The Club offers access to the Museum’s scientists

The South Australian Museum’s scientists are at the centre of our Club’s program and their talents and exciting discoveries are showcased by the Club’s exceptional expeditions and events. The Club founded in 1987, is young in spirit and experimental in its diverse program.

For example Club members are working with the Museum’s Professor Steve Donnellan in a Citizen Science Project aimed at confirming the extent of the Western Pygmy Possum habitat and exploring how to help the survival of these endearing little marsupials in eastern South Australia. This project will span over three to five years with Waterhouse Club members preparing, installing and monitoring nest boxes in bushland on private properties and conservation reserves throughout the mid-Mallee region of South Australia.

On the 19th and 20th September members made nest boxes and then erected them in Moorunde Wildlife Reserve. This installing task included recording the box number, GPS co-ordinates, surrounding vegetation, specific site identification then screwing the nesting box to the tree around a metre above the ground.

The project is based on the known sites of Western Pygmy Possums with known DNA profiles and corridor vegetation for movement around different temperature zones in South Australia.

Education, entertainment and travel.
The Club’s aims are to enlighten and have a good time – standards are high and events are staged with flair.  Destinations are chosen for their scientific interest and beauty, often with privileged access. We aim to see the world through the multi-disciplined eyes of the Museum, which can be a life transforming experience.

Your kind of people
The Club’s objective is to provide a network of influential people to give support to The Museum through influence and raising money for the Museum Foundation. On joining, you can expect to be among people who are at a stage in life when they can take an interest in the natural world and let their curiosity flourish through access to authoritative knowledge.

Separate from the Waterhouse Club, the Museum has an excellent program of activities for families and children which is best accessed through  Museum Membership.

Saving Western Pygmy Possum expedition