European Day of Parks

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.

We want to thank everyone that made this European Day of Parks a success!

For the 2021 edition of the European Day of Parks, we wanted to highlight their innovative ways in which Parks and Protected Areas have responded to the Covid-19 crisis and what they are doing to get ready for the future. This includes new visitor management, sustainable tourism offers and maybe most importantly involving young people – The Next Generation of nature professionals.

Many Protected Areas across Europe organised events in and around the 24th of May. The European day of Parks (EDoP) aims at bringing people closer to Nature by offering a diversity of activities and events in Protected Areas across the EUROPARC Network. The events addressed people of all ages: children, youngsters, young adults, families and seniors. However, as there were still quite a few restrictions in place across Europe, the event was still partly celebrated online. For that special occasion, we asked our members to send us One-Minute Video Messages, to which many happily responded!

Watch all the videos here!

There was quite a buzz on social media and we were happy so many participated in the European Day of Parks in one way or another. To get an overview of all that was happening in the media, have a look at our Media and Outreach report:

Find the report here

Promotional materials

The official banner was translated into 28 languages!

Albanian | Basque | Castellano | Catalan | Croatian | Czech | DanishDutch | English | Finnish | French | German | Greek | Hungarian | Italian | Latvian | Lithuanian | Macedonian | Norwegian| Polish | Portuguese | Romanian | Russian | Serbian Slovakian | Slovenian | SpanishWelsh

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.