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 2023: Building on our roots

We are happy to announce the theme for next year’s European Day of Parks: Building on our roots! We invite Parks and Protected Areas to explore the idea of the heritage you have. This can both be the natural heritage you protect, but also the heritage of your organisation. Together, let’s raise awareness about the responsibility we have to keep this natural and cultural heritage for future generations, and discover how we can build upon it!

Visuals will be distributed early next year and of course Parks will also be able to register their events on and around the 24th of May on our website.

The European Day of Parks 2023 will also give us the chance to celebrate the 50-Year anniversary of EUROPARC. We look forward to commemorating this milestone with our members!

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.

LIFE program

The European Day of Parks is made possible through funding of the LIFE Programme. Views and opinions do not necessarily reflect that of the European Commission or of CINEA.