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Surviving the Oregon Trail: What should we take?

from Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum

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This program looks at the decisions that emigrants had to make as they prepared to cross the continent on the Oregon Trail. Students will become familiar with the supplies and equipment needed to cross the America continent successfully in wagons in the 1840's. Using inquiry learning students will evaluate which items were essential for survival and which items were luxuries.

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About This Program


By Request: $125.00


60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Public Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Sciences, Problem Solving

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.

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Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum

The Dalles, OR
United States

We are the official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and the Historical Museum for Wasco County. We offer a wide variety of natural and cultural programs. We are accredited by the American Association of Museums.

Rebekah Rafferty
5412968600 ext209

Program Details


1. Introduction
2. Show students where we are located on the Oregon Trail.
3. Students will brainstorm what items they would take on a trip today.
4. Students will then brainstorm items that would be taken on the Oregon Trail in the 1840's.
5. Student will be shown pictures, artifacts, and video presentations of supplies and equipment taken on the Oregon Trail.
6. Conclusion and questions.


The students will be able to:
Describe the supplies and equipment taken on the Oregon Trail.
Evaluate which items were essential.
Explain why taking the "right" items were essential for a successful crossing.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Understands the people, events, problems, and ideas that were significant in creating the history of their state

Understands the causes and nature of movements of large groups of people into and within the United States, now and long ago

Understands United States territorial expansion between 1801 and 1861, and how it affected relations with external powers and Native Americans

Understand the processes, patterns, and functions of human settlement.

Understand how to apply geography to interpret the past.

State Standards

SS.05.HS.06 Understand how individuals changed or significantly influenced
The course of Oregon State History

SS.08.HS.07.02 Understand the interactions and contributions of the various people and cultures that have lived in or migrated to the area that is now Oregon from post-American Revolution to 1900.

SS.08.HS.08 Understand the lasting influence of events and developments in local history.

SS.03.HS.02 Understand events from local history.