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.
Special awards were given to the volunteer of the year, and state park staff member of the year.
Originally from Clinton, Illinois, Jack split time between his hometown and Florida for 12 years; he now lives full time in S. Fort Myers. Eleven years ago Jack saw an article in the paper seeking park volunteers — he has committed one day a week (during season) to Lovers Key State Park ever since. His expertise as a general handyman on maintenance projects has proved invaluable to the park staff. Once Pamela Jones-Morton, Ph.D. enticed Jack to join FOLKS, he served first as a Director, and then as Treasurer during the launch of the Capital Campaign. Jack earned a reputation for keeping the books with a keen eye on finances.
Jack was nominated by FOLKS Board Member, Shelia Armstrong.
"Jack has devoted countless hours organizing and expanding our FOLKS merchandise for our fundraising efforts. He improved our presentation of the shirts, added colors and items based on customer demand (hats, tank tops), and has set up online sales through the website. He sells at the park once or twice a week, at events, and stays until dark when needed. He maintains inventory, and devotes many hours to ordering, folding and bagging shirts. Now he has his wife Judy helping out! Truly an exceptional volunteer, thank you Jack!"
More about Jack. Jack endorses South beach with its great view as his favorite spot in Lovers Key State Park. When it comes to wildlife, Jack favors the manatee, and treasures the memory of viewing a manatee mother with two nursing calves from an overlook.
After two years in the Army, Jack studied Civil Engineering at the University of Missouri in Rolla. He then worked as a Materials Inspector for the State of Illinois Department of Transportation for over 30 years. Fifty-four years ago Jack married his next door neighbor, Judy, 13 years after they first met. They have 2 daughters and 3 granddaughters. In his free time, Jack is researching his family ancestry via the web, and has so far discovered that one branch on the DeLancy family tree is of French origin.
As the Lovers Key State Park Service Specialist, Robert Hughes has many responsibilities including working with park Volunteers, coordinating Special Events, and community outreach.
In his role working with official park volunteers, Robert recruits, interviews, processes, trains and schedules the projects. He maintains the park's volunteer database; he is responsible for recruiting community organizations for special volunteer work days.
Special events within his purview include Great Outdoor Adventure Day, National Public Lands Day, Literacy Day, Global Youth Services Day, and a Coastal Cleanup with the City of Bonita Springs. Robert serves as the liaison for the park with the media and press, attends local events, and represents the park in the community.
More about Robert. Robert is originally from Southern Idaho and has lived in Southwest Florida for 17 years. Robert Joined the Florida Park Service in 2006 as a Park Ranger at Lovers Key State Park. He was promoted to Park Services Specialist in 2016. Robert loves cats, Egyptology, and mountains.
The season finale of the Songwriters at Sunset capped off a musical season of original acoustic music performed by members of the Americana Community Music Association (ACMA). Co-sponsored by FOLKS and the ACMA, the six concerts for the 2016/2017 Season entertained over 1,500 listeners from the gazebo stage right on the beach. Most of these listeners had never visited Lovers Key State Park before. Mark your calendar for next year's season which will begin in November and run through April, on the First Thursday of every month
Over 100 guests enjoyed a lovely evening socializing at Reggae and Ribs on Friday, March 24. The Dock Boys provided entertainment, and delicious BBQ was served by Texas Tony's. Photo by Shelley-Sue Williams.
The ocean and gulls provided background music for the occasion, and Love was in the air on the beach at Lovers Key State Park. Couples were young and old, from newly married to past their golden anniversary. This hallmark FOLKS event is so popular that two must be scheduled to meet demand – one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
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!
Robert Steiger is no stranger to Lovers Key State Park. Before his homecoming in 2016, 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.
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."
Please visit our Events page for complete information and our event calendar.
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.
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.
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.