Natural Resources - Human Imprints

Changes in our land have occurred throughout time and over all of our planet. Natural forces and (more recently) human actions have contributed to these changes. From the agricultural practices of early Native Americans through 19th to 20th century industrialization, we continue through rapidly developing technologies to drastically alter the natural environment. Because of our ability to alter the Earth and reproduce in great numbers, we are unique among living things in being powerful determiners of our local and global environment.

In this space, visitors can view a mix of natural history specimens and historical artifacts that illustrates how human influence changed our landscape. These include stone tools, firearms, agricultural equipment, displayed alongside objects like scrimshaw whale’s teeth, taxidermied birds, and fish models.