Inspired by Nature - Why Preservation Matters in Our Modern World

2022 NACo Achievement Award Winner

San Bernardino County, Calif., CA

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About the Program

Category: Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation (Best in Category)

Year: 2022

“Inspired by Nature – Why Preservation Matters in Our Modern World,” opened at the San Bernardino County Museum in August 2021. The exhibit invites visitors to explore the variety and beauty in nature and learn how humans have been inspired by the natural world to innovate and create. It was important to further the narrative on the rich biodiversity of San Bernardino County by highlighting how the natural world has inspired the world we have constructed for ourselves. The updated exhibit spaces feature mounted birds, eggs, wet collections, insects and herbariums. Along with new imagery and video components, these new additions create a highly immersive and exciting museum experience. The exhibit is organized into: Birds of Our Region – highlighting local species and their eggs, as well as telling the story of their morphological adaptations; Biomimicry Inspired by Nature – demonstrating the substantial role nature has had in our evolution and advancements; Caring for Collections – emphasizing the significance of museums and the objects they hold as well as their contributions to science and their real world applications. The objectives of the exhibit are to provide a deeper understanding of the roles nature has had in the areas of technology, medicine, agriculture, and more, while at the same time acknowledging the worthiness and necessity of museum collections. Inspired by Nature provides a space for learning and investigation. The exhibit furthers the understanding of the reciprocal relationship we have with nature through scientific inquiry and exploration.

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