Florida Museum of Natural History: The Experience Michael Coletta

The Florida Museum of Natural History History has a vast variety of enlightening elegance. My journey through this museum opened my eyes and helped me to view the world through a whole new perspective. As you read through this Spark story I hope you visualize and connect with the exhibits and enjoy this experience as much as I did.

Nature on Display: The exhibit that I enjoyed the most at the Florida Museum of Natural History was by far The Butterfly Rain Forest. This beautiful enclosure housed a copious amount of insects, such as butterflies and moths, and seemed to contain an unending amount of lush vegetation and life. The large, open area of the enclosure allowed the butterflies to float all around you just as they would in their natural habitat. Butterflies and moths the size of your head are more than enough to grab your attention and evoke emotion, whether that be of fear, delight, or amazement. Upon my visit, I learned that, sometimes, it is much more enriching to experience something first hand than just reading it out of a text book. Physically seeing these amazingly beautiful creatures dip and dive through the air gave me a new appreciation for nature and all its splendor. Seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces around the exhibit was the most enjoyable part of my experience at the museum, which I will gladly visit again.

Nature and Ethics: One of the parts of the museum that caught my eye was the section on the species that have gone extinct. Walking through and seeing all of the different types of beautiful creatures that have been wiped off of this earth, I felt a sense of sadness. To think that, at one point in time, we all shared the Earth together peacefully. Now, according to the museum signage, 99.99% of all species that have ever been on this are now extinct. This opened my eyes and showed me that if we don’t all work together, countless other species might go extinct, including ourselves. Upon talking to some of my class mates, they felt the same way. Some even added that our children could be seeing animals such as tigers or penguins in these extinction exhibits. This part of the museum definitely reinforced my agenda to do the little things like recycle and do my part to try to save this planet and all creatures that share it with us.

Nature and the Human Spirit: Being a freshman in college, I have a set routine to my day. I get up, shower, go to class, eat lunch, do my homework, eat dinner, go to bed, and wake up the next morning only to do the same thing as the day before. Upon visiting this museum, I got to change up my routine and do something different with my day. I got to explore exhibits and learn about cultures and animals that I had never even heard of before. As a military kid, I moved multiple times growing up, and I thought that I had seen it all, and that I knew more about this beautiful world we live in than most, but boy was I wrong. I learned a lot about the Calusa people, who were aware of how beautiful the world around them was, and treated it with care. Seeing these people be one with their world encouraged me to do the same. In conclusion, The Florida Museum of Natural History opened my eyes to new horizons and ideas that I would have never before thought of. I feel more in touch with my surroundings and a new found appreciation for the world around me.

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