It was suggested in class that as we continue, our society has advocated for more structured and controlled “nature” in our cities and around our homes. No more is the wild unprotected wilderness available for our young to touch, feel, get lost in, smell, get ticks in, chase rabbits in, and explore between trees. So how does one interact with life? Are our manicured shrubs and particular flowers enough for our children? Will they even know how to interact with wild life when they’ve been raised in a world of restraint?
The same holds true with zoos and museums. Life animals behind glass and stuffed animals appearing to look real are nice, but cant fully substitute the real thing. Should we push for more live animal exhibits for children to feel, touch, and experience live animals, despite the possible danger of a snake bite or frightening nature of a tarantula? I vote yes.