“Our Natural Treasures” the European Day of Parks 2019

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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.

2019: Our Natural Treasures

Our Protected Areas are made of amazing landscapes, incredible species and unique habitats. What are the Natural Treasures your park is protecting? What is the story of that endangered species that live in your Park?

In 2019, the European Days of Parks is a call to reconnect with nature, to highlight the natural treasures that make your Park so special!

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 set up a guided tour through your Park, a special wildlife watching programme or a night tour to observe the amazing night creatures! Get your Junior Rangers and Youth on board and make them lead the activities in your Park: they can tell your visitors all about a special species, monument or habitat.

Involve your local schools in handcraft activities, such as creating nests or feeding stations, creating sculptures of your main species or maquettes of the existing habitats. Preferably, you would take them out, plant trees, teach them how to identify mammals footprints and drops, or how to identify birds by their singing. There is a whole set of activities you can organise in your Park to invite your Community!

Once you have defined your events, don’t forget to register them here.

Promotion Tools in your language!

Download the official poster and web banners to promote your event. This year, you can personalise your poster with the “Natural Treasures” of your Park! Posters available in landscape and portrait.

There are 3 printable posters available in your language! You can use the main one (on the left) or adapt one of the other versions.

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, word or even powerpoint. If you need the editable file (.ai or .eps) or a higher resolution please contact us to edop @ europarc.org.

Albanian  | Armenian | Azerbaijani | Bosnian  |  Catalan  |  Croatian  |  Czech  |  Dutch  |  English  |  Estonian  |  French  |  Finnish  |  Galego  |  Georgian  |  German  |   Greek  |  Hungarian  |  Icelandic  |  Italian  |  Latvian  |  Lithuanian  |   Macedonian  |  Polish  |  Portuguese  |  Romanian  |  Serbian  |  Slovakian  |   Slovenian  |  Spanish  |  Swedish  | Welsh

If you are not interested in using the official posters, you can also download the logo and use it in your activities.

Haven’t found tools in your language?

No problem! Just have to send us to edop @ europarc.org the translation of “Our Natural Treasures” and we will be delighted to produce tools in your language!

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.

Meet our new members from France, Italy and Luxembourg

Grand parc MJS Photo Hubert Canet Balloid

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Grand Parc Miribel Jonage – Segapal

Grand parc MJS
Photo Hubert Canet Balloid

Grand Parc Miribel Jonage is a public park that extends for 2200 hectares at the gates of the city of Lyon. Therefore, it is one of the biggest periurban parks in Europe, in plain of the Rhone river. The presence of water is the key for forming the park’s identity. besides ensuring nature protection, the park provides also many possibilities to visitors and large benefits to the local community, such as drinking water, flooding protection, local produce (agriculture), nature education and many more.

Grand parc MJS
Photo Hubert Canet Balloid

Grand Parc Miribel Jonage has three main sectors:

  • the downstream portion of the site, developed as a nautical and sports leisure area,

Grand parc MJS
Photo Mathilde André

  • the heart of the site, with exceptional riches linked to the presence of water,

Grand parc MJS
Photo Chloé Bernard

  • the upstream portion, consisting of protected nature areas and agricultural lands.

Grand parc MJS
Photo Maxime Dechelette

Grand parc MJS
Photo Mathilde André


Parco Groane

Photo Roberto Sanvito Thousands of people attend the PARCO GROANE every week to practice sports, walking, biking

Parco Groane is a regional protected area that extends for 3,800 hectares within the great metropolis north of Milan.

Photo Roberto Sanvito
VIA ACQUA The waterway (Via dAcqua) is a channel system that leads to the Expo 2015 site. In parallel runs a cycle route

Among houses, palaces and industries, the last forests of large oaks and towering pine trees survive, thanks to their protection. Vast moors are colored by the intense flowering at the end of summer. Old ruins of furnaces mark the landscape with their walls and bricks, and ancient patrician villas – with their gardens – remind us the landscape of the past.

Photo Roberto Sanvito

The Regional Park was established in 1976, by the strong will of the municipalities and the Lombardy Region, and since 1984 has a Territorial Plan that regulates the use of the areas, in harmony between nature conservation, agriculture, and tourism.

Photo Roberto Sanvito PARCO GROANE is covered by a system of cycle lanes of 50 Km

The Parco delle Groane is managed by a public law body, between the municipalities concerned, the Provinces of Milan and Monza and Brianza and the Municipality of Milan. The objectives of the Body concern in particular the purchase of land in the Park, the reforestation of bare areas, the improvement of forests, nature conservation and environmental education.

In this environment, which has escaped urbanization, the Groane Park Authority has created a network of cycle paths, which allow you to immerse yourself in the green, without leaving the city. The Parco delle Groane manages the cycle and connects with voluntary guides.


Ministry for Energy and Spatial Planning

Ministry for Energy and Spatial Planning

Working together is essential for rural areas. The Luxembourgish Ministry for Energy and Spatial Planning is aware of the importance of nature parks.

The Department of Spatial Planning ensures the coordination of municipal, intermunicipal, national, cross-border and international sectoral policies that have an impact on territorial development.

The spatial planning policy aims to ensure respect for the general interest by ensuring optimal living conditions for the entire population through the sustainable development of all parts of the national territory. In this context, it ensures rational use of the land and concentric and coherent urban development.

The different fields of activity of the Department of Spatial Planning are, therefore:

  • Territorial strategies,
  • Regulatory plans,
  • Urban and regional development,
  • Natural parks,
  • Cross-border spatial planning,
  • European territorial cooperation,
  • International spatial planning policy.

Would you like to know more about The EUROPARC Federation and our members, or even become one? Visit our page and get all the information you need!

Master in Protected Natural Spaces with scholarships for Latin America


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Fungobe and EUROPARC-Spain have prepared a great opportunity for gaining new knowledge! With the help from the BBVA Foundation’s they are offering 10 grants in the specific area of Ecology and Conservation Biology aimed at Latin American university graduates for the Master’s in Protected Natural Spaces in its 2020 edition. They want to help broaden people’s opportunities in different areas and through different lines of action.

The deadline for submitting applications: February 15th 2019, 2 p.m. (Spanish mainland time)

This master’s degree offers highly qualified university education, accessible from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds, which aims to cover both knowledge of natural systems and management techniques and modes of intervention in the socio-economic environment. The course is based on Spanish reality and is specifically open to European and Latin American perspectives.


The master’s degree is jointly organised by the Autonomous University of Madrid, the Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Alcalá.


Frequently Asked Questions

Instructions, information and documentation

For more information and queries: becas-fbbva@fbbva.es

Meet our new members from Spain, Denmark and Albania

Collserola nature park Landscape Autor Robert Peña

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Collserola nature park

Collserola nature park
Autor Robert Peña

The magnificent Serra de Collserola massif rises up over Barcelona Metropolitan Area, almost touching the city. It is a much-loved and immensely valuable periurban natural area and a great privilege for the huge population that lives around these mountains.

Collserola nature park
Collserola Tower
Autor Francesc Muntada

Collserola is a well-preserved, 8,000-hectare natural area in which forest predominates but which also includes a variety of other plant formations that provide a habitat for valuable biological diversity. 

Collserola is also a place for discovery and learning, a place for meeting and for leisure. All this means that the final goal of the Park Consortium’s management policy is to promote environmentally friendly and sustainable use of the reserve whilst also conserving the natural heritage it contains.

The landscape we see in Collserola today is the result of gradual changes to its original make up, which was formed entirely by environmental conditions, though it has been intensively transformed over the centuries.

Serra has been used for agriculture, with the construction of terraces and the planting of vines, and for forestry, with management of the woods.

Collserola nature park
Font de Sant Pau

Todayagriculture has almost completely disappeared from the area, and forestry management activities have also greatly decreased. 

Collserola nature park
Pont de can Modolell,
PM Collserola, Catalunya

The great natural space formed by the Serra de Collserola has been very important in shaping the metropolitan landscape for three important reasons: 

  • its size, as Collserola represents more than half of the open space in the metropolitan area.

    Collserola nature park
    Vall de les feixes
    Autor Robert Peña

  • its central situation surrounded by townshipscities and communication networks.

    Collserola nature park
    Ermita La Salut del Papiol
    Autor Robert Peña

  • the high degree of “naturalness” that it conserves, despite the pressures from the great city. 

Collserola nature park
Pantà de Vallvidrera
Autor Robert Peña

Collserola plays an important role not only in terms of ecology, but also the landscape, as its relief turns the Serra into a superb viewpoint over the surrounding cities and towns, and makes nature a presence in the urban scenery.


Council of Frederikshavn

Council of Frederikshavn Photo Henning-Larsen

The municipality is located in the northern part of Denmark. It is the 7th biggest administrator of nature areas in Denmark (out of 98 municipalities). This part of the country is characterized by nature, agriculture, sports, tourism and 86 kilometres of the coastline. There you can find big areas of dunes, hillsides, forests and rivers. There are also 356 protected ancient monuments.

Council of Frederikshavn Photo Henrik Christensen

The area around Skagen is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Europe. Therefore, the municipality is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Denmark, which means that they are working a lot on combining protection and use of nature.

Council of Frederikshavn Photo Merete Møller


Albanian Alps Alliance

Albanian Alps Alliance Jezerca Peak
Photo: Eng. Petrit Imeraj

Network “Albanian Alps Alliance” represents a union of non-governmental organizations operating in Shkodra, active in the field of environmental protection and biodiversity, tourism development and community mobilization.

Albanian Alps Alliance Tower Curraj
Photo: Eng. Petrit Imeraj

The vision of the network is:

Alps – invaluable asset of natural and ethnocultural values that must be protected and inherited through generations.

Albanian Alps Alliance Gentiana
Photo: Eng. Petrit Imeraj

The mission of the Network is to contribute to sustainable environmental and socio- development economic of the Alps through public awareness, involvement of local communities in decision-making and promoting the natural, environmental and traditional values.

Albanian Alps Alliance Thethi Waterfall
Photo: Eng. Petrit Imeraj

Would you like to know more about The EUROPARC Federation and our members, or even become one? Visit our page and get all the information you need.