This summer, various environmental and nature-themed activities are taking place in Geneva. This page offers a list of suggestions on exhibitions, workshops, shows, contests, outdoor activities, online resources and tips to stay refreshed and healthy for a green summer in Geneva.
Exhibitions & Visits
Until 30 June | Musée d’éthnographie | In collaboration with the Perception Change Project of the UN Geneva
From 21 June – 31 August 2023 | Musée d’éthnographie in partnership with the Department of Social Cohesion and Solidarity | Various events organized around music and entertainment
From 28 June to 6 September 2023 | Théâtre de l’Orangerie | Parc La Grange | Exhibition on ecological notions
From 28 June to 6 September 2023 | Théâtre de l’Orangerie | Parc La Grange
3 and 31 July, 28 August 2023 | 21:00 and 23:30 CEST | Night Visits of St. Peter Cathedral
From 4 August to 29 September | Musée d’ethnographie de Genève (MEG)
From 30 August to 27 October 2023 | Exhibition Room of University of Geneva
From 01 September to 01 October 2023 | Mainly Around La Rade De Genève
Until 31 December 2023 | Exhibition | Muséum d’histoire naturelle
Green Areas and Activites to Refresh from the Heat
From 21 June – 10 September 2023 | Every day except Monday, from 10 am to 17:30 | Garden of the Musée d’éthnographie
Seven micro-oasis where to repair from the sun and refresh during the summer are located in:
Pâquis (Rue de Berne 49 | Intersection rue de Zürich)
Pâquis (Rue du Môle 17 |
Intersection rue de Berne)
Pâquis (Place Chateaubriand 2)
Grottes (Place Saint-Gervais)
Rive (Rue de la Terrassière 7 | Devant l’EMS)
Aïre (Ecole d’Aïre | Chemin du Grand-Champ 11)
Vernier (Bibliothèque de Châtelaine | Avenue de Châtelaine 81)
Children’s pool can be found in:
- Bois de la Bâtie
- Parc de Bourgogne
- Couverture des voies CFF – St-Jean
Festivals and Markets
Conferences and Courses
22 June 2023 | 18:00 CEST | Conservatory and Botanical Garden
20 July 2023 | 18:00 CEST | Conservatory and Botanical Garden
Acquatic Sciences Seminar 2023 | The Key Physical Process Driving Spring Phytoplankton Blooms in the Yellow Sea
3 August 2023 | University of Geneva Faculty of Science
17 August 2023 | 18:00 CEST | Conservatory and Botanical Garden
June and July | 14:00 18:00 | Parcs in the City of Geneva, Minoteries and Carré Vert (Jonction)
From 19 to 30 June and from
5, 12, 19 July and 23 August 2023 | Esplanade de l’Espace de quartier de Sécheron
9, 16 July and 17 August 2023 | Walk from the Marronnier de la Treille to the MEG led by Olivier Chatelain, dendrologist (tree specialist) and a cultural mediator of the Musée d’éthnographie
13 July – 24 August 2023 | Walks around Geneva neighborhoods to understand the levers of climate change.
6 July 2023 | 18:00 – 19:30 | Jardin des Nations
11 July 2023 | 18:30 – 20:00 | Genève Cultive | Gare des Eaux-Vives
24 – 28 July 2023 | Summer Camp for children | La Ferme de Mamajah (Bernex)
26 August 2023 | Walk in the Jura between La Givrine – La Génolière – Cabane de Rochefort – Fruitières de Nyon – La Borsatte and St. Cergue (8 km, estimated time about 3 hours).
27 August 2023| Rendez-vous à la Place Louis-Favre, 1225 Chêne-Bourg (Av. François-Adolphe-Grison 6, 1225 Chêne-Bourg).
Dans Ma Nature
The platform dansmaNature.ch aims to increase public awareness of biodiversity. A collaborative work by the Canton of Geneva and local associations and institutions, the platform brings together all the activities organized in Geneva, including excursions and nature-friendly outings.
WWF Geneva works to implement projects in support of biodiversity, which includes various outings and activities for young people on environmental issues.
Pro Natura Genève
Pro Natura is the oldest organization for the protection of nature in Switzerland. Since 1928 in Geneva, it offers various types of activities for both adults and children to cultivate their relationship with nature and to teach how to preserve it.
Parks in Geneva
There are more than 40,000 trees in Geneva. The educational app of Parcs Genève invites the public to discover around 300 trees on self-guided walks. These trees have particular characteristics that make them essential to the city’s tree heritage.
Walks and Bike Rides in Geneva
Discover Geneva on foot or by bike thanks to a series of themed circuits.
This walking route is composed of 12 terminals, divided between the City, the Parc des Evaux and the southern hillside of the municipality of Onex. With a length of 6km, it allows you to discover different aspects of biodiversity in the city and its green spaces.
Genève-Plage to Bout-du-Monde
This walking circuit allows the public to discover a cityscape scattered with cedar trees. There are 3,800 of these trees in Geneva, representing a precious botanical heritage that the city makes an effort to protect.
An urban forest unique in Geneva, the Bois-de-la-Bâtie is home to a wildlife park offering the public the chance to see native wildlife species. The park contributes to the conservation of heritage species and also uses a forest management approach promoting the natural regeneration of the oak trees.
Marais de Sionnet Nature Reserve
An ideal location for birdwatching in the canton of Geneva.
Moulin de Vert Nature Reserve
Located in Cartigny, this nature reserve is rich in biodiversity.
Teppes of Verbois
This area is ideally located along the Rhône, a real vegetal artery and a vital lead for the migratory water birds. This complex of exceptional natural circles on the scale of Geneva and Switzerland is recognized to have national and international importance.
Geneva to La Plaine
Hike from Geneva to La Plaine and see the natural beauty of the Rhône and the Moulin-de-Vert Nature Reserve, as well as the charming villages of Cartigny and Avully.
Jussy to Anières
This walking route takes you through one of the most beautiful regions in the Canton of Geneva. Along the way, discover vineyards, mountain views, the lake and, of course, biodiversity with a variety of bird species.
An educational nature trail lined with organic wooden totem poles: the Lancy Discovery Trail offers an unexpected idea for a walk on the outskirts of town, combining originality and a bucolic change of scenery.
Sports & fun on the lake
Lake Geneva offers plenty of opportunities to water sports lovers From renting a paddle board at the Tropical Corner or at Plage du Reposoir to windsurfer or a wakeboarder lessons at the Tropical Corner or rent your own board. For wakeboarding, head to Quai Gustave-Ador just after the Jet d’Eau at Wake Up for a sports outing. For pedal boat enthusiasts and sunbathers, Les Corsaires offers a range of small pedal boats for hire, including one with a slide to jump into the water and cool off.
Cinema, Theater and Music
11 and 18 June, 9 and 23 July, 6 and 27 August 2023 | Conservatory and Botanical Garden of Geneva
16 June 2023 | 19:00 – 22:30 | CUAE – Conférence universitaire des associations d’étudiant |Cinéma Spoutnik (Théâtre de l’Usine: 4, pl. des Volontaires)
17 June 2023 | 20:30 – 22:15 | Salle communale de Versoix
Route de Saint-Loup 12
21 June 2023 | 14:30 – 20:00 CEST | Place des Nations | Maloca Internationale & Mos-Espa Association
28 June – 2 July 2023 | Association pour l’encouragement de la musique improvisée | Parc des Cropettes
28 June – 22 August 2023 | Cinema Grütli
From 2 July to 25 August 2023 | Scène Ella Fitzgerald at Parc La Grange
Workshops and DIY
4 to 15 July 2023 | Word games in French, walks, . workshops, urban vegetable gardens and more.
5, 12, 19,26 July and 2,9,16,23 and 30 August 2023 | Théâtre de l’Orangerie | Parc La Grange
11 – 13, 14-16, 18 -20, 21- 23 July 2023 | Workshop for children | La Ferme de Mamajah (Bernex)
From 18 to 29July 2023 | Workshops on languages, literature, art and expolaration of the parc and Plainpalais neighborhood through walks.
27 August 2023 | 10:00-15:00 CEST|Potager des Nations | Genève Cultive
21 July (Thonon-les-Bains | Square Allée des Terreaux)
and 23 July (Plan-les-Ouates | Parc à côté de la Mairie) | Musical and poetical storytelling
From 19 June to 10 July 2023, take part to the “Heatwave Tip” competition and try to win tickets for swimming pools in Geneva.
Nature Documentaries and Series
United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration | United Nations Environment Programme and Food and Agricultural Organization
UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030) | FAO & UNEP Europe Office
Canton of Geneva
Discover the protected, natural and observation areas of the canton with an interactive map, suggesting various hiking, walking and cycling routes adapted to every age.
Patrimoine Vert Genève
Learn more about the different species of flora and fauna in Geneva.
Science Academy of Sciences
Mobile app to learn about science, biodiversity and nature activities in Switzerland.