Nature on Display: This was an exhibit I was immediately attracted to. As you can see in this picture and the picture below, the exhibit shows the environment of South Florida and the importance of mangroves for plants, animals, and the coastline. The exhibit first caught my attention because of the thunder and lightning environment. I live in Miami so this exhibit was one of my favorites because it reminded me of home.
Nature on Display Part 2: From this exhibit specifically, I learned the importance of mangroves. Initially, I thought mangroves were only a type of plant that was habitat for certain marine animals. However, because of this exhibit I learned that they also play a crucial role in keeping the coastal tide at a certain range. I realized that because I live in Miami, rising sea levels are an imminent danger to me and my family. I found this experience at the museum to be enjoyable because I found it was easy to relate to, because I live in Florida.
Nature and Ethics: This picture is taken inside of a Calusa "house". Before I visited the museum I knew little of the Calusa tribe. However, I quickly learned that the Calusa tribe was not just a tribe that "conquered" the land, but instead became a part of the land. I think the museum did a very good job at experiencing nature the way Leopold intended. You can see throughout the exhibits, especially the ones regarding the Calusa tribe, that the land is to be appreciated and that we, as humans, are equal to the land. As I went through the museum I felt excited to learn more about the history of Florida, there is so much I didn't know about my home state. The other visitors in the museum were doing a variety of things. Some visitors were taking notes on the exhibits while others were watching documentaries walking from exhibit to exhibit. The Natural History museum has several different ways of interacting with nature. One way is a beautiful butterfly garden, where visitors can walk through a garden filled with different species of trees, plants, and flowers. The visitors then can enjoy the company of butterflies living in a natural habitat. Another way to connect with nature is that there is a newly opened frog exhibit. I enjoyed the frog exhibit much more because I thought the frogs were more captivating than the butterflies, this is just a personal opinion however. I do believe the museum helped me to understand the relationship of humans and nature better.
Nature and the Human Spirit: In nature, there are a lot of "eternal", "mystical", and "magical" things. In this specific exhibit, the museum takes visitors "underwater" to discover life under the sea. I think this was a really interactive way for the museum to make visitors step out of their ordinary lives and show us a little bit of mystery. I think this gives us a better idea of who we are because it it conveys that there is far more than the material world we live in. By going through this museum I was intrigued by the life underwater and even more curious about the habitats and species that lived there.