Mount Rushmore National Memorial has not been immune to the effects of this global pandemic. In fact, in the wake of COVID-19 and new social distancing guidelines, a new need has arisen at our beloved Shrine of Democracy, and we need your help.
The Mount Rushmore Bookstores’ Scholarship Program funds summer interns to assist park rangers in providing visitor services at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. These interns get valuable experiences working in a national park and shaping future careers, while ensuring that visitors to Mount Rushmore receive an experience of a lifetime.
This year, these interns will need to be housed individually rather than collectively to adhere to new health standards put into place by the National Park Service, resulting in more than $15,000 of additional costs. The Mount Rushmore Society has committed to assisting with these extra housing costs.
You can help to support this effort by making a gift today or joining with others from around the globe to make a gift onTuesday, May 5th for #GivingTuesdayNow.
#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 – in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec 1, 2020 #GivingTuesday – as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.
Fireworks to Return to Mount Rushmore
July 3, 2020.
The National Park Service (NPS) recently announced the return of Independence Day Fireworks to Mount Rushmore National Memorial on July 3, 2020, after an 11-year absence. Following an Environmental Assessment (EA) conducted earlier this year, the NPS issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) allowing the Independence Day fireworks celebration to be permitted based on the recommended alternative, which protects the memorial, the environment and park visitors.
The event will be held subject to appropriate weather, security, wildland fire conditions, and in accordance with the President’s Opening Up America Again guidelines. The public’s health and safety is of utmost importance, and therefore conditions in the permit issued to the state will allow for modifications to the event in accordance with all national, state and local health and safety guidelines. Click here for the full NPS press release.
The Great National Park Giveaway
President George Washington and staff friends gave away more than 600 Mount Rushmore Casting Kits during the Great National Park Giveaway!
Kids of all ages are in the midst of building their own Mount Rushmore during this time of learning from home.
Story Time at Mount Rushmore
Listen to Story Time at Mount Rushmore as the Mount Rushmore Society team reads some of our favorite, fun and educational books about Mount Rushmore. This is a reading of Who Carved the Mountain? The Story of Mount Rushmore by staff member Debbie Speas. Written by Jean Patrick. Illustrated by Renee Graef.
This is first in a series, so look for more readings to come!
Thank you to Cody Wiseman of Visit Rapid City for lending his expertise for this project. We couldn't have done it without you!
Find Your Park Festival Postponed Until 2021
We regret to inform you that the annual Find Your Park Festival has been cancelled for this year, but it will be back in 2021. Thank you for your continued support of this event!
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