Friends of Lovers Key State Park

Together, we protect, preserve and support Lovers Key State Park

 

Events You'll Love at Lovers Key

Lovers Key State Park Interpretative Programs


Estuary Wading Trip
Join a Park Naturalist to learn about the marine species that make the estuary and barrier island environments unique, and explore sea grass flats. Seahorses, shrimp, young fish, and egg casings of all sorts inhabit the grasses, which attract larger fish, mollusks and crustaceans, and manatees, dolphins and rays. Guests will get wet as they venture into the estuary. The Estuary Wading Trip is sponsored by the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP). Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

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.

Sensational Sharks!
Friday, January 27 at 10:00 a.m. Join a Park naturalist for an interesting and fun talk about Sharks. Discover why sharks are often feared, but are an incredible group of animals which are commonly misunderstood. Explore why they’re important and how you can help protect them. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

Beginning Birding
Explore the prime birding areas of Lovers Key State Park with a park naturalist. Learn how to identify the birds you see and where to go in the park for great birding. A limited number of binoculars will be provided. Call 239-463-4588.

Florida Manatee Talk
Join a park ranger for an interesting and informative talk about the Florida Manatee. Learn about Florida’s gentle giants and the threats they face. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

Sea Turtle Talk
Join a park ranger to learn about the fascinating life of the marine turtles that visit Lovers Key each summer. Learn about their nesting behavior and find out what you can do to help protect them. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

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.

Please note: Due to limited space, reservations are usually required. Call 239-463-4588.

 

"I invite you to come out and enjoy your beautiful park and consider being our Friend."

Gloria Beauchamp, Former Park Manager

For Friends of Lovers Key Members Only


Membership has its benefits.

As a member of the Friends of Lovers Key, you'll be invited to our "Members Only" events, and be admitted to the park for free 12 times a year. There are several membership levels to fit your budget. Please join now.

Become a Member

April 12, 2017 – 1:00PM - 2:00PM

Saving Sea Turtles

Join us for this engaging and informative multimedia presentation about the sea turtles that nest along Florida's coast. Eve Haverfield, President of Turtle Time, Inc. will present. Members are encouraged to bring a friend. Light refreshments will be served after the presentation.

Eve Haverfield founded Turtle Time, Inc. 27 years ago. She has been involved in saving sea turtles in Lee County for 37 years. Turtle Time, Inc. is  a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the continued survival of Loggerhead Sea Turtles.

The presentation will be held in the Ranger Shop Conference Room, located just inside the park off of Estero Blvd. Enter the park from Estero Blvd, and take the 2nd gravel road down to the Shop area. The Conference Room is the door to the left of the building.

Reservations are required for this event.
RSVP to Judy Greenwood via email: fjgreenwood@gmail.com or by calling 708-359-0466. Although this is a Members only event, you can join FOLKS at the meeting to attend.
Join the FOLKS now.

Fundraising Events for Lovers Key

Throughout the year the Friends of Lovers Key sponsor events to help raise the funds that are critical to augmenting the State Park budget and completing projects such as the design and construction of the Lovers Key Visitor Center.

Please take part in our special events. You'll have a wonderful time, learn alot about our natural heritage, meet great people, and, best of all, help us protect, preserve and support Lovers Key State Park.



Young and old, they came to do the 2016 Turtle Trot through the shady hammock to the beautiful beach at Lovers Key State Park.
Photos by Amie Sanders

  • This year's racers gather at the starting line.

  • Get ready! Get set!

  • And they're off!

  • The character of the Turtle Trot is reflected in the waterways.

  • The character of the Turtle Trot is reflected in the waterways.

  • At the beach pavillion, we await the front runners.

  • The trophies line up for each category, but all are winners.

  • The Overall Champions, Arye Beck and Joanna Citarella, share a smile with the camera.

  • Everyone who finishes is a champion.

  • Part of the fun is the official garb.

  • Friends enjoyed the chance to run together.

  • Friends enjoyed the chance to run together.

  • Certain groups were seriously runners!

  • Free wifi made it easier to share the experience.

Annually in May

Lovers Key Turtle Trot

Participants run and walk the 5K trail course through a shady maritime hammock ecosystem on a hard-packed shell path. The course ends on the beach sand of the Gulf of Mexico. Refreshments are then served and awards presented at the pavilion overlooking the beach.

Maribeth Richards ran the 2016 race. Here's what she had to say when she finished:

"I loved running this race course, especially the shady portion of the trail. I loved finishing on the beach, where after the race I jumped in the Gulf to cool off!"

Check our Turtle Trot event page to see our plans for the 12th Annual, May 13, 2017, and meet our 2016 sponsors!

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 5:30 PM

Songwriters at Sunset final show of the season

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 and end with Lovers Key's fabulous sunset.

The April show will feature Bob Williams, Dan Philgreen, and Keith Parker.

More Information >

March 31 – April 2, 2017

Nautical Flea Market & Boat Show

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs and the Friends of Lovers Key work together again to bring you the Lovers Key Nautical Flea Market & Boat Show.

This great event features exhibitors selling items for the boating and Florida lifestyle. Exhibitors will be selling items for the boating and Florida lifestyle, including nautical arts, crafts, clothing, fishing and cruising equipment, as well as boat dealers.
 
Fitzgerald’s will serve food. Royal Scoop will serve ice cream. The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs will sponsor a Beer Garden.

Visit the Boat Show website for more info. >

May 13, 2017 at 8:00 AM

12th Annual Turtle Trot

Registration is open for the 2017 Turtle Trot!

Here is a flyer with detailed information.

Here is where you register for the race.

This unique 5k trail course takes runners through a shady maritime hammock ecosystem. It ends at the pavilion over looking the beach, where refreshments are served and awards are presented.

“The kayak tour was one of the best things we've ever done together. We learned so much, and experienced birds and sealife up close like never before.”

Visitor from Michigan

 

Park Events and Programs

Monthly, 10:00 am

Lovers Key Fishing Clinic

Join a park naturalist 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. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Check the calendar for specific dates. Reservations are required. Call (239) 463-4588 to reserve your spot.

Monthly, 10:00 am

Estuary Wading Trips

Join Park Naturalists to learn about marine species; seahorses, shrimp, young fish, and egg casings of all sorts inhabit the grasses, which attract larger fish, mollusks and crustaceans, and manatees, dolphins and rays. Guests will get wet as they venture into the estuary. Check the calendar for specific dates. Reservations are required. Call (239) 463-4588 to reserve your spot. 

A special thank you goes to the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP) who sponsors this program.