Good Life Nature Activity at FLMNH By: Jamie Bauman

One exhibit that was particularly appealing to me was the butterflies outside. This is the most appealing to me because I got to be very up close with the butterflies which was a very cool experience. I was able to interact with them and see them in their natural habitat. The design of this exhibit was appealing because it was set up to cater to the butterflies so they can live and thrive there. This exhibit captured my attention because I was so close to the butterflies and it felt like I was actually part of the experience. I learned about the natural world of butterflies through this experience. They were flying freely around the exhibit and if they weren't flying they were just sitting either on fruit, minding their own business or sleeping. I learned all of this at the museum and I probably would not have understood this through another medium. I found this to be really enjoyable because I was able to be so close to the butterflies and see how they live. So many of the butterflies flew very close to me and I really enjoyed this. I also really liked seeing the different colors of all of the butterflies and how beautiful they were.

Nature on Display
Nature on Display

The Natural History Museum provided me with the opportunity to experience nature in the way Leopold recommends by allowing me to interact with the butterflies. I was able to view myself as a member of the "biotic community" by walking through the butterfly exhibit and observing the butterflies in their natural habitats. I also appreciated everything that I saw just as Leopold said people need to do. I felt excited to see the way butterflies acted in nature and around people. I sensed a calmness in the museum because everyone was being on the quiet side for the butterflies. As I went through the museum I felt very intrigued because I did not know so many of the things I learned about butterflies and natural history before I was there. I was very interested in seeing and learning about the butterflies. Other people reacted in similar ways as me and were very intrigued and excited about the museum and what it entailed. The Natural History Museum allowed visitors of the museum to connect with nature by allowing us to be in the same space as the butterflies and where they were living. My experience in the museum instilled in me an ethical responsibility to nature as Leopold imagines by opening my eyes to how beautiful the butterflies are, how they live, and allowing me to be their presence.

Nature and Ethics
Nature and Ethics

The Natural History Museum helps us to step out of our ordinary lives by introducing us to the natural lives of butterflies and other animals in history. It helps us to better understand who we are because we are able to see how other animals live and act around us and we can compare ourselves to these animals and see how we differ. This helps us to understand more of how we are. It also helps us understand the mystery and majesty of the world because we were able to see information about the DNA of butterflies which is obviously different from the DNA of humans. When we find out all of this information about butterflies and other animals, we are able to better understand why some aspects of life are the way they are and to better understand the mystery of the world. I was able able to learn about climate change and conserving energy and this opened up my eyes to the world. I did not realize how much people could be doing to reduce the use of energy and help the climate. This also helped me to better understand the mystery of the world.

Nature and the Human Spirit
Nature and the Human Spirit
Nature and the Human Spirit
Nature and the Human Spirit

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