Brain Exercises – July 12

National Parks: Our nation is blessed with many national parks. See if you can identify some features of these wonderful reserves.

  1. Humpback whales will most likely be seen at ________National   Park.
  2. The newest national park is ____.  ________.    ______ in ______.
  3. Famous artist ______ ________ traveled west in 1830 to paint portraits of tribes.  He was among the first to suggest the impact of preserving lands for parks. 
  4. In 1812, President ______ signed the Yellowstone Act to form the first national park.
  5. Later President _________.   __________ set aside 230 million acres of land for federal protection.
  6. In French, the name of this national park in Maine means “heaven on earth.”  In _______ National Park, the highest mountain is _______ Mountain.
  7. In 1942, the  Forest Service adopted a mascot with a ranger’s hat in response to a Japanese sub firing on an oil refinery in Ellwood, California, resulting in a large fire. This furry face of ______   _____  ______ became the longest running ad campaign in the United States. 

8. This largest park in the nation (6Xs Yellowstone and 17 Xs Yosemite) is called the “land of fire and ice” with 150 glaciers, one of which is called the Galloping Glacier.   This park, established in 1980 and containing 13.2 million acres is ________- ________ in Alaska.

9. ________ National Park near Seattle is one of the largest remaining rain forests , with 12 feet of rain each year. 

10. Mt. Denali was once known as Mt. ________. The name “Denali” in Athabaskan means “the high one” or “the great one.”  This original name was restored by the federal government in 2015.

11. ________ National Park in Utah was named by Mormon pioneers in the late 1860s to describe its 230 square miles of rock formations. 

12. What percentage of the United States do national parks cover?

13. How many states do the national parks span?

14. Which national park is said to have the largest tree in the world?

15. Where can you sled down the tallest sand dune in North America?

16. The most visited national park in the United States is ______. ________ National Park. 


  1. Glacier National Park

2. New River Gorge in West Virginia

3. George Caitlin

4. Grant

5. Theodore Roosevelt

6. Acadia, Cadillac

7. Smokey the Bear

8. Wrangell – St. Elias 

9. Olympia

10. McKinley

11. Zion

12. 3.4 %

13. 27

14. Sequoia

15.  Great Sand Dunes 

16. Great Smokies