Place is part of our identity, whether as individuals, families, or communities. Dr. Thomas W. Woods suggests,
People develop a “sense of place” through experience and knowledge of a particular area. A sense of place emerges through knowledge of the history, geography and geology of an area, its flora and fauna, the legends of a place, and a growing sense of the land and its history after living there for a time.
A sense of place is important to our family. We consciously moved to Duluth in order to build outdoor memories together (read more about our story and why we think Duluth is a great place to raise an outdoor kid).
To broaden our sense of place, we want to explore the combination of characteristics that makes Minnesota, especially its natural landscape, unique.
Thus, we have set a family goal to visit every Minnesota State Park and State Recreation Area (SRA) before Daley and Finley fly the nest.
There are 72 parks and 4 SRAs, bringing the total to 76.
Here is what we hope to gain from achieving our goal.
1. Foster adventure and openness (to take with them later hopefully across the globe)
2. Learn about Minnesota’s varying geography, geology, and local history
3. Spend time together in nature
4. Enjoy the thrill of road trips!
To help record each adventure, the kids signed up for the Minnesota State Parks Passport Club. I’ve written another post outlining this program here.
Here are our reports from each park as we visit it (list will be continually updated):
How many state parks have you visited? Which ones are your favorites? Share your experiences in the comment box below. Thanks!