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.
Please visit our Events page for complete information and our event calendar.
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. Songwriters at Sunset concert dates are scheduled for Feb 1, Mar 1, and Apr 5, 2018.
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.
New! Come early for a beach BBQ!
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 >
The Friends of Lovers Key (FOLKS) and the Naples Yoga Center (NYC) offer Monday morning yoga at the gazebo at Lovers Key through April. Your participation helps to fund the future Environmental Learning Center, as a portion of the class fee will be donated to the FOLKS.
$10 per class plus park entry fee. Bring a yoga mat, water, and any props you may need. Be sure to give yourself time to park, and take the tram down to the gazebo.
Join the FOLKS for a special “Island” evening on the beach at Lovers Key State Park. Wear your favorite tropical outfit and your dancing shoes as we enjoy the sounds of Johnny Caribe. Feast on a BBQ meal of ribs, chicken, pulled pork catered by Texas Tony’s. Enjoy specialty desserts with an island flavor. All proceeds for the event benefit the future Environmental Learning Center at Lovers Key State Park.
Cost is $50 per person includes park admission, food, dancing and 2 drinks. Cash bar will be available as well. There will be drawings of chance for items from local artists and shops. For additional information or to RSVP Contact Sarah at #513-503-8750 or email@example.com
Our 2018 Annual Meeting FOLKS Annual Meeting will be held at Fort Myers Beach Woman's Club. After the regular business of the Annual Meeting is complete, please join us for an interesting presentation on Shorebirds by Adam DiNuovo.
Adam DiNuovo has been the Shorebird Monitoring and Stewardship Program Manager for Audubon Florida since April 2015. He has worked on seabird and shorebird research projects from coast to coast for the past 17 years. Projects have included American Oystercatchers in South Carolina, Piping Plovers in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and Atlantic Puffins and Arctic Terns in Maine.
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The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs and the Friends of Lovers Key bring you the Lovers Key Nautical Market and Boat Show featuring nautical exhibitors selling arts, crafts, clothing, fishing and cruising equipment, and other items for the boating and Florida lifestyle, as well as boat dealers. Food will be served by Fitzgerald’s, ice cream by Royal Scoop, and there will be a Beer Garden sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs.
Suggested $5.00 donation to enter. Proceeds from the event will benefit Friends of Lovers Key and the Bonita Springs Rotary Club. Visit the boat show website»
Love is always in the air at Lovers Key, but even more so on Valentine’s Day. The ceremony at the Gazebo includes a Champagne Toast, full meal catered by Truly Scrumptious, coffee, desserts, dancing, photo, and more.
This year, couples will have the opportunity to choose either a 10:00am, a 1:00pm, or a 4:00pm ceremony.
Pre-registration for this event is required.
"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."
Some seven years ago the FOLKS Board of Directors shouldered the daunting task of creating an Environmental Learning Center for our Park. It made no sense that the second most visited Park of 174 Parks in the State system did not have a Visitor Center.As you may have seen in the media, the Florida Legislature with the Governor’s approval has granted the Park Service the funds to make this dream a reality! Design of the building is now underway! (See new renderings of the Environmental Learning Center at the FOLKS website.) Budgets are being developed and FOLKS is staying closely involved in the process.
Park visitors will experience a new and exciting range of classes, lectures, special events, fundraisers, community programs in our planned facility. We also plan to incorporate state-of-the-art exhibits that explain the unique variety of the ecosystems featured in our beautiful barrier islands.
There is still much to be done in the days ahead, and we pledge to keep you informed of progress through this letter. For now we wish to thank the many of you who have helped in realizing the dream. It has been the support of friends, certain individuals, community groups, and the efforts of the local governments of Bonita Springs, Estero and Fort Myers Beach that have brought us to where we are today. So stay tuned, there's more exciting news to come! And we will be asking for your continuing support! Thanks.Rich Donnelly, President FOLKS.
The Fort Myers Beach news Island Sand Paper hit the highlights of the FOLKS Birthday Bash in an article titled, "Lovers Key State Park Turns 20!" They quote Pamela Jones-Morton, former president of the Friends of Lovers Key State Park (FOLKS) who provided a brief history: “Go back in your mind over one thousand years,” she instructed, “and close your eyes and just listen,” as waves lapped against the shore, complemented by gentle migratory bird calls just after sunset.
FOLKS member Mark Generales stessed, "... it is the combination of the place and the people, because the park would not exist if it were not for the people saying that this site is too important to be just another beachfront housing development…People are dedicated to Lovers Key State Park, not only because they understand what it needs, but appreciate what it provides us in return.”
Park Manager Robert Steiger told the crowd he feels the park's finest days are just ahead: “This time next year, the new visitor center will be under construction, and that will provide people a better understanding of Southwest Florida’s coastline ecosystem…Remember most visitors and even residents are not native Floridians, so it is crucial they know its history, as one of our missions is education.”
FOLKS is growing and looking to expand our volunteer base for the new season. Volunteers provide a much needed work force, making the park’s state dollars go further. FOLKS is currently looking for volunteers in the following positions- Volunteer Coordinator, Merchandise Manager, Merchandise Sales, Bookkeeper, Event Planners, Staff Writers, Social Media Networking, and Community Relations.
For additional information please contact FOLKS President Rich Donnelly at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www. friendsofloverskey.org
Southwest Florida is home to some of the best winter outings in the nation. An article in The Naples News calls Lovers Key State Park, "one of the most popular beaches in Southwest Florida, regularly showing up on various top 10 beaches lists." The article, titled Get outta' here: Places to get away from the usual holiday grind, names five Real Florida places to visit, saving Lovers Key (the best, we think!) for last.
Many of our friends and members have been wondering how our piece of paradise in Southwest Florida fared through Hurricane Irma. Lovers Key State Park had many trees downed and some buildings that had damage as well. The park was shut down following the storm and reopened on September 27.
Please note: Due to limited space, reservations are usually required. Call 239-463-4588.
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 construction of an Environmental Learning 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.