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Wings of Hope

Wings of Hope



  Ricky Pires and Jeb Bush

FGCU "Wings of Hope" Program Awards

  • FGCU Alumna of Distinction 2010-- Ricky Pires, Director and Creator of the "Wings of Hope" Environmental Education Program
  • SWFCEE (Southwest Florida Council for Environmental Education) 2002 Hammy Award for the “Florida Panther Posse” and the “Wings of Hope” program as the most outstanding environmental program for the year. ..
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Award since 2000 for the “Florida Panther Posse” program.
  • Disney’s Conservation Challenge (2003) First place award in Southwest Florida for “Florida Panther Posse” program.
  • Recognized and awarded by the Lee County Commissioners; Florida Senator Burt Saunders; and Governor Jeb Bush.
  • “Wings of Hope” program was a partnership with a special event and appearance by Dr. Jane Goodall for a “Reason for Hope” Celebration (2001).
  • Melanie the Manatee Award for innovative water resource educational programs, recognized by South Florida Management District/Big Cypress Basin.
  • Florida Wildlife Federation Conservation Educator of the Year 2006 – Awarded to Director Ricky Pires
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Department of the Interior Regional Director's Honor Award presented to Ricky Pires in Recognition of Outstanding Volunteer Service.