Every year in Geneva, the administrative secretary of the State Council and Parliament announces the arrival of spring, with the hatching of the first leaf of the chestnut tree of the Promenade de la Treille, a tradition that started in 1818. This year, the first leaf appeared on 9 March.
As days are getting longer, it is not only flowers that start to bud in the parks of Geneva, but also a wide range of green activities that are flourishing in this international city. From exhibitions and film screenings to creative workshops and outdoor activities, we invite you to learn more about the environment, reencounter local wildlife, explore nature trails and spend a “green spring” in Geneva. Discover our suggested activities in our dedicated webpage, which we will regularly update as the season goes.
19 March and 20 April 2023 | Musée d’ethnographie
25 April 2023 | Fondation Baur, Musée des arts d’Extrême-Orient
Until 16 May 2023 | United Nations Women’s Guild | Palais des Nations
Until 23 June 2023 | Exhibition | | Muséum d’histoire naturelle
Until 30 June | Musée d’éthnographie | In collaboration with
the Perception Change Project
of the UN Geneva
Until 31 December 2023 | Exhibition | Muséum d’histoire naturelle
Festivals and Markets
Every Friday | Uni Mail | EDD – Étudiant-es pour le développement durable
Conferences and Courses
17 March 2023 | Meeting with Eric Petiot | Bibliothèque des Minoterie
22 March 2023 | Centre médical universitaire
Démarche "Quartiers en transition" : charte, modalités d'application et illustration par des cas pratiques | Les Jeudis de l'environnement
23 March 2023 | Conference in French
2 April 2023 | Musée d’ethnographie
17 – 21 April 2023 | Uni Mail | Terre des hommes Suisse
24 April – 31 May 2023 | Association pour la sauvergarde du Léman
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.
Parks in Geneva
Played in a park, this year-round game involves discovering a tree while wearing a blindfold and learning how to tell one tree from another. This activity is part of the “Vivre nos arbes” project promoting the heritage of Geneva’s trees.
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.
Cinema, Theater and Music
29 April (Arfluvial SA – Bâtiment des forces motrices ) and 11 May 2023 (Pathé Balexert) | By reservation
Workshops and DIY
28 March 2023 | Ville de Carouge
2 April 2023 | Musée d’éthnographie
Competitions and Contests
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.