European Day of Parks – the journey continues

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As the European Day of Parks gets closer, the list of events celebrating #OurNaturalTreasures grows more and more! This time we are taking you to Lithuania, France, Hungary, Italy, Poland, and Spain. We hope that amongst these wonderful events you will find at least one to attend or get inspired by. Celebrate with us!

Organise your event!

In case you haven’t yet organised and registered your event – it is still not too late! We invite all protected areas to organise events in and around the 24th of May!

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.

Download the official poster and web banners to promote your event in your languages.

Show that you are a part of the celebration on your social media!

Now you can show you are part of the #EuropeanDayofParks on your Facebook profile as well.

Apply our frame and include the official European Day of Parks logo on your profile picture!

Lithuania – 24 May 2019 – Colorful butterflies

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Curonian Spit National Park administration is organizing the educational activity for children – Colorful Butterflies. There you will find out the life cycle of butterflies, and all the types of butterflies that can be found in the park. During the workshop, children will be able to make their own butterfly wings.

More information about the event can be found here!

France – 24th & 25th of May 2019 – Ecrins de nature

Parc national des Ecrins has prepared two days to discover the biodiversity: a special day will be organised for schools and then another one for the general public, in connection with associations and the partners of the National park.

From Friday, May 24th, you will have the chance to look at the stars, insects, and moths, listen to bats and all night sounds.

On Saturday, May 25th, naturalist associations, the partners of the event and the team of the National Park will encourage you to explore the local natural resources and they will also share their discoveries with you. Hikes in mountain and nature, land-art, and exhibitions are just some of the activities and events planned.

More information about the event can be found here!

Hungary – 25 May 2019 – Bicycle tour on Bükk-Plateau

The Bükk National Park Directorate invites cyclist to take part in the guided tour to the Bükk Plateau the central part of the Bükk National Park to visit the valuable natural sites which were the main arguments for the declaration of the national park in 1977.
The tour goes through various landscapes (the open karst meadows, mountain beechwoods, the rocky forests of the southern edge of the plateau) where professionals of the National Park will talk about nature and wildlife management.
Participants can taste national parks’ products at the refreshing break stops!

More information about the event can be found here!

Italy – 25 May 2019 – The Natural Treasures of a Care Farm

La Fattoria Verde ONLUS prepared a day filled with various workshops for both adults and children, and of course all accessible also for disabled people. The workshops will be about nature, farm animals and (biodynamic) horticulture, but also about the wildlife on the farm. There is a sensorial garden. There will be the possibility to meet the farm animals in liberty and to really get in touch with them, on their terms. For a small contribution there will be available a simple lunch (only on reservation).

More information about the event can be found here!

Poland – 25 May 2019 – A rally “On the wildlife trails of forests and lakes”

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Landscape Parks of Iława Lakeland and Dylewo Hills has prepared an interesting rally with control points, where each team will have to solve a few puzzles about nature in the Park. This event is for families and schools.

More information about the event can be found here!

Spain – 25 May 2019 – Discovering de forest of Sant Joan de l’Erm in Alt Pirineu Natural Park

Discover and enjoy the forest of Sant Joan de l’Erm in the Alt Pirineu Natural Park, the largest one in Catalonia. Walk along the wooden walkway, which leads to the viewpoint while learning different aspects of this protected area through the elements you find on the way. You will enjoy this natural environment through all your senses. Activity is suitable for people with limited mobility.

More information about the event can be found here!

Check out other events organised in and around the European Day of Parks on the map!

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.

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