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


Sea Turtle Program
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.

Manatees Talk
Meet with a Park Naturalist for an interesting and informative talk about our local Manatees. Learn what these fascinating creatures are all about 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. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

Beginning Butterflies
Join a Park Naturalist for a talk on the butterflies of Lovers Key State Park. Topics will touch on differences between moths and butterflies, butterfly development, plants that support butterflies, netting techniques, tagging and more. Bring your camera to capture a picture of these beautiful creatures. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

Walk on the Wild Side
Join a Park Ranger for a guided hike along our Black Island Trail. Learn about the fascinating vegetation and wildlife that reside in this maritime hammock. Do some bird watching, and maybe learn a little local history. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

Alligator Talk
Join a Park naturalist for an interesting and fun talk about Alligators. Discover why Alligators 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.

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

 

"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.

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Perks of FOLKS membership

Member Only Educational Lectures



Throughout the year unique presentations are scheduled for members to learn more about the wonders of Lovers Key and interesting Florida topics. Information will be posted on the website and on Facebook when new lectures are scheduled. Be sure to keep checking in!  

These events are free for FOLKS members with Park Entry. Why not join 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 Welcome and Discovery 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 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 for the 2018 Turtle Trot report.

First Thursdays – December – April

Songwriters at Sunset

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 December running through April, on the first Thursday of each month.

Mark your calendar with this season's dates:

Thursday, Dec. 13 at 3:30 PM
Thursday, Jan. 3 at 4:00 PM
Thursday, Feb. 7 at 4:15 PM
Thursday, March 7 at 4:30 PM
Thursday, April 4 at 5:45 PM

 Read about December's performers >

Every Monday – December – May – 9:30am to 10:30am

Yoga on the Gazebo at Lovers Key State Park

The Friends of Lovers Key (FOLKS) offers Monday morning Yoga on the Gazebo at Lovers Key, December, 2018 through May, 2019. Classes begin at 9:30 AM and end at 10:30 AM.

FOLKS is committed to providing high quality and affordable Yoga for everyone. Join instructor Sandy McShane for an hour of Open Vinyasa Flow (multilevel) and experience the magic of yoga on the spectacular Lovers Key gazebo on the beach.

Your participation helps to fund the future Welcome and Discovery Center, as a portion of the class fee will be donated to the FOLKS.

$10 per class plus park entry fee. Park entry fees are $8 for vehicles (2-8 people), $4 for single person in vehicle, $2 for pedestrian/bicyclist.

Bring a yoga mat, water, and any props you may need. Be sure to arrive early to give yourself time to park and take the tram down to the gazebo.

December 9, 2018

Santa on the Sand at Lovers Key State Park

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: fjgreenwood@gmail.com

January 25-27, 2019

Lovers Key Nautical Market & Boat Show

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs and the Friends of Lovers Key bring you the Lovers Key Nautical Market and Boat Show featuring boat dealers, nautical exhibitors selling arts, crafts, clothing, fishing and cruising equipment, and other items for the boating and Florida lifestyle. Food and ice cream are available, and a Beer Garden is 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»

Annually on February 14

Valentines Day Vow Renewals

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.

 Read more >

“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

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.

All you need to know to Go Fish!

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. Reservations are required. Call (239) 463-4588 to reserve your spot.

Cool family fun in the sun!

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.

Paddle your own or rent one.

Black Island Kayak Tour

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.

Peddle your own or rent one.

Black Island Bike Tour

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.

Learn something new about Florida!

Natural History Talks

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.

Kids learn and earn at Lovers Key.

Jr. Ranger Program

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.