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

The Lovers Key 11th Annual Turtle Trot attracted 522 runners, joggers and walkers of all ages

This year 522 participants ran and walked the 5k trail course through a shady maritime hammock ecosystem on a hard-packed shell path, up from 430 last year. The course ended on the beach sand of the Gulf of Mexico. Refreshments were served and awards were presented at the pavilion overlooking the beach.

Maribeth Richards ran the race. Here's what she had to say when she finished:

"I loved running this race course, especially the shady portion of the trail. I loved finishing on the beach, where after the race I jumped in the Gulf to cool off!"

The results of the race are as follows:
First Overall, Joanna Citarella (F) and Arye Beck (M).
First Masters, Beth Schadd (F) and Greg Pelican (M).
First Grandmaster, Maureen O'Higgins (F) and Sammy Mapes (M).
First Senior Grandmaster, Marilyn Duarte (F) and Craig Harrington (M).

See more Turtle Trot photos by Amie Sanders on the Events page!

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FOLKS 1st Annual Nautical Flea Market and Boat Show

Exhibitors, boat dealers, and over 3,500 attendees add up to a great success!

Nautical Flea Market

FOLKS and the Bonita Springs Rotary Club partnered for their 1st Annual Lovers Key Nautical Flea Market and Boat Show at Lovers Key State Park on March 18-20. Six boat dealers and over 50 nautical themed exhibitors displayed their merchandise to well over 3,500 attendees. This event was a great success and will be repeated again next season.

FOLKS 7th Annual Valentines Day Vow Renewal

79 couples said, "I do!" again.

Valentines Vows Renewal

On a beautiful Valentines Day Sunday, 79 couples renewed their vows on the beach, in 2 separate ceremonies at the park. Afterward, champagne and a lovely buffet were served under the gazebo. Proceeds from the event add to our Environmental Education Center Fund.

The Friends of Lovers Key Love'n to Cook Cookbooks are here.

Purchase two – one for a friend, one for you!

Cookbook

The Friends of Lovers Key Love'n to Cook Cookbook is now available for purchase. Packed with delicious and inventive recipes from our members, this is a cookbook that's sure to inspire compliments. Only $15 for 200 pages of recipes. Call Flo at 630-542-2435 or Judy at 708-359-0466. All proceeds benefit the programs of FOLKS.

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In the Media: Summer's great at Lovers Key

Laura Tichy-Smith, Special to Coastal Life, news-press.com, August 1, 2015

Lovers Key from above

"Many moods, one park: Lovers Key," does a splendid job of sharing all the reasons to visit Lovers Key all year round, especially in the summer when wildlife is more numerous. Wildlife watchers can visit early to meet the parks resident gopher tortoise, shorebirds, and sealife.

Read full article on-line >>

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In the Spotlight: Why the Piping Plover is in Danger

By Susan Suarez, FOLKS correspondent to Spotlight News

piping plover

Read all about the charm of the Piping Plovers, when you can see them on Lovers Key, and how developmental pressures are impacting their numbers. Fortunately, we can offer them safe haven on the Lovers Key State Park beaches for their wintering grounds.

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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

Beginning Butterflies
Join a park naturalist for a talk on the butterflies of Lovers Key State Park. Topics will touch on differences between moths and butterflies, butterfly development, plants that support butterflies, netting techniques, tagging and more. Bring your camera to capture a picture of these beautiful creatures. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.
Tuesday, May 24 and
Thursday, June 23

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.
Friday, May 27 and
Friday, June 10

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. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

Beach Walk and Estuary Tour
Take a leisurely one-mile walk over the estuary and along the beach with a park naturalist. Find out what washes ashore on the beach during the night and learn about coastal wildlife. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

Beginning Photography at Lovers Key
Join a park naturalist for a photogenic tour of the different habitats of Lovers Key. Bring your camera to learn where the best places are to snap that perfect photo, and learn about the plants and animals that make this ecosystem home. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

Junior Ranger Program: Animal Tracks!
Join a Park Ranger to discover the exciting world of animal tracks. Learn about what animals live in the park and make which tracks. Then go on a short adventure hike to look for animal tracks from the park’s wildlife. Participants will be able make their own animal tracks to take home using molds and plaster. After the program, participants can begin their journey to become a Florida State Park Junior Ranger through fun self-led activities. This program is appropriate for children ages 6 and up. 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. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

Sensational Sharks Talk
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.

Beginning Birding
Explore the prime birding areas of Lovers Key State Park with a park ranger. Learn how to identify the birds you see and where to go in the park for great birding. A limited number of binoculars will be provided. 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.

Season Finale – March 15, 2016

Songwriters at Sunset Concert

An intimate experience with local ACMA artists sharing their original Americana/Acoustic songs and background stories. The concert, at the Gazebo, is free with paid admission to the park. Beer, wine and snacks will be available by donation. Proceeds will benefit FOLKS.

More Information >

March 19 & 20, 2016

Nautical Flea Market & Boat Show

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs and the Friends of Lovers Key are working to bring you the Lovers Key Nautical Flea Market & Boat Show.

Visit the boat show website»

May 14, 2016 at 8:00 AM

11th Annual Turtle Trot

This unique 5k trail course takes runners through a shady maritime hammock ecosystem, and ends at the pavilion over looking the beach where refreshments are served and awards are presented.
Sponsorship Opportunities are now available. Contact Shelley-Sue Williams at consultssw@aol.com or 516-381-3518.

See who won last year, and meet our sponsors >

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.

Environmental Education Center

FOLKS has made its primary focus the development and eventual construction of an environmental education 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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