Celebrate from Omaha, NE to Bend, OR
The pioneering spirit lives on! The Oregon-California Trail Association (OCTA) and the National Park Service are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act by hosting the American Solar Challenge, which is managed by Innovators Educational Foundation. From July 14-22, 2018 college students from around the globe will head west along the Oregon Trail, but instead of traveling in wagons, they will drive their own self-designed and constructed solar cars. The challenge begins in Omaha, Nebraska and ends in Bend, Oregon, following the Oregon Trail as closely as possible. The qualified participants will make daily stops in communities and national parks. The public is invited to meet the drivers, learn about the cars, and discover a piece of history at every stopping point as well as participate in special activities and events presented by OCTA volunteers and park rangers at each of the locations. For more information, follow the American Solar Challenge and the Oregon National Historic Trail on Facebook.