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Georgia Journal of Science

Abstract

An examination of the literature on recreational learning at exhibition centers such as aquariums, botanical gardens, museums and zoos indicates the importance of providing learning experiences that cor­respond to the learning style of visitors. In particular, it is important to note that visitors to such institutions have changed; visitors of the 21st Century are active learners, preferring active involvement in lieu of passive experiences. In contrast to the conventional model whereby visitors receive information in a didactic, curator-centered format, the modern recreational learner desires an environment in which they are actively involved in the learning experience. The Flint RiverQuarium successfully promotes knowledge about water conservation and aquatic wildlife in Georgia because exhibit displays, visitor activities, and even the building that houses the exhibits have been designed to accommodate the learning styles of today's recreational learner.

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