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European Day of Parks

Parks for Nature. Parks for well-being. Parks for peace.

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.

The European Day of Parks takes place on and around 24th of May each year. It aims at bringing people closer to nature and raising public awareness on the importance of the natural beauty preserved in protected areas and the importance of conservation and sustainable management of those places.





In 2014, the world marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Therefore this year, the European Day of Parks (EDoP) will be held under the theme: 

“Parks for Nature. Parks for well-being. Parks for peace.” 

Why should we remember? Why should we stop for a second and think about those events that happened so long ago?  By the end of the First World War, there were very few people in the countries that took part, who remained unaffected. The war reached out and touched almost everyone’s life in some way or other.

By connecting EUROPARC’s most important date to this important anniversary, we want to emphasize how our protected areas can have very different roles in people’s lives. We want to tackle the big question: What is the contribution that protected areas make to Peace and Wellbeing? This initiative aims to raise the awareness of the wide public on the relevance and value of protected areas – including N2000 sites - for the conservation of nature and the peace among people and communities


What can you do for the European Day of Parks?


Organise an event!

Why not use the day to reflect on our history, take a short walk with your youngsters and talk about this important fact. Mark the day with an activity or event, register here and tell us what you are doing.

If you would like to organise an activity  please do get in contact with us, register and send us your ideas in order to include you on our online calendar for the EDOP 2014 and further promote. We will publish your activities in our online calendar. If you mark so in your registration, EUROPARC will also provide you with the template promotional material to adapt it to your own activities.


Join the online contest!

We also invite all the people who work in protected areas as well as those who visit them to reflect on our history that day in the beauty of nature and share their feelings and emotions in any piece of art that expresses how they reflect on the history happenings and feel connected to their most favourite Protected Area.

The European Day of Parks 2014 is for people of all ages: children, youngsters, young adults, adults and seniors. Anyone can contribute her/his own idea and passion experienced in nature. Create a piece of artwork in any shape you like, but send it to us digitalized (in a photo format), and enter the competition!

The 2014 day will run as an online contest on Facebook  for the most inspiring material of the day.

Acceptable materials:


  • Recorded material: videos
  • Photos
  • Paintings
  • Collage posters
  • Any other


All of the material must be digitalized (sent as .jpeg or web link) and submit through e-mail to: When submitting, please include the author, short description, protected area,  place and date where the artwork was produced.

The material can and must be received from now until June 2nd , when an online album with the material will be created and published on EUROPARC’s official Facebook Page. This album will then be open for voting. The artwork that in total receives the most “likes” and “shares” will be awarded at the EUROPARC Annual Conference. Voting will be open until July 31st.  

So go get creative and spread the word!

All protected areas, Natura 2000 sites, EUROPARC members and partners are invited to join both the European Day of Parks activities and contest - and make this day an unforgettable event!

For any other queries and information please contact our Communication's Officer Dea Mijakovac at: 

The EUROPARC Federation website is supported by: European UnionAlfred Toepfer Stiftung

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