Recently I went to the field museum to enjoy their traveling exhibit: Underground Adventure. This exhibit “shrinks” you down to 1/100th of your size and allows you to explore their soils microlab. It was amazing to see big bluestem seeds the size of your face and a giant mole cricket digging through the soil. The exhibit talked about soil structure and the importance of having pores within the soil.
This Monsanto sponsored exhibit was amazing, and I was nerding out the entire time (Because who hasn’t wanted to walk through the soil as a microorganism?). After you finish walking through their soils micro lab, you are “unshrunk” back to your normal size and are led to a more typical museum exhibit about the importance of soils and how it is one of the most valuable resources on earth. Although many of the children there were bored with this part of the exhibit, I actually thought it was the most valuable part of it. Not only were there displays on soils basics such as structure, particle size and organisms, but there were also displays on the use and abuse of soil around the world. This exhibit showed everyone who experienced it the importance of soil, and how we should take care of this vitally important resource.
I highly recommend this exhibit and the field museum in general to everyone. If you’re a science nerd like me, the Hall of Conservation and Evolving Planet are especially cool. and attending the Underground Adventure is a definite necessity