Going through the Florida Museum of Natural History allowed me to further understand Leopold's statement that we must become a biotic community that appreciates nature, rather than people that conquer nature. During my time at the museum, I truly felt at one with nature; however, no place felt more special than the Butterfly Garden. Going through the butterfly garden provided me with an in-person experience that allowed me to become more appreciative of nature and its relationship with humanity. The overall atmosphere was extremely happy, and there were tons of kids running around who just seemed happy to be experiencing nature's beauty. We were literally face-to-face with some of nature's coolest creatures, the butterfly, and this time at the museum (specifically in the Butterfly Garden) made me feel obligated to make myself heard in terms of protecting our environment.
Nature and the Human Spirit
Going to the Florida Museum of Natural History truly allowed for me to step outside of my average, every day life by experiencing and celebrating different cultures that have been practiced throughout history. While at the museum, I was able to visit the exhibit that discussed the Calusa Earthworks. The Caluse tribe built these large mounds in order to show the strength of their leaders and their beliefs, and without such an interesting exhibit I would have not been able to acquire information such as this. Experiencing an exhibit such as this allows me to appreciate who we are as a nation and the various cultures that occupied Florida in the past; learning about Florida's history provides me with valuable information on the state that I call home while connecting with nature and the history that nature has played in past societies' lives.