Please note: Due to limited space, reservations are usually required. Call 239-463-4588.
Gloria Beauchamp, Former Park Manager
"I invite you to come out and enjoy your beautiful park and consider being our Friend."
Throughout the year unique presentations are scheduled for members to learn more about the wonders of Lovers Key and interesting Florida topics. More information will be posted on the website and on Facebook as these dates draw near. Be sure to keep checking in!
All of these events are fee for FOLKS members with Park Entry. Why not join now?
Wed, Oct 11, 2017
All About Butterflies
Presenter - Pamela-Jones Morton, PhD.
Wed, Nov 8, 2017
All About Shore Birds
Presenter - Adam Dinuovo
Tues, Jan 23, 2018
Annual Membership Meeting
Join us at the Fort Myers Beach Woman's Club to hear what is happening with the FOLKS and the future Visitors Center. A special guest speaker from the Fort Myers Beach Historical Society will speak about the history of Lovers Key.
Mar 14, 2018 – All about Stingers and Biters
Oct 10, 2018 – All about Manatees
Nov. 14, 2018 – All about the Calusa Indians
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 13th Annual, May 12, 2018.
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 and pre-registration required. Please RSVP with Judy Greenwood #708-359-0466 or email: email@example.com
These intimate concerts feature original Americana/Acoustic songs and background stories performed by members of the Americana Community Music Association (ACMA).
Co-sponsored by FOLKS and the ACMA, the concerts are at the Gazebo and end with Lovers Key's fabulous sunset.
Free with paid admission to the park, they begin in November running through April, on the first Thursday of each month.
Mark your calendar with this season's dates:
Dec. 7, 2017 Jan. 4, 2018
Feb. 1, 2018
March 1, 2018
April 5, 2018
Dec. 6, 2018
Each year dozens of couples come to Lovers Key State Park to join in a ceremony where they renew vows and celebrate the moment on our beautiful beach. Couples can choose either a 10:00am ceremony or a 3:00pm ceremony; both will include a Champagne Toast, full brunch or lunch, coffee, cake and desserts, dancing, socializing, photo, as well as a special gift and door prizes.
Pre-registration for this event is required as it is open to only 40 couples each ceremony, and is expected to sell out. To register, please contact the Event Chair, Judy Greenwood by phone 708-359-0466, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FEES: $100 per couple, non-refundable donation to the Friends of Lovers Key, Inc. (FOLKS).
The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs and the Friends of Lovers Key work together to bring you the Lovers Key Nautical Market & Boat Show.
This great event features exhibitors selling items for the boating and Florida lifestyle. Examples include nautical arts, crafts, clothing, fishing and cruising equipment. Area boat dealers are on hand with boats on display. Enticing snacks, meals and beverages are available from local vendors.
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.
Visitor from Michigan
“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.”
Summer is a great time to experience the great variety of programs and events led by our Park Rangers. Whether you love to be outdoors or prefer to learn indoors, there are numerous options each month. Check the calendar for the dates and start times of activities each month, and make your required reservations early.
Rangers and volunteers will offer guided kayak tours, walking nature tours, bike tours (bike and helmets provided), geo-caching, fishing clinics, and more! Exhibitors will include local environmental organizations, as well as outdoor equipment and healthy lifestyle vendors. Great door prizes will be given away throughout the event. Make sure to check out one of the exciting paddle boarding clinics for kids, beginners, and advanced paddlers!
This community-based event is free with Park Entry. Park entry fees are $8.00 for vehicles with 2-8 people, $4.00 for single person in vehicle, and $2 per pedestrian or bicyclist. Guided Kayak tours will be $10/per person, kayak rental included.
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. Reservations are required. Call (239) 463-4588 to reserve your spot.
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.
Join a park ranger for a relaxing 1½ mile kayak tour. Learn the history of Black Island and experience some of the wildlife that call the waterways of Lovers Key home. Bring your own kayak or rent one from the park concession. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.
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 concession. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.
Park naturalists provide interesting information about Florida animals and other topics. These informative talks vary from month to month and help us understand these animals' roles in their ecosystems. Topics have included sharks, manatees, sea turtles, gopher tortoises, alligators, and more. Check the FOLKS calendar for the current offerings.
The Florida State Parks Junior Ranger Program provides fun, self-led activities. Kids learn how to protect Florida State Parks and become eligible for Junior Ranger rewards such as patches, badges, and pins. More information here.