Good Life Nature Activity By Jacob FEtner

Nature on Display

The exhibit with the different sized mouths of sharks immediately caught my eye, and given the size of the display, I'm sure many of the kids in the museum were also enamored by this display. Growing up I would often go to the beach and find sharks teeth, and seeing this display amazed me as the biggest sharks tooth that I have ever found are probably smaller than the smallest tooth of the shark in the picture behind me. The evolution of animals including humans really interests me, so when I saw this display, I had to stop and take it in. This display started off with a great white shark's mouth, and as you look to the right each shark is larger and larger, yet the great white shark is the only shark on display that is not extinct. I learned that even the largest animals in nature can still become extinct, and the display really does a great job of showing you that. I loved that the museum was able to display how much humans and animals/nature are really connected by displaying how native tribes and others have used nature for designs of clothing and as food.

Nature and Ethics
Nature and Ethics

This display really caught my eyes because it shows how much humans play a role in the fate of nature. When building new buildings, we must take into account all of the species of animals that may be native to that territory. The museum shows us the beauty of nature by displaying hundreds of beautiful butterflies and other animals, while allowing us to enjoy their sheer beauty by watching the butterflies roam outside. By being able to see the live butterflies and awesome plants, I was truly able to appreciate and admire the nature in the way that Leopold recommends. As i went through the museum, I was able to just focus on nature such as exotic plants and animals instead of school work which really made me feel a connection to the history of our planet. Many of the kids in the museum really enjoyed watching the butterflies outside and looked with amazement at the different colors of the butterflies, which I once did when I toured the museum when I was 5 years old. The museum allows visitors to appreciate nature by going outside to see live butterflies while elaborating on the history of butterflies and other aspects of nature inside. The display I have in this picture really showed me that we have an ethical responsibility to take care of nature which in turn contributes to helping us.

Nature and the Human Spirit

This display helps to show the complexity of nature. I am pictured with a huge insect eating plant. The museum allows us to look at the exoticness of nature, while we don't have to focus on work and school. I would never think about plants this big and complex if I didn't go to the museum and instead focused on my math homework. The museum allows us to step into the natural world and appreciate many different aspects of nature. The museum allows us to consider that there are millions of different creatures on Earth at the same time as us, and we should appreciate that we are just small people in a huge world. There are plants and animals that range in all sizes that I would not have gotten to appreciate thoroughly without going to the museum.

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