Good Life Nature Activity at FLMNH Angelica Alejo

Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life and Land

The Florida Fossils exhibit symbolizes Nature on Display. It presented information on animals and the history of the natural world. This exhibit had an appealing design since it was dimly lit and lights were used to make the fossils the focal point of the room. This also allowed the fossils to cast a shadow. Most of the fossils in the room were placed in the center, making it easier for the viewer to compare the sizes of predator and prey. This exhibit captured my attention through its life-like aspects. It was almost as if the animals could come back to life and start moving. From this exhibit, I learned that animals were rulers of the old natural world. For example, the bones of a giant ground sloth were displayed. It was hard to imagine how a small creature today originated from such a huge creature.

Butterfly Rainforest

The Butterfly Rainforest represents Nature and Ethics. This exhibit allowed me to "love, respect, and admire" nature. We were asked by the staff to not touch the butterflies whether or not they landed on us. I felt as if I was in a tropical rainforest due to the all the plants, water, and animal interaction throughout the exhibit. Other people tried to take as much pictures as they can of the butterflies, and some even tried to chase them. Younger kids tried to touch the butterflies, even though they were instructed not to do so. I felt it was my ethical duty to tell the younger kids not to touch the butterflies, since it could potentially affect the way they function. This exhibit allowed us to connect with nature through our quiet interaction with the butterflies. Interaction doesn't necessarily need to be hands-on for it to qualify as an interaction, but simply by observing and respecting the natural world around us.

The First Floridians

The First Floridians exhibit symbolizes Nature and the Human Spirit. It allows us to step out of our ordinary lives by seeing how the natives lived back then and realizing how different our ways of living are today. The exhibit displayed how the Calusa society functioned and made their living through fishing, living in huts, and their societal division of nobles and commoners. This exhibit helps us to better understand who we are and better appreciate the mystery and majesty of the natural world by giving us an understanding of how our early inhabitants interacted back then. It also demonstrates how much time has progressed since then, but it also goes to show how much has remained the same. The Calusa people worked daily, but they still had time for leisure activities such as games, song, dance, and public ceremonies.

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