Florida Museum of Natural History by: Daniella Canas

Nature on display

The Frogs

Walking into the frog exhibit is like becoming a frog yourself. You walk in and it is dark and intriguing. The brightest things in the room are the frog facts and tanks. My favorite aspect of the exhibit was the "share your favorite frog story" section in the back of the room. It provided a nice personal touch to the exhibit. Everywhere you look there is something to learn. The most interesting fact about frogs that I learned was that certain frogs living in frigid temperatures practice controlled freezing. They produce excess sugars or starches to prevent damage to sensitive tissues while the remaining water in their bodies turn to ice. Another interesting fact I learned about frogs is that most frogs have excellent hearing, but cannot hear the highest or lowest sounds that humans hear. To protect their sensitive ears, frogs may produce special vibrations in its body to partly block the sound of its own loud call.

Nature and Ethics

Appreciating Nature

The Florida Natural History Museum is filled with many wonders. It teaches you about every aspect of Florida: from the indigenous people to the the beaches to the swamps to the forests to energy conservation. It is fun and interactive. The displays and the rooms were larger than life and very detailed. Each room came with its own lesson to teach its viewer. The kids at the museum were running around everywhere; lifting up tree branches and tapping the glass of frog tanks and looking for the hidden gems in each room. Leopold desires for us to love nature in order to protect it, and the Florida Natural History Museum allows us to do just that. With such interactive and exhilarating rooms, we learn about the state of Florida and how to preserve its land. This experience instilled in me a desire to protect my state's natural beauty.

Nature and Human Spirit

The Butterfly Rainforest

The Florida Natural History Museum makes you feel small. With the world around you so grand and beautiful, you realize that you only play a minute part in the environment. Most individuals nowadays deem their human needs more important than the needs of the environment, but this museum works hard to eradicate this destructive mindset by placing the viewer at the same level as every other organism around us. The most effective way the museum does this is through the butterfly rainforest. This room physically takes you into the environment without any large, plastic displays. With butterflies flying around you, you begin to realize that, in retrospect, humans are like butterflies: only one of many thousands of organisms living together in the same world.

Resources for photos:

cover photo:

Holland, Jonah. "Field Trip: Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History". lewisginter.org. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 12 December 2012. http://www.lewisginter.org/field-trip-butterfly-rainforest-at-the-florida-museum-of-natural-history/. Accessed 30 January 2017.

all other images taken by me.

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