"Beautiful was the World" Kayla Palmer

Butterfly Rainforest in the Florida Museum of Natural History

Nature on Display

I found the Butterfly Rainforest to be one of the most appealing exhibits because it immerses guests in nature. I like that the exhibit was interactive; guests of the museum have an opportunity to walk through the space and observe different types of butterflies, birds and plants - all coming together to form a single ecosystem. The varying colors and the movement of the butterflies really captured my attention, helping me to appreciate nature. I think the Butterfly Rainforest is such an effective exhibit because you aren't just gaining information, but rather an experience. This distinguishes the exhibit from others in the museum.

Sea Turtle section located within the "Northwest Florida: Waterways & Wildlife" exhibit

Nature and Ethics

I am a big supporter of moving towards sustainability, which is why I agree with Leopold's beliefs towards conservation efforts. I do feel that the more people “love, respect, and admire” nature, the more able we are to tackle environmental problems. When we, as humans, appreciate nature we are more likely to address issues such as deforestation and climate change.

I appreciate how the Natural History Museum makes an effort to visually recreate different ecosystems because this establishes a more personal connection between guests and nature. For example, even though a person may not live near the beach, the sea turtle exhibit may educate a museum visitor and inspire them to facilitate change. Many threats to sea turtles are caused by humans; these threats include light pollution during hatching season and the harmful disposal of trash and plastics along the coast. The exhibit forces guests to recognize these problems and it calls for ethical responsibility from the public.

Entrance and exit of the Cave display also located in the Northwest Florida exhibit

Nature and the Human Spirit

The "Cave" exhibit was perhaps my favorite because it allowed me to explore an environment with which I am fairly unfamiliar. I enjoyed how the Natural History museum allowed me to step away from my usual surroundings and into this dark, majestic space filled with bats and realistic stalagmites. The lighting, or rather lack of, allows guests to get a true cave-like experience. I also appreciated the light-up screens with information, as well as the "tunnel" which makes the display more interactive for younger visitors. I've only been inside a few caverns, but I felt that the museum did a great job with emulating how it feels to be in that type of space. Something about exploring the unknown/ underground is really exciting to me, sparking a light in my soul, or rather the human spirit.

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