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.

2020: Nature, good for your health!

Positive contact with nature is important for human health. It can create well-being, prevent public health problems and promote an active lifestyle.

Parks & protected areas have an important mission connecting people with nature! Parks not only  protect our valuable natural resources – they deliver positive health outcomes. Contact with nature is essential for human health, and in a ever-more urbanised Europe, we must create more opportunities for citizens to connect and explore the outdoors… Positive contact with nature is proved to create well-being, prevent public health problems and promote active lifestyles!

In 2020, the European Days of Parks will highlight the connection of nature and human health… Healthy People need Healthy Parks!

Healthy Parks, Healthy People by the Hiking Artist – Frits Ahlefeldt https://fritsahlefeldt.com/

Organise your events!

We invite all protected areas to organise 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 address people of all ages: children, youngsters, young adults, families and seniors – everyone can participate in local events organised by Parks and regional authorities!

You might organise activities such as

  • nature walks & guided tours
  • sports activities (yoga or dance classes, trail run or races, outdoor gyms, forest bathing, etc)
  • education activities for children (involving the local schools!)
  • conferences & “open days” in your visitor center
  • cross meetings and exhibitions (music, arts, etc…)…

But remember: this year health must be at the heart of your events!

We invite you to increase awareness, encouraging physical activities in natural environments. Building partnerships might be an excellent way to deliver your activities! Here’s what you can do:

1) Define what activities you would like to organise

2) Find local partners (health sector, sports centers, local schools,…)

3) Develop capacity (train your partners – share the importance of protecting the natural heritage of your Park; and get trained – on the health benefits of outdoor activities)

4) Engage participants! Promote your events as much as possible! And do not forget to register your event!

Promotion Tools in your language!

Download the official poster (A3) and web banner to promote your event, or simply download the amazing illustration that Frits Ahlefeldt drew for us!

An automatic download will start when you click over your language. NOTE: All images are in .jpeg format. If you need the editable file (.ai or .eps) or a higher resolution please contact us to communications @ europarc.org.

Haven’t found tools in your language? No problem! Just have to send us to communications @ europarc.org the translation of “Nature, Good for your health” and we will be delighted to produce tools in your language!

Download the poster and banner

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Download the illustration

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Healthy Parks, Healthy People by the Hiking Artist – Frits Ahlefeldt https://fritsahlefeldt.com/

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.

PNG logo    |    .eps logo

Nature and Health: the role of Protected Areas

Europe’s nature is a health-promoting asset. There is increasing evidence that access to the natural environment can help guard against, treat and manage key health issues. Europe’s national parks and other protected areas are well placed to support health outcomes for people who live in or near them or who visit them.

We believe that the contribution of Europe’s national parks and other protected areas to health outcomes can be strengthened through recognition in relevant policy, practice and funding at the European, national and regional level. That is way, EUROPARC is supporting Protected Areas in developing health opportunities and partnerships with the health sector.

Where to start? Take a look to the Toolkit “Health and Well-being benefits from Parks & Protected Areas” or watch some of the webinars where we’ve shared inspiring examples from all over the globe!

Did you know…?

  • A brisk 30-minute walk on five days of the week can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by 20-30% and Depression/dementia by 30%
  • Outdoor activity and contact with nature can help sleep patterns, reduce stress, improve mood and self-esteem, and provide meaningful social
    contact
  • Experience of the natural environment by young people can be life-changing in terms of confidence and skills that can enhance job opportunities
  • Contact with nature can help reduce health inequalities at all stages of life: pre-birth, childhood, adult life and old age

Download EUROPARC Toolkit_Health and Protected Areas

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.