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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Florida Everblades Recognize Parks

Support Lovers Key Dec. 10!

The FOLKS will host a table at “Recognize the Parks Night" during the  Everblades game at the Germain Arena on December 10. Come on out and support FOLKS!

 


Show your Love for Lovers Key!

Proceeds from FOLKS merchandise go to the development and construction of the Visitor Center.

Pink Ladies Tee

Did you know you can now purchase Lovers Key T-shirts and ladies Tank Tops on our on-line store for only $17 each, plus tax? Ladies Tank Tops are side seamed and contoured, 5.4 oz 100% cotton, and come in 4 colors. T-shirts are heavyweight, 6.1 oz 100% cotton, and come in 5 colors. All are available in four popular sizes - M, L, X-L, and XX-L at our website.

Lovers Key 11th Annual Turtle Trot

522 runners, joggers and walkers of all ages participated.

Nautical Flea Market

522 participants ran and walked the 5k trail course through a shady maritime hammock ecosystem on a hard-packed shell path, up from 430 in 2015. 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.

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, 2016. 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.

 

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. All proceeds benefit the programs of FOLKS.

Purchase yours in our new online store.

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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.

Read full article >>

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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.

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.

The American Alligator talk
Join a park ranger for an interesting and informative talk about the American Alligator. Learn about these fascinating reptiles that live right here at Lovers Key!

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.

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.

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.

December 19, 2016

Santa on the Sand at Lovers Key State Park

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: fjgreenwood@gmail.com

January 5, 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 first Concert on January 5 features Alan Bradford, Dave Clayton, and Bill Veach, and runs from 3:45pm 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 Members Meeting

Our 2016 Annual Meeting FOLKS Annual Meeting will be held at the Gazebo on the beach at Lovers Key State Park. There will be a presentation from Shy Wolf Sanctuary. This is a Members only event, but feel free to bring a friend. 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.

Find Out More

Take the Volunteer Interest Survey!