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Voronezh State Reserve
Ph.D. Igor Ivanovich Vorobyov
The Museum of Nature
The Museum of Nature is the central object of the tourist infrastructure of the reserve. It welcomes guests going to eco-trails. Tourist groups and delegations of conferences held at the Voronezh Reserve visit it before all the other attractions.
Instead of presenting boring facts, we concentrated on presenting the philosophy of Usmansky pine forest. The museum stimulates new ways of thinking, teaches to see patterns in nature, chains of causes and effects. After visiting the museum, the guests will look at the forest in a whole new way – they will see what they have not noticed in it before. This will make the further study of nature more fascinating and conscious.
«What, where and when» are the wrong questions, «Why and how» are the right ones
Making the exhibition, we constantly asked ourselves: “Why did Usmansky pine forest become what it is now? Why are some species accustomed here and others not? ”. We addressed this question to scientific consultants, studied scientific and popular science sources, creating a solid scientific and educational material.
Everything is interconnected!
Usmansky pine forest is like a living creature, born from sandy-clay soils, growing and changing for thousands of years – solid and indivisible. The exposition uses a holistic approach which is expressed through the relationship between everything and everyone – soils, biotopes, landscapes.
When the glacier retreated, the forest was born
There is an interactive model of Usmansky pine forest in the center of the hall. It shows how the forest was developing among the black-earth steppes from the Ice Age to the present day. How was nature developing before the appearance of man and after that? How did the creation of the reserve influence it?