Ricky Pires Director,
“Wings of Hope” Program
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.
The “Wings of Hope” program focuses on bringing back a sense of place within our family, community, and the natural world. Working with small groups (one on one) promotes and enhances self-esteem and confidence in the student’s abilities, and assists them in better understanding and respecting our natural world. After the programs are completed, the college and young students continue their mission of environmental awareness by educating their families, friends, and the community with their knowledge.