Florida Museum of Natural History Hadley Owen

Immersion. This is the best way to learn; a language, a culture, even about butterflies. Walking out into the Butterfly Rainforest was breathtaking. As soon as you step through the doorway, there are butterflies everywhere; some resting, some snacking, and some fluttering around with friends. My favorite aspect of it was that even though the area is inclosed, you would never know it from how natural and beautiful everything is. The part that really captivated me, was the fact that there were butterflies everywhere, you just had to look closely, as many of them sat quietly and blended in with their surroundings. Through my time spent admiring the Butterfly Rainforest, I learned that butterflies actually play together, and "chase" each other around. This is something I could not have learned from a picture or diagram. Overall, I really enjoyed being up close and personal with nature.

Sea Turtles are a species that does not get the respect that it deserves. Sea turtles are endangered, and as Leopold says, without admiration and appreciation they are doomed and they will not be able to be conserved. As I was walked around throughout the museum with my roommate, we talked about how interesting everything was. We both felt that it was really awesome how the exhibits were created so that you could get up close, and learn through exposure. Other people had very similar reactions to the exhibits. Most were very curious, reading the placards and taking pictures. There were multiple different places throughout the museum in which a person could really connect with nature, one being the North Florida's Nature exhibit. Within this exhibit there was a place where you could walk through a cave replication, and see what it would really feel like to be underground. After perusing the museum, I felt a call to do what I can to help preserve this beautiful Earth.

Northwest Florida's nature

I believe that the Florida Museum of Natural History helps us to step out of our ordinary lives, by placing us into different eras, different lands, and different lives. When you step into each new exhibit you are transformed to the details of that sector. With this, it helps you to better understand yourself through putting things in perspective. For example, we, humans, pretty much run the world, but when you step into the exhibit showing all different types of prehistoric animals, you quickly remember that we have not always been the ones in charge. Being able to learn about the 15 foot ground sloth, or see the skeleton of a large-headed llama is really the most mysterious and magical part of the museum.

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