Good Life Nature Activity at the Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH) By: Kayleigh Rosen

Nature on Display:

The Butterfly Rainforest exhibit at the FLMNH

This exhibit was the most appealing to me for a variety of reasons. I loved that the exhibit was outdoors and that it was very interactive to any of the museum-goers who wanted to learn about all of the different butterfly species the museum had to offer. The Butterfly Garden is located outside of the butterfly exhibit in the FLMNH and extends across the side of the museum, which encompasses many kinds of trees, smaller plants, butterflies, and fruit.

It first captured my attention because I love butterflies and I love the beautiful colors of their wings. On this particular day, the woman who was working in the exhibit was very knowledgable on the different species and why some preferred bananas over other fruits, which found to be interesting to me right as I entered the exhibit. She definitely made my experience more interesting on this particular day.

I had to come back to the FLMNH a separate day because the butterfly garden was closed the first day I planned to go, but thankfully I came back. I wouldn't have wanted to miss it!

Those were two images I took of a butterfly in the Butterfly Garden exhibit at the FLNHM

Without the interactive feeling of the exhibit, I wouldn't have been able to see (up close) the different butterfly species. It would have been much more difficult to read about the types of butterflies, without seeing them in person, then trying to learn about their particular species. The first hand, interactive experience, made it much easier to understand what the employees in the garden exhibit were talking about.

My experience in this part of the museum was very enjoyable to me because I got to share it with my friends! We got to get up close to the butterflies and take pictures in the beautiful garden, which was so fun! The bright colors of the butterflies and fruit made for some very artistic pictures that I plan to print out and forever remember my trip to the FLMNH!

Nature and Ethics:

The "Home Sweet Home" exhibit in the FLMNH

In the "Home Sweet Home" exhibit, I got to experience nature from the way Leopold recommended, by being a member of the "biotic community".

This exhibit allowed you to see what a typical person's waste and consumption of natural resources does to the environment, which is shocking. You had the option to do a small survey-type activity to see what type of damage you personally do to the environment, which made me feel as though humans are unaware of the damage that is truly being done.

After looking through the rest of the exhibit, I felt as though humans need to get a long with nature instead of deplete it's resources, because it will ultimately harm everyone in the end; it will harm nature and the human population.

The exhibit offers natural substitutions for the energy humans consume, such as the use of solar power and how solar energy is "readily available". According to the exhibit, solar energy can have many uses from heating and cooling to cooking and lighting.

I think that humans should try to switch some high energy-consuming processes to solar alternatives so we can "love, respect, and admire" nature, like Leopold believes.

This is my friend Evan and I inside the Home Sweet Home exhibit.

My friend, Evan and I were both connected with nature because of this exhibit because we now understand the relationship we have with it. Evan and I both did the small survey and discovered we should switch to more renewable energy sources in which the exhibit recommended, such as wind power,geothermal power, and hydro/tide power. I thought these were good suggestions and not typical energy sources that I would've thought of to begin with, so I was glad to learn they are possibilities.

Based on the results we saw and the different "parts of the home" in the exhibit, such as the refrigerator and oven, (which each tell you different ways for humans to help conserve energy), I feel more of an ethical responsibility to take care of the environment that I live in. Now that I know how, I plan to use my new knowledge in my own dorm room. Also, I agree even more with Leopold, nature is precious and should treated with more respect than some people treat nature with in this modern decade.

Nature and the Human Spirit:

This is part of a pre-historic exhibit called "What Stories Can This Midden Tell Us?"

This section of the museum is about dating different remains of pre-historic or "ancient" civilizations. This exhibit helped me recognize the mystery and majesty of the Universe, the way that Heschel believed we should.

The Natural History museum allowed me to step out of my daily life and look back into time at different civilizations that inhabited Florida in the past. Over many centuries, different fossils and remains form into different layers in the ground, with the older remains at the bottom and the newer remains at the top. Archeologist are able to use these layers to put together a "story" about the past and the individuals that had lived on that particular land centuries before.

The evidence of these past individuals was amazing to me when I saw this large glass capsule of different kinds of fossils. It made me think about how my life would be different if I grew up in the time of hunting and gathering instead of the time of technology and innovation.

This is me infront of the exhibit's glass capsule. It illustrates the different layers of midden that contain various remains of objects people had left behind over the centuries.

This exhibit helped me understand how people and culture of different time periods have evolved so much over time. The different layers of midden were able to show that people made tools from rock in order to cut different meats and/or branches, whereas today we can simply go buy a knife from the convince store for the same task.

The natural world is able to offer so much: nutrients in food and trees for shelter. The inhabitants of the land were able to live simply in nature which almost seems like a mystery to us now. It would seem impossible for a lot of us to drop all technology and live in nature like ancient civilizations did, which is a mystery and a majesty to me.

The natural world was also able to preserve all of the remains throughout many centuries (in this case, up to 2000 years ago), to help archeologist uncover the mysteries of the land. Because of these layers of dirt, we should be appreciative and amazed that nature was able to help the people of today discover the ancient mysteries of civilization and long ago.

This concludes my amazing trip to the Florida Museum of Natural History!

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