Use the Anza Trail as a teaching tool in your classroom or community

The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail and its partners throughout Arizona and California provide opportunities to learn the legacy of our shared history. Students can experience the stories of the men, women, and children traveling the Anza Trail in 1776, and reflect on the changes they brought to the culture and landscape of the American West. 

For an example of curriculum-based programs about the Anza Expedition being presented in the Tucson, AZ region, read our page about Exploring the Anza Trail: 4th Grade Education Program

Exploring the Anza Trail at Home (Grades 3 & 4)

As many students are learning from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we've developed resources for teachers and parents to use for lessons at home.

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Teaching the Anza Trail (Grades 3 & 4)

Students role play as a member of the Anza Expedition & experience the journey through a variety of activities. Five 1-hour lessons for grades 3 & 4.

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Alta California Here We Come! (Grades 3 & 4)

60-minute lesson for grades 3 & 4. Students experience the challenges of the 1775-76 Anza Expedition and learn how to trace its route on a map.

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Alta California Here We Come

Healthy Water and Local History (Grade 3)

This 3rd grade lesson plan connects the story of healthy freshwater to the story of a community's history.

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Last updated: June 10, 2020

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