Based on Florida Gulf Coast University's Panther Posse, Cougar Posse began fulfilling its mission in Jackson Hole in the spring of 2012.
The Cougar Fund has created Cougar Posse with the help of our partners Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and Craighead Beringia South (a non-profit research organization currently studying cougars in Jackson Hole).
Cougar Posse follows the curriculum of FGCU’s highly successful Panther Posse program in the context of western habitat.
The program teaches fourth grade children about cougars and their importance in the ecosystem, kittens, research, water conservation, natural history, and the other wildlife that share the cougar’s habitat using science, math, spelling, and music, and requires each student to educate two others.
The students spend a half-day in "the classroom" at the base camp of City Kids Wilderness Project- the Broken Arrow Ranch- and another half-day in the field.
The children also collect coins to purchase remote cameras to be used by researchers and the photos from these are shared with the classes.
This program is currently offered at no expense to children in Teton County, Wyoming, and we hope to expand the program to other areas of the United States in and near cougar habitat.
Please contact us for further information.
To read more about the creation of Cougar Posse and the collaboration of Florida Gulf Coast University, The Cougar Fund, and Craighead Beringia South, read this fantastic article in FGCU's Pinnacle magazine!
For more information on Panther Posse please click here: Panther Posse.
Created by Flordia Gulf Coast University, the “Florida Panther Posse Challenge” enhances students’ reading, writing, science, geography, math and research skills. Elementary school children rotate through five different stations where FGCU students teach them about kittens, research, radio collars, infrared cameras, panther signs, wildlife tracks, natural history, and water conservation. The learning process involves hands-on activities, note-taking, and examination of scientific instruments used for research.
For more information please visit Flordia Gulf Coast Universitiy's Wings of Hope website.
This program set the foundation for The Cougar Fund's Cougar Posse.
Photographs are courtsey of Ricky Pires and the Pennies for Panther's fundrasier.