Lovers Key State Park is one of the most visited State Parks in Florida. Over 300 official talks and tours each year (nearly one a day!) show over 2,000 people more about manatees, butterflies, plant life and sea life. These visitors wade, hike, paddle and fish, and have a wonderful time learning about the outdoors at Lovers Key.
Unfortunately, when the weather is stormy, hot, or cold, educational programs have no retreat at the park – there currently is no indoor space! The FOLKS will solve this problem by raising funds to build a state-of-the-art Visitor Center. Then we can entice the nearly 1 million park visitors to come indoors and learn more about Florida and Lovers Key.
The Visitor Center will be a 3500-sq-ft, one-story elevated building. Inside you'll find exhibit space, a multi-purpose meeting room, a gift shop and office. Outside, the ramp and deck will provide wildlife watching for all. The Center will also feature a fully accessible playground for young visitors.
How we open the door to learning
Tourists and retirees love southwest Florida, its natural beauty, so evident at Lovers Key State Park. Our unique barrier island environment beckons for shelling, swimming, fishing, photography, boating, birding and botanizing. But all this natural beauty is fragile, and we need to inspire our visitors to help protect it.
Florida is now the 3rd most populous state in the USA, and all these people put pressure on the ecosystem. Our Environmental Nature Education Center will focus on protecting the health of our natural communities, which means better health for the human community.
The Capital Campaign Sponsors below are key partners in our ground-breaking work to build the Lovers Key State Park Visitor Center. The Friends of Lovers Key, Inc. – and all the staff, volunteers and visitors who love Lovers Key State Park – thank our Capital Campaign sponsors for their generous support of our fundraising efforts. Each one of them has brought us closer to breaking ground on our dream: The Lovers Key State Park Visitor Center. Your organization can become a Capital Campaign Sponsor. Contact Tim Horvatich at 513 777-9712 or FOLKScampaign@gmail.com to see how.
Thanks to the Martin Foundation for their generous support for the Educational Education Center project.
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The Florida Everblades is Southwest Florida's ECHL franchise, offering premier AA Hockey to Naples, Estero, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs and the surrounding area. The minor league ice hockey team based in Estero, Florida, is affiliated with the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL and the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL. Their home arena is Germain Arena.
The Visitor Center will provide answers to the mysteries of Lovers Key's sea shells.