Good Life Nature Activity Ansley Copeland

The Florida Museum of Natural History is filled with interesting and creative exhibits that show the visitors the beauties of florida and the history behind them. The Butterfly Rainforest, one of the main attractions, allows people to immerse themselves in the beauty of the butterfly habitat. Between walking through a hallway filled with giant fish and seaweed and experience what it would be like to be a small fish in the waters surrounding florida, to entering a life size indian hut filled with cultural music, the Florida Museum of Natural History has thought of many ways to make learning about the environment and the history of Florida fun and memorable.

Nature on Display

The exhibit that caught my attention the most was the Butterfly Rainforest. I love the outdoors and am always mesmerized by even the simplest displays of nature, so being surrounded by luscious greenery and hundreds of butterflies was absolutely amazing. The beauty of the area really captures your attention and encourages you to learn more about what's around you. I love butterflies and I thought I knew quite a lot about them, but one new thing I had learned was that butterflies can use their bright colors and designs to scare off predators. The underside of their wings may be dull colored and that helps them blend in to their surroundings, but the top side is flashy and brightly colored so if approached they can surprise their predators and get away. The museum displays these fun, interesting facts throughout the exhibit so when reading them you are not overwhelmed by all of the information. I really enjoyed this exhibit because of how they present this information and how the butterflies are displayed. By making a walk through rainforest with hundreds of butterflies flying around, it really makes the experience that much more exciting an interesting. I know the new things I learned there I will never forget.

Nature and Ethics

People are taking the world for granted more and more everyday. Everyone is getting caught up in the newest iPhone or the fastest car and there has been a loss in appreciation for the more simple things that are all around us. Walking around campus, majority of the students are glued to their phones and not looking around and enjoy whats happening in front of them. Instead of expecting the world to owe us something, we should be giving back to the world and living with it, not from it. The Florida Museum of Natural History has an entire section dedicated to the early indians that lived in Florida, people who lived by the rules of respecting the earth. This exhibit allowed the visitors to really understand the culture of the Indians by having many different models depicting how they lived and artifacts on display. One of my favorite interactive models was a life size straw hut that simulated the way the indians lived. Many people enjoyed that, especially the kids, because it was such a unique way of expressing that information and was a memorable exhibit. With displaying information in such a unique way, I really enjoyed reading about the difference in their culture than from ours today and it has inspired me to be more grateful with what I have and the world around me.

Nature and the Human Spirit

In the aquatic section of the Florida Museum of Natural History they have an exhibit that shows the difference between the different shark jaws found in the oceans. One of the largest jaws in the display belonged to the megalodon shark, a shark that is luckily no longer around. Something that big in size always brings amazement to me to think that a shark that large was once in the world. It also just goes to show how little we know about the natural world and how mysterious it is. There are things, especially in the ocean, that human kind has yet to discover and the megalodon was just the brink of the many mysteries the world holds. It puts into perspective just how small we are compared to the many things we don't know. The human race sometimes forgets that compared to the universe, we are entirely too small to really know everything. Exhibits like this can remind people to be more humble and accept that there are many things out here, much greater than us.

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