Last updated: March 29, 2023
Using our website as a resource, find the answers to each question below and write them on a piece of paper.
Once you've completed the activities, download or print your badge from the bottom of this page.
Mount Rushmore Before and After
Mount Rushmore as it appeared before carving began.
Mount Rushmore as it appears today with the carving complete.
Credit: NPS Photo
Using our website, find the answers to the following questions and write them down on a piece of paper.
Who was the artist that designed the carving and directed the work?
What was used to remove over 90% of the rock from the mountain?
How many total workers worked on the carving?
Two United States Presidents came for dedications of Mount Rushmore. Who were they?
Activity 3 - Design Your Own Memorial
For this activity you are the designer. Imagine you have been hired to create a memorial to attract visitors and to tell a story about some part of the United States' history. What would you create? Using a piece of paper, either draw your idea or write about what you would do. Would you carve people, like Gutzon Borglum did, or would you carve something else?
Hall of Records
Workers carving the entrance to the Hall of Records
Photo of the entrance to the Hall of Records as it looks today.
Activity 5 - Word Search
Click on the picture to the right, print it and find the listed words. If you don't have a printer, write down the words on a piece of paper once you discover them.
Activity Six - Birds at Mount Rushmore
Many different birds can often be seen during a visit to Mount Rushmore. Visit the Photo Galleries page and view some of the more common birds. Write down one bird you would like to see while visiting Mount Rushmore.
Then write down one bird you often see where you live. Is the bird you see where you live one of the commonly seen birds at Mount Rushmore?
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Mount Rushmore National Memorial!