Nature on Display:
I enjoyed the Estuary Close-Up exhibit because the ocean fascinates me. Growing up near the ocean, it is neat to learn what happens in the water. Water is obviously important, but it was interesting to learn that the movement of the water is essential also. I learned that water movement distributes nutrients and removes the waste. I enjoyed the presentation of the exhibit. The design of the exhibit drew me in because it is tinted blue. I liked how the exhibit focused on things that are very small and blew them up. It brought my attention to something I would normally not think about. I may not have been inclined to learn anything new about water if it weren't for the cool presentation of this exhibit.
Nature and ethics:
As I went through the museum, it became very obvious how much we need nature. As humans, we take advantage of nature quite often but we need to learn how to respect it. We must take from nature to survive, but we should only take as much is necessary and work to preserve its beauty. The Calusa's relationship with nature is beautiful. They utilized nature to craft canoes out of cypress and pine trees. They also used the river as a natural road way in order to connect communities. They had to depend upon nature to give them these opportunities. I think everyone at the museum understands the beauty and importance of nature and believes in preserving it as much as we can. The museum connected me with nature by giving me some context instead of just looking at the object and moving on. I believe land is worth much more than its economic value.