European Parks Day. May 24

On the occasion of the European Day of Parks, twelve natural spaces managed by the Generalitat are organizing around fifty activities these days for schoolchildren and visitors.

Under the slogan Cultural heritage: also in nature!” , in this year’s edition, special emphasis is placed on public libraries and park documentation centers, to bring culture closer to these unique places as well

The Federation of Natural and National Parks of Europe ( EUROPARC ), which brings together almost 400 members from 36 European states, commemorates every 2 4 May since 1909 this Day, coinciding with the first declaration of the first European national parks, in Sweden.

In addition, the exhibitions, itineraries and scheduled activities will serve to bring the citizens closer to the particularities of each of the privileged natural spaces that make up the Catalan territory. The actions are also part of the events scheduled within Nature Week , a campaign that aims to promote awareness of the need to conserve the environment.

European Parks Day 2018 is therefore a new opportunity to convey to society:

  • How protected natural spaces are healthy spaces for thousands of citizens of our country.
  • How parks contribute to facing the effects of climate change and minimizing its impacts.
  • How parks are settings for planting, caring for, restoring and promoting genetic diversity.
  • How parks can help new ways to reduce the ecological footprint.
  • How parks promote the sustainability of surrounding towns and cities.

The 12 natural spaces (natural parks of Catalonia) managed by the Generalitat that organize activities are:

Natural Park of the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone :

The 24th of May is the date chosen to inaugurate a new therapeutic itinerary, in honor of Salvador Grau i Tort, a reference in the conservation of nature in Catalonia, who was part of the Department.

On the other hand, until June 14 you can visit the “Water, nature and landscape” exhibition, organized by the Landscape Observatory in collaboration with the park’s documentation center.

In addition, with the support of the Josep M. de Garganta Library and the Maria de Jonquers Municipal Library, a talk on the recovery of the native crayfish will take place on May 25.

Finally, in the framework of MAAR2018 congress ( international volcanology congress), which is held in Olot from May 21 to 25, the park organizes two activities with the volcanoes in the background: a talk at the Olot Excursionist Center, about scientific rigor in disaster cinema, by David Brusi, teacher, and the screening of the film “A Town Called Dante’s Peak” (1997), on May 31.

Ebro Delta Natural Park

Aigüestortes National Park and Estany de Sant Maurici

Albera Natural Park :

Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park

Montgrí Natural Park, the Medes Islands and the Baix Ter

Ports Natural Park

Poblet Nature Reserve

Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park

Ebro Delta Natural Park

Serra de Montsant Natural Park

Natural Park of the High Pyrenees


For more information: Natural Parks Network