Wings of Hope

Image of Florida Wildlife drawn by Linda BaroneBuilding bridges of hope for 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.

Panther Posse

On Campus Programs

FGCU’s “Florida Panther Posse” program focus 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 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 classroom 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.

NPR story link

Director Ricky Pires with students

Kids with stuffed animals

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. EmailRicky Piresto 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