Ryan Cronin's Nature Activity at FLMNH

This exhibit is designed to capture your attention as it is the first thing you see as you come into the museum. It captured my attention purely with its size, it was almost impossible to miss. From this exhibit I learned the type of creatures that used to roam this earth as well as how enormous they were. This would have been harder to convey through another medium such as a picture because being able to see it in person allows you to see truly how large this creature was. I found that looking at the more rare animals was what made my experience so enjoyable.
The museum did in fact provide me opportunity to experience nature in ways that Leopold recommended through its butterfly garden. In this exhibit, I felt very peaceful as I walked through as did many others. We were all amazed by all the different types of butterflies and colors. The museum allowed people to connect with nature within this exhibit by allowing them to literally step into it and walk through a nature trail filled with butterflies. My experience in the museum definitely did instill in me an ethical responsibility to nature as Leopold imagines. I learned to slow down and look and admire my surroundings.
The museum helped us to step out of our normal lives by showing us things that we would otherwise never be able to see. For example this giant shark jaw. This was something that I'd never seen in person before and truly amazed me. The museum helped us to better understand who we are and better appreciate the mystery and majesty of the world by showing us not just the pretty things, but also the scary and showing us what really is out there that we don't see during out normal lives.

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