ClimateWatch

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Organ Pipes National Park

Known best for its unique geological rock formations, Organ Pipes National Park is home to a wide variety of plants and animals across three distinct communities, found along the river, on the slopes and on the top of the escarpment. Over 150 years of grazing and farming had left the land barren and eroded before the park was protected in 1972. Since then revegetation efforts have enabled the return of many native species.

Starting at the Visitor Centre, a short but steep walking track leads down the escarpment towards Jackson’s Creek. Follow this path and turn left at the first fork and then left again, following the creek line until you reach the Tessellated Pavement. The ClimateWatch trail ends here, and walkers may choose to return via the same route or take the longer loop to have a look at the beautiful geological formations of the Organ Pipes. Don't forget to keep your eye out for more ClimateWatch species along the way.

The 800m trail takes approximately 20 minutes, though you might well spend longer if you get caught up in ClimateWatching!

Why get involved?

  • Learn how climate change is affecting our wildlife.
  • Become an observer and help monitor the biodiversity of the Organ Pipes.
  • Use the ClimateWatch app, field guide and recording sheet for the Organ Pipes Track to observe species that are indicators of climate change and record your observations.
  • Make a real difference in your local community.

How to get involved?

  • Download the Organ Pipes National Park ClimateWatch field guides, maps and recording sheets to mark your observations. Remember to enter all your observations into the ClimateWatch website when you get back to a computer.
  • Alternatively, you can record your sightings using the ClimateWatch smartphone app.
  • The trail can be explored for short or long walks, it's up to you. Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen, and have some water with you.

This is a public ClimateWatch trail that you can do whenever you like. If your school is interested in visiting the site through Parks Victoria, please contact the trail coordinator at education@parks.vic.gov.au.

This ClimateWatch trail was developed with

 

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Parks Victoria and Earthwatch Australia are partnering to help gather important knowledge about the effects of climate change. The partnership will bring park visitors, nature enthusiasts, students, contractors, park staff and the general public together with climate change scientists through Earthwatch’s national phenology program ClimateWatch.

Our parks and reserves system protects many important environments but sit in a broader landscape that is changing. They play a crucial role in protecting biodiversity, providing clean air and water, regulating climate, maintaining healthy waterways, preventing soil erosion, maintaining genetic resources, providing habitat for native species and pollination.

Parks Victoria is responsible for managing an expanding and diverse estate covering more than 4 million hectares, or about 17 per cent, of Victoria. This area includes national parks, urban parks, large wilderness areas and 70 per cent of Victoria’s coastline. Parks Victoria also manages a representative system of marine national parks and marine sanctuaries. They are the local port manager for Port Phillip Bay, Western Port and Port Campbell and the waterway manager for the Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers.