I found the Butterfly Rainforest particularly appealing because of the unique experience. What made the experience unique is that unlike typical museums where exhibits are displayed behind a piece of glass, we were actually able to walk through a man-made rainforest filled with a multitude of vibrant butterflies and finches. Throughout the forest, there were miniature waterfalls, exotic-looking plants, and fruits for butterflies to feed on. The first hand experience allowed for me to really understand how the butterflies and finches adapted to their environment. Walking through the rainforest was like a game of hide and seek, if you didn't look carefully enough you would have missed the butterflies hidden throughout the dense vegetation.
Nature and Ethics
Butterfly Pupae in a Laboratory.
After being immersed in the butterfly rainforest, I think the Natural History Museum did a great job providing us an opportunity to experience nature the way Leopold recommended. The rainforest's beauty is a hundred times more valuable than its monetary worth, the experience has taught me to appreciate and love the land for what it is. As I toured the museum, I felt a need to take responsibility to protect these fragile species and their environment. Careless human activities have been the primary cause of endangered species and the loss of habitat. As humans, we must protect and share the environment with other species that live alongside us.
Nature and the Human Spirit
Native American Exhibit.
The Natural History Museum helps us step out of our ordinary lives by providing us a place where we can spend one on one time with nature. The Native American exhibition connects us with their past and origins. Just looking at the Native American culture, we can see that there is a deep connection between the people and their surrounding environment. The Native Americans see the environment as equal and respect the various species that they live with. Unlike society today that cares only about tangible objects of monetary value, the Native Americans were able to appreciate what the world had to provide. This does not only include food and shelter, but also the beauty and wonders of nature. Overall, if we were to spend less time complaining about what we don't have and appreciating the gifts that nature has given us, we would live a happier life.