The Butterfly Garden

Nature on Display

Out of all the exhibits in the museum, though all interactive and immersive in a way, the most immersive for me was the Butterfly Garden at the end of our tour. While the other exhibits were recreations of habitats made to look real, the Butterfly Garden was a recreation that was real, which made the experience that much more beautiful and meaningful. The exhibit was in a circular shape, which made it feel even wider and more encompassing than what I first thought. It was rife with vegetation, blooming with flowers in many different types of colors and extra additions like the waterfalls in the small crooks behind the trees. I think this exhibit exemplifies the feeling of seeing nature through an image versus going out and seeing it face to face, as I was able to appreciate a scene with all my senses, which made it all the more memorable.

We saw more birds than butterflies though!

Nature and Ethics

Six Thousand Years in South Florida, the Seminole History exhibit, and the Underwater Exhibit

Drawing upon Leopold's quote, that we should view ourselves as members of the "biotic community", and that we should "love, respect, and admire" the land reminded me of these exhibits. The entire section of the museum dedicated to the history of Native Americans in Florida, particularly the Seminoles, is a depiction of people who learned to live not just on the land, but to live with it, and take care of it even as they were taking from it. Throughout the museum, there were a lot of other exhibits that made me feel awestruck as I entered them, as well as the kids there with us who were on a school field trip. The Underwater Exhibit was very immersive, as the dim lighting and paintings of underwater creatures created a scene for me, where I was able to see and understand what life looks like for these animals. I think it is that awe of nature, being able to see it not just for its beauty, but its depth of life and history, that made the connection that much stronger, and made me even more determined to keep our Earth as green as possible.

Nature and the Human Spirit

The Hammock Forest

The Natural History museum, like I said before, had so many exhibits going through so many habitats and environments that we can find right here in South Florida and beyond, and all of them tried their best to recreate what we might see if we venture just a little bit off the road in to nature. It gave me a taste of what I could be seeing, and that made me want to go out and see all of these with my own eyes and my own body. Walking through these habitats made me appreciate where I live and what life is like outside of the concrete world that we live in, and helped me reflect on what I knew and what I was missing about the beauty of the world around me.

I found another one!

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