May 24, 2016 10:23 AM EDT

Tuesday is the European Day of Parks, created to celebrate the region’s protected natural areas. This year’s theme is “A Taste of Nature.” Twenty-three countries are participating, hosting over 300 events, from cooking classes to hiking excursions.

EUROPARC, which has organized the day since 1999, works to “improve the management of Protected Areas in Europe through international cooperation, exchange of ideas and experience, and by influencing policy.”

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