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Wings of Hope

Wings of Hope

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 Protect the Florida Panther and help elementary school and
college students learn about this endangered species!

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 bused to FGCU for the program - both public and private schools in Collier and Lee Counties.  Our program educates over 4,000 students annually. We have never charged the students to attend!

Your contribution will be used to:

  • Facilitate the participation of university and elementary students in the Florida Panther Posse environmental education program.
  • Assist Schools with school bus transportation to the programs - both the FGCU classroom challenge and the spring hiking program.  
  • Purchase program supplies including science journals, bookmarkers, and classroom curriculum challenge booklets.
  • Purchase and maintain infrared motion cameras used to monitor the endangered Florida Panther, their offspring, and other wildlife for education, research, and awareness purposes. 

Gifts of Hope Contribution Levels:  (All gifts are Tax-Deductible)

  • Black Bear cub (Student)                                            $10.00
  • Wings of Hope/Eagle                                                  $25.00                                  
  • Florida Black Bear                                                       $50.00
  • Florida Panther Kitten                                                 $100.00
  • Florida Panther                                                            $500.00
  • Florida Panther Posse                                                $1000.00 and up

Gift of Hope Options:

  • One-time Gift
  • Recurring Gift
  • Corporate Gift: This donation is on behalf of a company
  • Anonymous Gift
  • Match - Pennies for Panthers: Our elementary students collect pennies to pay for the infrared cameras. 

Ways to give:

  • Visit the FGCU website at and click on the blue box that says “Support FGCU Now”. Select “Donate” and completed the “Other” category for donations, listing Wings of Hope as the designated recipient.

Mail a check payable to “FGCU Wings of Hope Program”:
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Reed Hall 247
Fort Myers, Florida 33865
Attn: Mrs. Ricky Pires/Director

If you are interested in donating to the "Wings of Hope" Panther Posse Program CLICK HERE and designate your donation as Other to assure your donation reaches the appropriate organization.

Donations made through the FGCU Website link above can be made with one of the following credit/debit card types: Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and Discover.

Other ways to help save the endangered Florida Panther:

 Florida Residents, Purchase a CAT TAG!