Florida Museum of Natural History BY JULIA GOETZ

NATURE ON DISPLAY

The hands on experience of Butterfly Rainforest exhibit really captured my attention, because in addition to reading about different types of butterflies, I also got to see them and experience what I have learned in person. I would have never really understood how delicate and fragile these beautiful creatures truly are. I found it very enjoyable and peaceful to watch the butterflies fly around me and how well they could camouflage against the leaves and trees.

Nature and Ethics

I believe that this museum did provide me to experience nature the way Leopold described. While I was there, I viewed the exhibit not only as a museum, but also as a community for the butterflies that lived there. I felt calm and at ease throughout the museum and felt extremely in touch with my inner self. Some people were in touch with themselves, while others were distracted by their phones and were not paying attention to what was going on right in front of them. The Natural History Museum allowed a hands on approach to learning, which allowed people to actively participate and connect with nature. My visit did not instill an ethical responsibility within me because I had one previously to visiting the museum.

Nature and the Human Spirit

The Natural Museum of History helps us connect with nature, which is full of rarity and mystery. The Natural Museum helps us step up in our daily lives by allowing us to be more in tune with ourself. It helped me realize that I am no different than any other animal created by G-d. While at the museum, I spent majority of the time watching butterflies and thinking about the natural beauty that surrounds us each and every day.

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