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.


What would humans 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. It’s time we rethink, restore and reconnect with nature! This is what we want to celebrate during the European Day of Parks 2022.

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 – let’s celebrate them!

We already invite our members and the wider Protected Area community to think of events to help us celebrate this day. Special communication materials will be made available at the beginning of 2022, so watch this space…

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.