Good Life Nature Activity at FLMNH By lindsay Asher

Introduction

Walking into the museum I was unsure what I was going to uncover. The further I traveled into the museum the more I realized I was going to be taken on a journey. My views on the natural world were shifted and I was inspired to protect the world around me.

Nature on Display

The butterfly exhibit captivated me. As soon as I walked through the door to outside I felt as if I was transformed into another world. I felt as if I was truly outside observing the butterflies and birds in their natural habitat. I felt calmed by the steady trickle of water from the small creek and the flowers added even more life to the blooming greenhouse. My attention was captured as I saw the first vibrantly covered wings fluttering past my nose. There were colors of bright blue, red, yellow, black and so many more. At first I had to search for the butterflies because their wings were tightly closed in camouflage with the surroundings. I gasped as I saw the first bright blue wings on a nearby rock. I was taught that the nature world always has something new and not judge by what is on the outside. On the outside the butterfly’s wings were shades of brown that simply blended into the world around them. The second the wings opened up and the colors were revealed, my jaw hit the floor. If I was not in that confined space and told to look for butterflies, I would have been impatient and unobservant. I would have missed the beautiful creatures simply because i was not patient enough. I learned beauty is all around and we simply need to take the time to see it. It was so enjoyable because I was fully relax. I was able to fully appreciate nature and forget about all the craziness going on in my life.

Both photos on page taken by Lindsay Asher

Nature and Ethics

The simplest exhibits provided an environment for us to appreciate the world and the habitats of the creatures. I was in the exhibit that showed the different habitats and environments that we have in Florida. This portion of the museum helped me to admire what exists in the natural world on a daily basis. In the real world, if I passed a field with gnarly flowers and weeds I would not have thought twice about what I was looking at. I would went on with my day, not even questioning the life that is hiding in the underbrush. Going into the cave, I felt as if I was no longer in the museum and transported to a whole new underground world. The friends I went with and the other people viewing the exhibit had the exact same reactions as I did. We were able to discover place I have called home for my entire life. I learned about the different parts of the state and how the environment functions. I felt that after I left the museum I had an ethical responsibility to protect the environment. Florida is such a diverse place and it deserves to be protected. I learned to “love, respect, ad admire” the state I call my home.

Taken by Lindsay Asher

Nature and the Human Spirit

The Natural History museum helps to get a broader perspective on our world. I was able to appreciate what has happened in our natural world and what is happening now. The beauty was truly pointed out to me. We are able to step out of our ordinary life by seeing what has come before us. The Florida Fossils exhibit showed me that there were so many different species that came before. In an ordinary day, I do not take time to think about the species that are now extinct and the uniqueness of each species. Something that I learned from the exhibit Florida Fossils and all the other parts of the museum is how different natural world is. There are no two species or habitats that are even remotely the same. I was able to appreciate the variety of life in our world. This lesson applies to us as humans; each of us are completely and we should be celebrated for our individual gifts.

Taken by Lindsay Asher

Works Cited:

  1. Florida Museum of Natural History. Digital image. Visit Gainesville. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Mar. 2017. <https://www.visitgainesville.com/attractions/florida-museum-of-natural-history/>.
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