Friends of Lovers Key State Park

Together, we protect, preserve and support Lovers Key State Park

We raise money to help the park obtain much needed equipment, and volunteer our time and skills to help with repairs, remove invasive non-native plants, drive the tram, lead interpretive nature tours, and work the ranger station.

We encourage you to join us in supporting our favorite state park. Get involved by becoming a member, volunteer or donor and bring your friends and family to our special events. Together, we can preserve our Florida coastal legacy and ensure that it is available for future generations.

In the News

Lovers Key State Park Welcomes New Park Manager, Robert Steiger

Robert Steiger is no stranger to Lovers Key State Park. Bob served as Park Manager for both Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park and Lovers Key from 1994 - 1996; the parks were jointly administered at that time. Bob continued on at Delnor-Wiggins after Lovers Key’s 1996 merger with Carl Johnson County Park, at which point it gained operational independence and its own Manager.

Bob's years of experience are particularly relevant to our Park. For example, Bob and his team of rangers and volunteers eradicated nearly all of the invasive plants from Delnor-Wiggins and restored much of the park's native landscape. At Lovers Key he will apply his expertise to removing Australian Pine seedlings, Brazilian Pepper, and Ear Leaf Acacia from the landscape.

As is the case at Lovers Key, Delnor-Wiggins' beautiful beaches have faced being “loved to death.” Bob and his team worked with the community to improve access for visitors while protecting wildlife and habitat, and he'll bring lessons learned to his new position here.

Leadership for the FOLKS is among Bob's new responsibilities, and it is clear that he'll add important insights for protecting, preserving, and supporting the Park.

More About Bob

Bob, a Florida native, was born in St. Petersburg. “Growing up,” Bob said, “I watched developments swell and the dredging going on. I felt a need to protect the resources we had.” Bob adds, "As Park Manager…we’re preserving Florida for future generations. I have a granddaughter who will get to reap the benefits of what we do now."

Bob enjoys meeting people with the same mind set, "people who are environmentally minded," he says. "I love the natural world!”

Early in his life, Bob felt that if he joined the Park Service, he would learn about the nature of Florida. While fishing one day, Bob met two rangers from Hillsborough River State Park who influenced that decision. At that time, 33 years ago in 1983, he started to volunteer at Weeden Island State Preserve. After 12 Park Ranger interviews in various parks around the State, Bob was hired for as a Park Ranger/ Law Enforcement Ranger at Honeymoon Island State Park.

He also spent time as Assistant Park Manager at Tomoka State Park in Ormond Beach, and Anastasia Island State Park in St. Augustine. From there he was promoted to Park Manager at Paynes Creek State Historic Site on the Peace River. He came to the Lee Island Coast as Manager of Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park in 1994.

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FOLKS Give Energy to Lovers Key

Your donations and dues help FOLKS to help the park

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FOLKS recently donated funds to Lovers Key State Park to purchase 14 deep cell golf cart batteries and a riding mower clutch. These much needed items were requested by Matt Kruse, Assistant Park Manager, at our recent FOLKS Board Meeting and unanimously approved. This is one example of how your donations and membership dues can help FOLKS to help the park. Thank you for helping us to help the park!

Songwriters at Sunset Concert Series returns!

Concerts are the first Thursday of each month

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The second season of these popular monthly acoustic concerts has begun.  Local artists perform their original music at the Gazebo on the beach. Like last year, each concert starts about 2 hours before sunset, and there are different musicians each month.

Read more on our Events page >>

New Date for Star Gazing on the Beach with the Everglades Astronomical Society

January 19, 2017, 5:30 PM

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Join us on the beach by the gazebo for an up close look at the night sky! Members from the Everglades Astronomical Society, a group of amateur astronomers, will be on hand with multiple large telescopes to observe the night sky with us on the beach at Lovers Key.

Read more on our Events page >>

The FOLKS Members Annual Meeting Coming next month

Members, mark your calendar for January 24, 2017, 6:30 PM

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The FOLKS Annual Meeting will be held at The Fort Myers Beach Woman's Club. There will be a very interesting presentation from Shy Wolf Sanctuary. This is a Members Only event, but members may bring a friend. Refreshments will be provided. (map)

Read more on our Events page >>

2017 Dates and times set for 3 popular FOLKS events

Valentines Vow Renewal, Nautical Flea Market and Boat Show, and 12th Turtle Trot

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Hot off the presses are the dates and times for these 3 great events!
Valentines Vow Renewal continues to celebrate with twice the fun!
Second Annual Nautical Flea Market and Boat Show is no April fool!
FOLKS 12th Annual Turtle Trot 5K runs (or walks or rides) again!

Read about each event on our Events page >>

 

 

Lovers Key State Park Interpretative Programs


Black Island Bike Tour
Join a park naturalist for a three-mile adventure down our Black Island Trail. Learn a little park history and experience some of the wildlife that call this maritime hammock home. Bring your own bike or rent one from the park.

The Gopher Tortoise talk
Join a park ranger for an interesting and informative talk about the Gopher Tortoise. Learn about this tortoise that lives right here at Lovers Key and the threats they face.

The Art of the Calusa Talk
Join a Park Ranger for an interesting and informative talk about the art of the Calusa, a tribe of Native Americans that ruled this area hundreds of years ago. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

Lovers Key Fishing Clinic
Join park naturalists to learn a variety of tackle and fresh bait rigs, find out the best places to drop a line, and learn about the rules and regulations that pertain to game fishing in Southwest Florida.

Estuary Wading Trip
Join a Park Naturalist to learn about the marine species that make the estuary and barrier island environments unique, and explore sea grass flats. Seahorses, shrimp, young fish, and egg casings of all sorts inhabit the grasses, which attract larger fish, mollusks and crustaceans, and manatees, dolphins and rays. Guests will get wet as they venture into the estuary. The Estuary Wading Trip is sponsored by the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP). Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

Walk on the Wild Side
Take a mile-long guided hike along our Black Island Trail with a park ranger to learn about the fascinating vegetation and wildlife that reside in this maritime hammock.

Sensational Sharks!
Friday, January 27 at 10:00 a.m. Join a Park naturalist for an interesting and fun talk about Sharks. Discover why sharks are often feared, but are an incredible group of animals which are commonly misunderstood. Explore why they’re important and how you can help protect them. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

Please note: Due to limited space, reservations are usually required. Call 239-463-4588.

"This is the place to go for a 'Truly Great Experience.' If you get a chance to visit, you will not have regrets…Kayaking, Fishing, Swimming, Hiking, etc."

Kenneth Petrie

Mark your calendar for upcoming events!

Please visit our Events page for complete information and our event calendar.

New Date!  January 19, 2017, 5:30 PM  New Date!

Star Gazing on the beach with the Everglades Astronomical Society

Join us on the beach by the gazebo for an up close look at the night sky! Members from the Everglades Astronomical Society, a group of amateur astronomers, will be on hand with multiple large telescopes to observe the night sky with us on the beach at Lovers Key. Light refreshments will be served.

Space is limited for this special program. Free for FOLKS members with Park Entry. RSVP to Judy Greenwood email: fjgreenwood@gmail.com or #708-359-0466.
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February 2, 2017

Songwriters at Sunset Concert

An intimate experience with local ACMA artists sharing their original Americana/Acoustic songs and background stories. The concerts at the Gazebo are free with paid admission to the park. The February Concert on February 2 features Boz & Bon and Toni & Scotty from 4:00pm to sunset.

All shows are on the first Thursday of each month and start 2 hours before sunset. Dates and times are: , Jan. 5 – 3:45pm, Feb. 2 – 4:00pm, March 2 – 4:30pm, April 6 – 5:30pm

Park entry fees are $8.00 for vehicles with 2-8 people, $4.00 for single person in vehicle. There is no extra charge for the concerts. More Information >

January 24, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

2017 Annual FOLKS Members Meeting

Our 2017 Annual Meeting FOLKS Annual Meeting will be held at Fort Myers Beach Woman's Club.  There will be a presentation from Shy Wolf Sanctuary. Although this event will feature FOLKS business, we encourage all to attend. You'll have a change to meet the new park manager and provide feedback to park staff and FOLKS on the park and its activities. Refreshments will be provided.

Shy Wolf Sanctuary, Education and Experience Center provides sanctuary and care for dozens of rescued wild and captive-bred exotic animals, specializing in wolves. Over 60 animals – wolves, wolf dogs, big cats, and more – are permanent residents at the 2.5 acre sanctuary in Naples, and Shy Wolf also works to place rescued wolfdogs in appropriate foster homes.  Join us to learn how Shy Wolf is making a difference not only for these animals, but in our community.

Join the FOLKS now.

Lovers Key State Park is a focal point for the Community. The park provides not only natural beauty, Florida's trademark seashells, and a home for wildlife, but the best in outdoor recreation for visitors and residents.

Visitor Center

FOLKS has made its primary focus the development and eventual construction of a Visitor Center for the park. The purpose of the center will be to help visitors to the park learn about and appreciate the marvelous gem we have here at Lovers Key State Park.

See how you can help

The Friends of Lovers Key help create opportunities to learn, have fun, and give back to the Park. Whether your gift is financial, time or talent, the FOLKs want you as a member.

Volunteer

You too can be a volunteer! Many members of the Friends of Lovers Key State Park are also official State Park Volunteers, which give them a perfect excuse to spend more time at the park they love.

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Take the Volunteer Interest Survey!