Good Life Nature Activity at FLMNH By: melanie Veramendi

The Butterfly Rain forest exhibit entrance, an image of butterflies, and one of my friend and I inside the exhibit.

My favorite exhibit found at the Natural history museum was hands down, the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit. In many ways it is obvious why it is my favorite because, it features real butterflies. However, one of the most appealing aspects of the exhibit is that it featured such a beautiful design. One of the above images showcases this, as to enter the actual exhibit you have to go through a hallway where the ceiling is covered in artificial butterflies. Orange light surrounds the butterflies which truly makes them stand out against the blue ceiling. It is a visually stunning image, and so whimsical that it truly makes you want to follow the butterflies in their path and makes you even more excited for the exhibit. Upon exiting the hallway you are confronted with hundreds upon hundreds of images of butterflies. Some are scientific and feature measurements and diagrams, some feature their skeleton structures, while others simply categorize them. It again serves to incite my interest in the actual exhibit, and I am very excited when I finally enter the butterfly garden. I am in love with its open format, how you can observe the butterflies in their natural habitat while, also learning about them. It is a beautiful way to learn about them, and I find that I retained more information from that, then I ever could from reading a simple passage from a book

Me in front of a frog, the sign of the Frogs exhibit, and a frog in one of the exhibits

As we have entered the modern age, there has been a clear trend of depreciation of nature. Today, there is more activism that wants to re-assert the importance of protecting the planet. However the fact still remains, that a majority of people are uninterested in conservation efforts. This is why, in my opinion, things like Natural History Museums are so important because, they make you engage with nature in ways that you usually cant. A person can read articles about how deforestation is leading to the decline in frogs in nature, and be completely unaffected by it. However, when you enter the Frog exhibit inside the museum, and physically see real life frogs, it changes your perspective. I could see other people truly amazed by the frogs, taking pictures with them, and engaging with others about them. Seeing the frogs excited them, and made them more excited about the exhibit as a whole. People would actually read the infographics that were next to the displays, and care about what the museum was trying to show them. It allowed people to actually immerse themselves with nature, and not feel so detatched to it. I also believe that because of this the museum does instill this feeling of ethical responsibility to nature. I felt a connection to these little frogs and their struggles as a human being, and was reminded of how important it is that I try to help them as much as possible.

The Aquatic exhibit, and a picture of me in front of the Aquatic exhibit

The Natural History museum is truly an imaginative and evocative place. Its exhibits are not radical yet, their placement and beautiful design remind, me of the wonders of the world. The aquatic exhibit that is featured above is perhaps one of the best examples of this. The room is entirely drowned in blue light to mimic the underwater, with huge fish and plants. I loved the wonder this room inspired. Stepping inside of it truly transports you into a different world. The sea is seen as such a common thing now going, to the beach a casual act. This room however, reminded me of how extraordinary the natural world is. How there are so many aspects of life that I have yet to experience, that I still want to experience. It also prompts me to want to be more adventurous to go deep sea diving or hike across the Amazon Rain forest.

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