European Day of Parks (EDoP)

The Climate is changing, bringing changes that affect the life of every being on earth. Nature was never so threatened – nor so needed – as before.

The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we crop, they all depend on the quality of our ecosystems. From the mountain tops to the deep seas, there is a huge variety of habitats protected by National, Nature, Regional, N2000, Marine or Periurban Parks. In Europe, nature has a level of protection thanks to the work of our Parks: they preserve our natural resources and are authentic hubs of biodiversity.
They are our life support system.

Join the celebration!

In the European Day of Parks, Protected Areas from across Europe are organising events for you to discover your neighbouring Park. Choose on the map the event closer to you!


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On the European Day of Parks’ 17 , let us come together to show:

  • how healthy parks are fundamental for the livelihoods of millions of European citizens
  • how Parks are changing too, finding ways to face the effects of climate change and to minimise its impacts;
  • how we plant, care, restore and promote genetic diversity;
  • how we are finding new ways to reduce our footprint;
  • how we are promoting sustainability in our local communities.

Invite your neighbours to better understand the effects of climate change and how this also affects the Park. Inspire them with your example and make a real call to action!

Organise an event

Every year, hundreds of Protected Areas organise events with and for their local communities. This year we suggest you 3 main topics to guide your activities.

Download here the Guidelines for Parks with loads of different suggestions and ideas for your activities!

Promotion tools

After organising your events, use the communication tools we have created for you: there are tools available in over 20 European languages!

So you can spare time in developing your own templates, and thus, focus on the essential: engaging your local partners, reaching the local community and creating buzz among the media.

After that, do not forget to register your event!

Use the online form to let us now what you are organising, we will then create a map with all activities in Europe.

About the European Day of Parks

Imagine a day when all Parks and Protected Areas come together across Europe, celebrate their successes and declare the value and benefits of Europe’s Protected Areas to communities, decision makers and the wider public. Well it is EUROPARC’s European Day of Parks!

Every year European Day of Parks takes place on and around 24th of May. It aims to bring people closer to nature and raise public awareness on the importance of the natural beauty preserved in Protected Areas and the importance of conservation and sustainable management of those places.

The European Day of Parks is a commemorative day for Protected Areas across Europe that was launched in 1999 by the EUROPARC Federation to celebrate Protected Areas throughout Europe. It celebrates the creation of the 1st National Parks in Europe – a set of nine parks created in Sweden in 1909.

Check here to see the previous editions.