The Friends of Lovers Key are in the midst of the largest capital campaign to date to finance the completion of the highly anticipated Welcome and Discovery Center!
With over 1,000,000 visitors each year, Lovers Key State Park is the second most visited of the 174 Florida State Parks. Each year, the park offers 50+ interpretive talks and tours. FOLKS is helping to expand the Park's offerings to the community through a state-of-the-art 4,000-square-foot facility. This facility will house exhibits featuring the unique variety of ecosystems on our beautiful barrier islands. There will be space to conduct classes, lectures, special events, fundraisers, community programs, will have a bookstore and so much more.
As you may have seen in the media, the Florida Legislature with the Governor's approval has granted the Park Service the funds necessary to make this dream a reality! Design of the new building is now underway and FOLKS is staying closely involved in the process.
Our task is to raise $1.3 million to augment the $4 million building budget given to the Park by the state of Florida. These funds will be directed to interior exhibits and other necessary enhancements to the space.
The Welcome and Discovery Center will be a 4000-sq-ft, one-story elevated building. Inside you'll find exhibit space, a multi-purpose meeting room, a book store and office. Outside, the ramp and deck will provide wildlife watching for all.
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 Welcome and Discovery 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 Welcome and Discovery 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 Welcome and Discovery 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 Welcome and Discovery Center project.
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The Welcome and Discovery Center will provide answers to the mysteries of Lovers Key's sea shells.