Educational Resources

Educational Resources & Information

Learn about the Oregon Trail

Our learning center is organized to make it easier to research and find materials useful for understanding the varied aspects of the westward migrations.

There is a vast range of materials and information about the West, but only some of this can be presented here. It is hoped that this will provide the basic information and encourage the door to be opened for deeper study. Some of the materials we have developed about the historic trails can be found in School Resources.

On this Page:
a man and woman in pioneer clothing walk next to yoked oxen and a covered wagon

Pioneers wrote of their travels to Oregon, California, Utah, Montana, and other western locations in diaries, letters, remembrances, and newspaper articles.

William Henry Jackson painting of emigrants crossing stream with hand carts and covered wagons

The trail facts which appear on our website are the work of Dr. Robert Munkres, our resident historical expert, who compiled them from various sources.

These resources listed here are suitable for learners of all ages, but some are specifically designed for elementary and middle school students.

OCTA is proud to support and recognize educators and students through awards, an honorarium, and annual prizes.

Have you have ever thought about throwing all of your possessions into the back of your car and heading out for parts unknown?

NPS Maps and Auto Tour Route Interpretive Guides