In a collaborative effort with the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA), funded by a Union Pacific Foundation grant, five educational trunks have been created for teachers around Northern Nevada to use in their classrooms. One trunk is located in the Reno/Carson area, one in Winnemucca, and three are available at the Trail Center in Elko, Nevada. Staff from the Nevada Outdoor School are currently using the trunks to make presentations at schools in the area.
The trunks contain clothing, cooking utensils, toys, and other artifacts from the mid-nineteenth century. Accompanied by lesson plans, the trunks are intended for use by classroom teachers and other educators who desire to share this wonderful part of Western history with their students. One trunk was also placed at OCTA headquarters in Independence, Missouri.