Created by Smithsonian Gardens, together with partners from across the Smithsonian, the Habitat exhibition explores the stories and science of habitats, and the plants, animals, and humans that call them home.
Smithsonian Gardens, together with partners from across the Smithsonian, the Habitat exhibition explores the stories and science of habitats, and the plants, animals, and humans that call them home. The exhibition examines the critical need for diverse habitats, how interconnected and fragile habitats are, and what we can do to protect them.
The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum invites visitors to explore the uniqueness and importance of the natural environment in the exhibition “Habitat.” Thematic section explores the central idea “protecting habitats protects life” through the lens of the environment where it is displayed.
Habitats provide homes for all living things, from the tiniest ant to the tallest tree. Plants, animals and other organisms have adapted to each other and their habitats over time, creating a delicate ecological balance. This balance faces many threats, including pollution, deforestation and climate change, but humans can protect habitats for the future by learning to be better stewards of the environment.
The exhibit invites visitors to learn more about topics related to habitats, their importance to life and what people can do to help preserve them. Sections on topics such as fungi, dead wood, nests and insects explore the critical role that many organisms play in creating and sustaining habitats, and how people can best protect them.
“Habitat” also explores different ecosystems and how scientists study them. For example, Biomes: Life in the Balance features different biomes found in North America and how scientists at the Smithsonian are studying disruptions to the balance of these ecosystems; Sign of the Dragonfly examines how conservationists study indicator species, like dragonflies, to determine the health of an ecosystem.