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?
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 Environmental Learning Center. After the regular business of the Annual Meeting is complete, please join us for an interesting presentation on Shorebirds by Adam DiNuovo. Read more below.
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.
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:
Feb. 1, 2018
March 1, 2018
April 5, 2018
Dec. 6, 2018
New! Come early for a beach BBQ!
More Information here > > >
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.