Florida Museum of Natural History By Atharva Chopde

At the butterfly exhibit, being surrounded by a range of butterflies from all across the world was nothing short of breathtaking. The exhibit had many informative guides, and while it was clearly targeted at a younger demographic, many basic facts like the geographic homes of the current occupants provided a sense of scale of the exhibit. One funny thing that I found that I don't think I would have ever noticed otherwise was the way butterflies eat their food. Normally, when I see butterflies they're just flying around and I never have time to see them up close. Seeing such a mundane thing was pretty interesting to me because I simply never seen it before. The staff was certainly knowledgeable, and their willingness to talk to visitors and share their happiness made this a very fun exhibit.

Butterfly Feeding on Fruit

Nature doesn't really need help beautifying itself to be appealing to general population. By this I mean nature is intrinsically beautiful at at least some point. Nature is also large enough that when experienced by the individual, it will overwhelm them. Because of this, the only difficult in showing people the form of nature that Leopold recommends is simply getting people out into the wild. This exhibit did a good job of simulating an actual temperate environment, and thus provides that overwhelming feeling that nature can have while not being intimidating. When I went, there were a few younger children there. If I were to describe their reaction it would be childish. Like kids. Because they're kids. The younger you are the more receptive you are to new ideas, and getting kids interested in the outdoors when they're younger is definitely beneficial to create a generation of individuals who'll treat wildlife ethically. As always, being outside stirred up feelings of love for nature, so I would say yes the museum did instill an ethical responsibility to nature.

Some birds with a butterfly

It is easy for an individual to get caught up in the simple rush of things. Whether you call it the rat race or the daily grind or whatever you want, the simple problem is there: you don't have time to think. One of the biggest benefits of museums is that they are meant as a leisure activity. When people go to a museum, they typically aren't as concerned with their daily issues. This allows them to actually take in the nature that surrounds them a bit more than usual. Because of this, they are given a sense of scale they don't normally get when going through the day just focusing on themselves. Being shrunk down by an understanding of how much bigger the world is should help one understand just how little they've actually seen and should at least bring up an admiration for the vast unknown nature of the world around them.

This thick foliage is a nice intro into the natural world
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