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Florida Gulf Coast University 'Wings of Hope' Program


“Building bridges of hope for wildlife and the natural world
with education, research and awareness.” 

The “Wings of Hope” program is an integral part of the FGCU Environmental Humanities curriculum and service learning requirement. University students are introduced to native Southwest Florida wildlife, their habitats, and water conservation. They bring this knowledge to students in 4th & 5th grade with science-based environmental education programs. Elementary school students are bussed to FGCU for the program - both public and private schools in Collier and Lee Counties.Wings of Hope

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                   Wekiwa Elementary                                         Heathrow Elementary

Introducing the 'Wings of Hope' Bear Brigade!
May 20, 2015

The Wings of Hope Program is proud to announce the creation of our Bear Brigade Environmental Education Program! Like the Panther Posse Program, the Bear Brigade was created, and is directed, by Ricky Pires. This program will target fourth grades in Orlando and will connect with the Panther Posse students here in Collier and Lee County.  The Bear Brigade will begin in the fall of 2015, four target schools will be used to launch this program and the focus will be on the Florida Black Bear. Wings of Hope will be partnering with FWC, Wekiwa Springs State Park and the University of Central Florida.  In the photo above is Biologist Dr. Dan Smith of UCF, who is supplying us with the latest bear research, posing with some of our fourth grade elementary school teachers of Orlando! For more information about the Bear Brigade, click Here.


Saving Pennies for Panthers!
May 12, 2015

As the 2014-2015 school year is nearing its end for both collier and lee county grade school students, our Panther Posse fourth and fifth graders have went above and beyond in raising money and saving their pennies for panthers for the FGCU Wings of Hope Program. These funds are now being used to purchase a new infrared motion camera to capture pictures of our endangered Florida Panther, as well as, other critters that also call Florida habitats home. This includes, Florida Black Bears and more elusive animals such as the Grey Fox and Coyote. We are so thankful to our Panther Posse students for taking initiative and helping the success and perpetuation of our program for future generations. Together we will help save the Florida Panther and its habitat!