Traveling Trunks


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  • The traveling trunks help students  gain a better understanding of the people living in the Santa Monica Mountains Area

    Reserve our free cultural heritage traveling trunks and explore the Tongva & Chumash pre-contact period and 19th century Spanish/Mexican cultures of the mission and rancho era with your 3rd ‹ 5th grade students. Teacher-led traveling trunks are designed to compare cultural periods in Southern California and Santa Monica Mountains’ history. Period reproduction artifacts, activities, lesson plans, reference materials and curriculum guides are included.

    Traveling Trunk
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Fifth Grade
    American Indian History and Culture, Family Life, Hispanic or Latino American History and Culture, History, Regional Studies, Social Studies
    National/State Standards:
    California History-Social Science Content Standards 3.3, 4.2, 5.1
  • Traveling Trunk Contents

    The Anza Trail Traveling Trunk is a teachers' resource offered by the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation and the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.

    Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the 1775-1776 colonizing expedition led by Juan Bautista de Anza. Students will learn about the people, landscape, and style of life on the Anza Trail through the items in the trunk.

    Traveling Trunk
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten-Eighth Grade
    American Indian History and Culture, Colonial History, Hispanic or Latino American History and Culture, History, Immigration, Pioneer America, Social Studies, Westward Expansion
    National/State Standards:
    CA Standard 3.2.4, CA Standard 3.3.3, CA Standard 4.2.3
    California, history, Spanish missions, Chumash, trails

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Mailing Address:

333 Bush Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94104


(415) 623-2343
Details listed are for the San Francisco administrative office of the Anza Trail. The 1,200-mile Anza Trail connects historic, cultural, and recreation sites from Nogales, AZ, to the San Francisco Bay Area that reveal the legacy of our Spanish colonial heritage. To learn more, visit Each site along the Anza Trail is managed independently. Contact individual sites for hours, directions, and other details.

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