Nature Activity at the Florida Museum of Natural History by Elise Hudson

Our rapidly evolving technological world makes it difficult to imagine a life filled with simple tasks dedicated to survival. The Florida Museum of Natural History falls back to a time where people and nature coexisted peacefully with respect for one another. Now, human life seems to trample over nature without a second thought. Money is the driving force instead of a desire to better ourselves and the world around us. It is sometimes forgotten that if our environment suffers, so do we. This exhibit reminded me of a time when people valued the earth and all it has to offer. People took only what they needed, and they were grateful for every bit of what they had. Since the exhibit surrounds the walkway, you are forced to immerse yourself in a period that is so foreign and almost unimaginable. If another medium had been used, I may not have appreciated the exhibit as much because it would have been easy to walk by and forget. It was enjoyable because it reignited a passion for preserving the natural world for future generations.

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The butterfly exhibit can produce a variety of experiences because you really need to take your time in the garden to get the best understanding. Some people choose to rush through the garden just to say they did it, so I don't think they get the appreciation that Leopold was referring to. However, if you decide to take the time to walk through the garden and connect with the environment it offers, you will lose any feelings of superiority over nature. The natural world is too vast and mysterious for us to ever conquer in full. The best way to interact with our environment is to live in harmony with it. After experiencing the garden, I felt that I was more aware of all the beautiful things around me.

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Humans like to think they are the biggest and the baddest in the ecosystem, but there are so many organisms that we know little to nothing about. There could be countless mesmerizing things living around us that we are completely unaware of because were too bust assuming we will alway be on top. The shark exhibit reminded me of the first time I ever swam with sharks in the Bahamas. We were diving eighty feet underwater and two Caribbean reef sharks started cruising around us with curiosity. They are such interesting animals, and there is so much we have yet to learn about sharks. They are stigmatized to the fullest extend when they really are just trying to understand us like we try to understand them. The exhibit reminded me to take time to remember I am not the center of the universe, and other creatures are just as fascinating as we are.

credit: Elise Hudson

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