The second floor highlights the cultural richness of the Reserve. A large topographic map on the wall depicts prehistoric and historic sites, a storytelling booth recounts memories of pioneer settlers, and a tribute to the Children's Column on Henderson Creek tells the story of how Rookery Bay was saved from development in the 1960's. There's even a "Today and the Future" area that provides an overview of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and sea level rise, and how they might affect various forms of life in southwest Florida. The exhibits includes an interactive guessing game dispelling myths about climate change, a touchscreen carbon calculator which gives people an opportunity to see how their personal choices measure up on an international standard, and a demonstration of ways people can make a difference in their homes and daily lives.
More than 5,000 square feet of the world-class exhibits were designed by Chermayeff & Geismar Inc. (C&G) of New York City. Jan Spoerri & Company (JS&C), an East Hampton, New York nature diorama and hands-on exhibition firm, led the fabrication team. The team also included David L. Manwarren Corporation, a Southern California aquarium specialist and Magian, an interactive media programming firm from Australia.