Oct 26, 2022
096 | Dual-Citizen Family
Explores all State Parks in Wisconsin
Tracy Philippi is a 4-seasons
adventure enthusiast raising her 3 young, dual-citizens between
Madison, Wisconsin and Canada. During COVID, Tracy and her family
completed their goal of camping, hiking & swimming in all 48
Wisconsin State Parks. Tracy is a professional fundraiser, leading
the charge to build a library in her community (the only place in
Dane County without a library!) as a passionate volunteer.
Currently on a gap year from paid employment, Tracy is focusing on
slowing down, solo backpacking with her kids, expanding her
vegetable & pollinator gardens and reading as much as humanly
possible. Tracy has a Master’s in Environmental Studies from York
University in Toronto and is a Certified Cicerone (Beer
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- A cicerone is a fun way to dive deeper into
beer culture and great inspiration to visit breweries on your
- A family goal to visit all 49 Wisconsin State
Parks was a cost effective way to see the state, such as the Cape
Cod equivalent in Door County, and allowing their oldest the space
to thrive while exploring outdoors.
- Hiking, Swimming, and Camping in State Parks
have a very low barrier to entry. (Currently $28 for a resident
State Park Sticker). Park of the fun is discovering what is
unique about each state park.
- There were 5 state parks referenced in this
- Straight Lakes State Park
- Kohler Andre State Park
- Big Bay State Park
- Wyalusing State Park
- Devil’s Lake State Park
- Some tips for camping with kids started with
lower your expectations. It’s okay to leave early or go out
- Camp with a big group of friends or if you are
a parent of multiples do a 1:1 experience. Both options will
take the pressure off the parent.
- It takes 45 minutes of unstructured play for
kids to start being creative and using their imaginations. It
takes time for kids to acclimate to surroundings.
- Pack light and keep things easy.
Challenge yourself to leave “what if” items behind. It will
make you more resourceful in the moment.
- Dress for every occasion. They like to
camp in spring and fall which means less bugs, but much cooler
temps. This makes wool baselayers, rain coats and pants
essential on the packing list.
- Tailor your location based on your kids
interested. There is a state park with or near just about
anything you could want to do.
- State parks can be magical year
- State Park Passes are a great gift. For $28
(resident sticker) you can support your staff, family or friends
getting outside and exploring state parks.
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