of 60 highly imaginative, passionate educators and big-thinkers in the field of experiential learning. Together, the inagural cohort will:

  • Actively contribute to a cutting-edge, integrative community of practice that spans the full spectrum of experiential learning, including service-learning, internships, outdoor/adventure-based education, research, and more.
  • Explore experiential learning questions and challenges with other big-thinkers in the field.
  • Engage in experiential learning first-hand, as both a teacher and a learner.
  • Put theory into practice by engaging in learning-by-doing

Cost to Attend

Event attendance is free of charge and includes lodging, an evening reception Monday night, breakfast, lunch & dinner Tuesday, and breakfast & lunch on Wednesday. 

Event Details

Additional details will be posted here as the event approaches. Please stay tuned for more information!

Monday August 6th, 2018

  • Attendees arrive for their 3pm check-in to hotels in Hanover, NH
  • 4pm -- Welcome Event & Reception
    • This is where you’ll meet your “Troop” - a small group of fellow attendees with whom you will connect throughout the experience to share ideas and reflect on learning.

Tuesday August 7th, 2018

  • Full Day of Programming at the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge
  • Reflective Bonfire

Wednesday August 8th, 2018

  • Challenge by Choice:
    • Option: Mt Moosilauke Hike: This mountain have been the spiritual home for the Dartmouth out-of-doors for more than one hundred years. An elevation gain of 2,500 feet and total of 7.2 miles. We’ll enjoy bag lunch at the summit with a breathtaking 360 degree vista. The hike should take 5-6 hours.
    • Option: Profile Lake Trail: 1.3 mile paved trail for all skills levels with an elevation gain of 108 feet. You’ll take a thirty minute drive through beautiful Franconia Notch State Park to the trail. It winds around Profile Lake and offers views of the Pemigewasset River. This will take about 30-40 minutes. You’ll also visit the Old Man in the Mountain Historic Site. On the way back, the group can stop in for a 0.2 mile walk in a paved trail to see The Basin, one of the natural wonders of the park which Henry David Thoreau claimed was, “perhaps the most remarkable curiosity of its kind in New England.”
  • Wrap-Up and Departure around 4:30pm

Room & Board


August 6th – Out of town attendees will be hosted in an area hotel. Check-in is at 3:00 p.m. Breakfast is included the next morning, served starting at 6:30am and the bus leaves at 8am.

August 7th – Attendees are encouraged to stay overnight at the brand new Moosilauke Ravine Lodge. These rustic accommodations are hostel-style bunk houses with mattresses and linens provided. Showers and bathrooms are housed in the Main Lodge. For more information, see here. (For those who choose not to stay overnight, a shuttle will return attendees to Hanover)


August 6th
Dinner: Heavy appetizers will be served at the Welcome Reception. For those looking for dinner afterwards, there are many restaurants in Hanover. 

August 7th
Breakfast: Breakfast will be provided at the hotel
Lunch: Lunch buffet will be provided at the Lodge
Dinner: A hearty, family-style meal will be provided at the Lodge

August 8th
Breakfast: A hot, family-style breakfast will be provided at the Lodge
Lunch: A bagged lunch will be provided to take on your adventure!

DELTA Leadership Team

DELTA is collaboratively designed and facilitated by a team of educators from across Dartmouth, who are all approaching experiential learning from different angles:

Lisa Baldez
Director, Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning
Professor of Government and Program in Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies

Ashley Doolittle
Associate Director of Academic and Service Engagement
Dartmouth Center for Social Impact

Colleen Goodhue
Media Engagement and Communications Manager
Media Production Group/Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning

Elli Goudzwaard
Learning Initiatives Program Manager
Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning

Mike Goudzwaard
Learning Designer
Educational Technologies

Ashley Kehoe
Associate Director for Experiential Learning
Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning

Adam Nemeroff
Learning Designer
Educational Technologies