My Spark Story: The Florida Museum of Natural History

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The Nature on Display

I gotta bad feeling about this...

Throughout the museum, there were a couple of pretty cool displays like this one and the rainforest display that helped to draw me in to a lot of the unique things that are out there in the world. Things that I wouldn't otherwise get to see up close. I really liked the shark fossil exhibit because of the scale of their jaws and how it forced me to imagine the massive size of what their bodies must be. I mean, just look at this thing....

Woooooooaaaaahhhhhh!

Yup, the shark exhibit even though it was small compared to the others, definitely left the biggest impact. I learned that the natural world is a pretty scary place to be in, especially an ocean where this thing exists. It's something I don't think I could fully appreciate if it weren't right there in front of me real-time. The best part of the museum experience was the calmness of it. I would just leisurely stroll through and look at animals or gardens and take pictures, it wasn't a stressful ordeal.

You can practically feel the nature from this photo.

Nature and Ethics

I felt the most appreciation for nature when I was in the butterfly garden and shark exhibit. The butterfly exhibit was interesting because the staff instructed you to be careful to not crush the butterflies or touch them. This kind of gave me a sense of responsibility to not step on any butterflies because I would probably get kicked out of the Museum. I don't think this was what Leopold was hoping I would feel, but I think it was a step in the right direction.

Other than that though, I have to admit that I felt that we actually were "conquerors of the land" because in the rain forest exhibit, there were a bunch of caged up frogs which didn't exactly send a message of "respecting nature". Apart from a sense of awe for the sharks and mammoths, I already had a feeling of being a part of the "biotic community" and the museum didn't do much to improve/ expand upon that. Other people seemed to enjoy the butterfly garden and seemed to have a good time taking pictures of their surroundings with their families/ friends. The museum allowed people to get physically closer to some parts of nature and give them the opportunity to connect with what they see.

Nature and the Human Spirit

The museum helped me step out of my daily life by literally making me take steps away from where I would normally be on a Sunday afternoon. For the particular steps that I took in the museum, I had to time to think about where I was, why I was there and what I was doing with my life and I ended up learning a couple things about myself. I think everyone left the museum with a better understanding of who they are and what they value. For example, I learned that I learned that going to museums is probably won't become a favorite past-time of mine anytime soon. It did allow me to gain some insight into not only the power and wonder of some of the things in nature, but how fragile it is and that we should put a bit more effort towards conserving it since it benefits all of us.

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