Ricky Pires Director,
“Wings of Hope” Program
The FGCU "Wings of Hope" Environmental Education Program connects with Collier & Lee County elementary school art teachers to help paint their favorite CREW species on a rock after their 4th & 5th grade students (Florida Panther Posse) hike at CREW. The Program Director, Ricky Pires then takes the rocks to CREW and places them in a designated area near the CREW Tower. The students are encouraged to venture back to CREW with their families to checkout their special rock and educate their families about panther research, wildlife, plants, and habitats they experienced during their CREW Hiking Adventure. The students are guided on the trail by FGCU "Wings of Hope" staff and Environmental Humanities students throughout the FGCU Spring semester.
Directions to CREW: From I-75, take Exit 123 (Corkscrew Road), go east on Corkscrew Road about 18 miles, entrance is on your right. Or take Exit 138 (S.R. 82) go east about 20 miles, turn right on C.R. 850, entrance is about 2 miles on your left.
Nature Rocks at CREW Sara Mayo and daughter Emily placing her rock at CREW