Good Life Nature Activity at FLMNH By: Brittany Hillman


On February 8, 2017 I visited the Florida Natural History Museum, excited to see some beautiful butterflies!

White Admiral Butterfly
Nature on Display

I explored the Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History. I found the design of the exhibit very appealing because it was (what I image to be) just like a rainforest. There was a plethora of vegetation, birds, lizards, and hundreds of butterflies fluttering around. My attention was captured fully by the butterfly, I followed them around for a good hour trying to take a picture of them and their stunning wings. I learned from this experience of the natural world that I myself had to experience this exhibit first-hand to appreciate the beauty and simplicity that the butterflies had to offer. The most enjoyable part of visiting the museum and experiencing nature was that I didn't have to worry about school or any other responsibilities, I could take my time and enjoy the simplicity beauty that surrounded me.

Blue Morpho Butterfly
Nature and Ethics

The Natural History Museum absolutely provided me the opportunity to experience nature in a way that Leopold had recommended because although the nature was contained to the greenhouse, the secluded alcoves within the greenhouse were enough for me to feel completely immersed within nature. I loved visiting because it was so tranquil and serene and I felt at peace. As I went through the exhibit I was in awe of the little flying creatures and their habitat. I could also tell that those surrounded me, young and old, also were experiencing the same feelings that I had. The Natural History Museum allowed visitors of the museum to connect with nature because I was able to get up close and personal with birds and butterflies I wouldn't otherwise get the chance to observe. I believe that the experience in the museum instilled the ethical responsibility to nature that Leopold imagines because of its delicacy and simplicity and I couldn't image life without beauty as simple as what I experienced at the museum.

Me and Some Butterflies Hanging Out
Nature and the Human Spirit

The Natural History museum helps us step out of our ordinary lives because it gives us the opportunity to experience nature in a simulated natural habitat, which is why it is so important to take time out of our day to experience and remember that. The mystery and majesty of the universe helps us better understand who we are because it reminds us that at the end of the day we are all just one person in the world of many, just like a single butterfly. The mystery of the universe makes me better appreciate the natural world because I know I will never understand its mysteries, but by taking my time to observe nature and appreciate it, I believe that I am able to connect to nature, which is eternal regardless of time.

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