Mobilizing Europe to protect Nature

The European Day of Parks, a unique campaign day celebrated on May 24, will mobilize Europe´s citizens to express their passion for nature. Protected areas across the continent will join this year´s event day with the theme ”My Park. My Passion. My Story.”

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness” commented the renowned nature writer John Muir. On May 24th people in protected areas from all over Europe will remember again the joy being in nature brings.

“This would be a fantastic achievement for all who are investing their energy, time and who just enjoy being in nature to come together with one passionate voice” says Director Carol Ritchie. Since its launch in 1999, the European Day of Parks has grown to a European wide campaign day with hundreds of events and activities. The European Day of Parks gains its strength from widespread participation of protected areas, agencies and organizations working in conservation. The EUROPARC sections are joining the event reaching out to other events and groups: The EUROPARC section in Italy, Federparchi, is liaising with the national youth sports association to mobilize young people, while in Spain RedEUROPARC takes the European Day of Parks to the Primavera festival in Madrid. Other special events are organized in Belgium by Parc Naturel des Vallées de la Burdinale, in Croatia by the Plitvice Lakes National Park, in Italy by Liguria Region and Regional Nature Park Portofino.

“My park. My passion. My Story” is accessible to all people, persons of any age, nationality, gender, profession, dedication. “Everybody is invited to join the campaign and help to foster the recognition and respect for Europe´s green treasures,” declares Thomas Hansson, President of EUROPARC. European Day of Parks has the power to prove once again the value of protected areas for citizens as unique places of recreation and joy with a rich biodiversity of fauna, flora, and ecosystems. It plays a pivotal role in reminding people of the pleasure and benefits of just being outdoors. People who are interested and enjoy nature have great chance to show their support but joining in activities in a protected area in their own area.

Further information and an updated list of events are available here: www.europarc.org/whats-on/european-day-of-park