Wings of Hope

Image of Florida Wildlife drawn by Linda BaroneBuilding Bridges of Hope for the Endangered Florida Panther, Wildlife, and the Natural World With Education, Research, Awareness, and Kindness.

Established in 2000, FGCU’s international “Wings of Hope” is a non-profit organization that connects students through the life of the endangered Florida panther. This nationally and state awarded environmental education program is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Integrated Studies as an integral part of general education and service learning. Programs combine academic standards with STEM learning activities for learners to participate free of charge.

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Panther Posse

On Campus Programs

FGCU’s “Florida Panther Posse” program focuses on teaching students about Florida panthers, wildlife and their habitat.

Students with Compasses at CREW

In Panther Habitat

FGCU's "Hiking Adventure" program leads students through CREW Land and Water Trust hiking trails to connect with the natural world.

Mother panther

Live Online Programs

FGCU's "Planet Posse" program brings the "Florida Panther Posse" to classrooms across the globe through live, online presentations.

In the News

FGCU's  "Wings of Hope" engages with community partners and environmental agencies through various projects, events and programs.

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Director Ricky Pires with students

Instagram Spotlight

    Contact Us

    Wings of Hope

    10501 FGCU Blvd. S.
    Fort Myers, FL 33965

    Director: Mrs. Ricky Pires, 
    Education Coordinator: Ann Godsea
    Department Contact: Travis Garmager | 239-745-4521 

    Support Us

    Giving Today, Protects Tomorrow

    Donations help sustain our free programs and saves endangered FL panthers through education, awareness, research, and kindness. Email Ricky Pires to learn how.

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    Audubon Western Everglades


    Sebastian Positivity Foundation

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    FL Dept. of Transportation

    Naples Zoo
    Panther services
    Seminole Tribe

    School District of Lee County

    Woodward, Pires snf Lombardo P.A.

    The Martin Foundation, Inc

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