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.
A baby manatee, no more than two weeks old, was rescued Wednesday after stranding itself or washing upon the beach at Lovers Key State Park. Read about the rescue and learn fascinating facts about the development of infant sea mammals in this informative article Words and images courtesy of Andrea Stetson.
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: much clean-up work remains to be done following Hurricane Irma's visit, so no interpretative events are currently planned for October. Park staff remain confident, however, that the beloved ranger-led experiences can resume in November. A big thank you goes out to the park staff members and dedicated volunteers who have worked to clean up the beach, the trails, and the butterfly garden and will continue to do so until all is completed.
"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.
Bring your children, grandchildren, and friends for an afternoon of lunch, games and prizes on the beach near the gazebo with Santa. We will be collecting unwrapped toys, which the Rotary Club will distribute to local children. Each child (aged 8 and under) who donates an unwrapped toy will visit with Santa and receive a small gift. Bring your camera or cell phone to take photos! Lunch will be provided for the children, and snacks for adults. Each family in attendance will be given a chance to win a fully decorated Christmas Tree donated by the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs.
Sponsored by the FOLKS and Rotary Club of Bonita Springs, space is limited to 100 children. Please RSVP with Judy Greenwood #708-359-0466 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 first show of the new season will be December 7.
Please allow time to reach the beach. Seating is available in the shaded gazebo for the first 80 people. Additional seating is available on the sand, so bring a beach chair and a few friends.
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 >
Rangers and volunteers will offer guided kayak tours, walking nature tours, bike tours (bike and helmets provided), geo-caching, fishing clinics, and more! Exhibitors will include local environmental organizations, as well as outdoor equipment and healthy lifestyle vendors. Great door prizes will be given away throughout the event. Make sure to check out one of the exciting paddle boarding clinics for kids, beginners, and advanced paddlers!
This community-based event is free with Park Entry. Park entry fees are $8.00 for vehicles with 2-8 people, $4.00 for single person in vehicle, and $2 per pedestrian or bicyclist. Guided Kayak tours will be $10/per person, kayak rental included.
Each year dozens of couples come to Lovers Key State Park to join in a ceremony where they renew vows and celebrate the moment on our beautiful beach.
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.
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.
Proceeds from the race benefit the Friends of Lovers Key, Inc. a volunteer non-profit group that raises money to help protect, preserve and support Lovers Key State Park. Race Packets include an official Lovers Key Turtle Trot 5K T-shirt, official race number, course map, and more.
Registration fee is $35.00 for adults and $25.00 for youth (18 and under) through May 8th, 2018. Day of the race registration is $40 for all entries.
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.