All of the pictures shown are my own.
Introduction: My friend and I went to the museum together. When we first walked in, the front desk lady was friendly and helped us with anything that we needed. The museum as a whole was intricate and impressive. Walking around, I saw all of exhibits that were very interactive and educational. The Florida Museum provides the community with multiple ways to immerse people in nature in unique ways. The mission for the museum is to understand the cultural, biology, and heritage behind nature's history.
Nature on Display: The display that struck me the most was the frog exhibit. When I first walked in, the room was dark and mysterious. The only light in the room was the frog tanks and the frog's facts on the side. The frog facts provide visitors with the ability to learn about the frog they observing through the glass. One fact that I learned was that frogs use their skin to not only protect themselves from their environments, but they also use it to drink and breathe. There is a "drink patch" on the underbelly of the frog that lets gases pass through the body to help it breathe. In order for the drink patch to work, frogs need to have their bodies constantly clean and moist. So naturally, the frog produces a mucus to keep the skin from drying up.
The frog story was one of my favorite attractions in the museum. Towards the back of the frog exhibit, there was a lit wall with a bunch of sticky notes. The sticky notes on the wall were written by a lot of different anonymous people who wanted to share an experience they had with frogs. I went over to the "frog story" wall and wrote my own personal story of when I was younger I had a frog named Billy.
Nature and Ethics: The Florida Museum of Natural History had a lot of different attractions and interactive activities for people of all ages. Kids were running through the learning center and the frog exhibit, while the parents were enjoying the butterfly garden. As for college students, it was nice to be able to walk around and learn about energy conservation and see the nature exhibits like the bat cave (pictured below). I really enjoyed walking through the bat cave because it reminded me of home. Back in North Carolina, there are a lot of salt and bat caves within the mountain ridges. Leopold views the world as a place to love and admire it rather than a place to conquer. When I walked through the museum, it helped me realize that nature is a wonderful mystery. Just like Leopold's theory, walking through the museum helps recognize the realization that nature doesn't need our help, but rather we need nature to survive.
Nature and the Human Spirit: The museum was full of exhibits that let you experience "nature" in many different aspects. Other museums usually have pictures or glass exhibits that you can only observe, but the Florida museum of Natural History had realistic exhibits that made you feel like you were really immersed in nature. The museum included aspects from Florida's indigenous people, swamps, forests, and beaches.The bat cave and the butterfly exhibit were in my opinion the best examples of how the museum created an atmosphere that made the visitors feel like they were a part of the wonders of the world. Walking through the bat cave and the butterfly garden gave viewers the ability to step outside of their normal environments to learn about other natural attractions that nature has to offer.