European Day of Parks
The European Day of Parks (EDoP) 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.
EDoP 2022: WE ARE NATURE – RETHINK, RESTORE, RECONNECT
What would we be without nature? It is part of our very being. We depend on it for our mental and physical health, our food production, the air we breathe… Yet our relationship with nature is out of balance. As a result, we are losing not just natural areas, but also a sense of belonging.
That is why it’s time we rethink, restore and reconnect with nature! This is exactly what we ask you to do this European Day of Parks.
Protected Areas are ideal places for restoring nature AND our connection to it. In an ever urbanised Europe, it is in these places that we can truly ground ourselves and feel that we are part of nature too! As such, we must protect it – now and in the future.
Our Protected Areas are hard at work every day to provide us with beautiful places to reconnect with nature. They are on the ground, restoring nature and conserving these beautiful areas. As such, they provide benefits to the whole of society, so let’s celebrate them!
What can you do?!
EUROPARC asks all its members and the wider network to organize events and activities on and around the 24th of May. You are the key to the success of this year’s European Day of Parks!
After two year of a mostly digital European Day of Park, we hope that this year we can get people out into our Protected Areas again, to help reconnect our society to nature. Here are some activity ideas to help you get started:
- Partner up with local schools, in a playful manner help children discover how each of us is connected and dependent on nature. Tip! Reach out to more urban areas where contact with nature is less frequent.
- Nature is everywhere, we just need to notice it! Organize a tour in your Park and give people handouts with common animals and plants that they can also find in their backyard. Once at home, they can continue the nature discovery.
- What we eat affects our environment. Is your Park working with sustainable farmers? Set up an event with them, where visitors can see the process of food production up close!
- Our Protected Areas are actively working on restoring nature, why not create an exhibition with before and after examples of restored natural areas?
- Or maybe take part in the “Take Care of Your Trails” campaign from IMBA Europe?
If you need some more inspiration, have a look at our guidelines for Parks here:
You can let your imagination run wild, this day is all about celebrating our Protected Areas. So set up your events and lets reconnect to, rethink and restore nature together!
Promotion Tools in your language!
Download the official poster and web banners to promote your event. This year, it’s also available a poster to personalize with your activities. All in your language!
An automatic download will start when you click over your language. NOTE: All images are in .png format, so you can easily edit them in paint or word.
If you need a different size or format, don’t hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download the European Day of Parks logo
If you are not interested in using the official posters, you can also download the logo and use it in your activities. Download contains .PNG and .eps.
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.
Check here to see the previous editions.