The Auckland Natural History Walking Club was established 95 years ago by Marguerite Crookes, a botanist at Auckland University. The Marguerite Track in the Waitakeres is named after her.
Extract from a letter she sent the Club in 1975:
"The Natural History Club was first formed in connection with a botany class given by me under the auspices of the Auckland Branch of the Workers' Education Association. As my class progressed the members showed a keen interest in our native plants and this could only be satisfied by visits to the bush. So the Natural History Club was formed.....The Club continued to maintain its early enthusiasm, as indeed it has done ever since. May I conclude by wishing it a happy and successful future." M. Crookes
Since those early days the Club has benefitted from having many good leaders, supported by an enthusiastic membership.
We have over ninety members, all adults from many different backgrounds, with varied interests. Many have travelled widely both overseas and within New Zealand and have extensive knowledge of even the remotest areas. We all share a love of the outdoors and enjoy a laugh! Contact us to join.