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Friends of Lovers Key State Park

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

Feel the Love

FOLKS is a non-profit citizen support organization (CSO) established to protect, preserve and support Lovers Key State Park.

We raise money to help the park, and volunteer time to repair fences, take out invasive plants, drive the tram, give lectures, work the gate and create podcasts. 

Please download and read the FOLKS Board Code of Ethics.

We encourage you to join us in supporting our favorite state park. Get involved by becoming a member, volunteer or donor and bring your friends and family to our special events. Together, we can preserve our Florida coastal legacy and ensure that it is available for future generations.

FOLKS Future

A Vision for the Future

For the next year, we will be actively fund raising so that we can help the Florida Park Service build a state of the art visitor center to welcome the guests and show off what Lovers Key State Park has to offer. Find out how you can helpJoin in the Capital Campaign

Upcoming Events

All programs begin at 10:00 am. Reservations: 239-463-4588
October Interpretive Programs

Friday, October 9, 10:00 am
Sea Turtle Talk

Tuesday, October 13, 10:00 am
Lovers Key Fishing Clinic

Friday, October 16, 10:00 am
Life of the Calusa

Thursday, October 22, 10:00 am
Kayak tour

Friday, October 23, 10:00 am
Sensational Sharks! Talk

Friday, October 30, 10:00 am
Shoreline Exploration

Everblades is hosting "Recognize the State Park Night" December 12th. Purchase a ticket and support the Lovers Key State Park Environmental Education Center building fund.



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Meet our sponsors and business partners. Working together we will reach our goals and realize our FOLKS major project: A Visitor Center for Lovers Key State Park!


In the Spotlight: Why the Piping Plover is in Danger

By Susan Suarez, FOLKS correspondent to Spotlight News

pipingplover.jpgRead all about the charm of the Piping Plovers, when you can see them on Lovers Key, and how developmental pressures are impacting their numbers. Fortunately, we can offer them safe haven on the Lovers Key State Park beaches for their wintering grounds.

Read full article >>


Early Bird Registration!

Register for the Images of Nature Dinner no later than 5pm EST October 19, 2015 to be entered in a drawing for the chance to win a gift certificate for a 2-night stay at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Estero, FL. A $300 value! (Does not apply to photo session registration).

Register today at


Join us for Photography Week at Lovers Key State Park

November 2-8, 2015


National Geographic photographer Carlton Ward, Jr. will be the featured speaker on the evening of November 8, culminating the Images of Nature Week. Throughout the week noted local photographers will offer two-hour workshops at the park, with proceeds benefiting the Friends of Lovers Key.

Space is limited! Read more about the photo sessions and register today. >>


October 14, 5:30 PM | Cocktails at Sunset

Sunset on the beach with Friends of Lovers Key. Free for Members only. Register at 239-463-4588; Join today.



Special partnership with WGCU-FM! Help us earn free radio promos!

WGCU-campaign.pngJust call in anytime during the pledge campaign (October 17-23) and make a pledge of any dollar amount. Once we’ve raised $1000 for WGCU, the Friends of Lovers Key will receive 28 radio spots!  The more we raise, the more spots we earn!

Your gift will support our local treasure, WGCU Public Radio, and at the same time provide us with valuable marketing opportunities that we might otherwise not be able to afford.

WGCU-FM can be found at 90.1 on the FM Dial (91.7 FM on Marco Island), is streamed live on, or can be accessed through the WGCU mobile app.  You can make your pledge of support by calling 1-800-533-9428 or by pledging online at  Just make sure that you select Friends of Lovers Key as the nonprofit you’d like to support with free radio promos!


Create Your Work of Art at Paint in the Park

The next Paint in the Park is scheduled for Saturday, November 15, 2015. Create...Relax...Refill... All the supplies are included, even aprons. No experience needed! For more information please visit our Events page.

In addition to the fun and art work, the proceeds benefit Friends of Lovers Key Campaign Fund for the Visitor Center.  Watch this website and join the Friends of Lovers Key Facebook page to be sure to know when other new events are scheduled.


Everyone enjoyed Paint in the Park on May 22nd. Jen had outlined a turtle figure on each canvas, then the painters completed their own works of art.



Purchase Advance Tickets by Dec 7 to Support the Park

Show you support for Lovers Key State Park and enjoy a fun night at Germain arena!  The Florida Everblades, a true supporting partner,  is hosting an evening called “Recognize the State Park Night." The Friends of Lovers Key (FOLKS) will be there hosting a table with all the information about park amenities, information on FOLKS and more.

By purchasing an advance ticket before December 7th you will be donating 50% of the ticket sale to Friends of Lovers Key building fund for the Environmental Education Center for Lovers Key State Park. Call or email, Mike Kelly is waiting to take your ticket order. Please help and purchase a $20 ticket.  See you at the game


Save the Date!

logo-Lovers-Key-Nautical-Flea-Market-and-Boat-Show-140.pngSaturday & Sunday
March 19 & 20, 2016

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs and the Friends of Lovers Key are working to bring you the Lovers Key Nautical Flea Market & Boat Show. Read all about it here:


Record Number Visit

Record Number Visit — Jan 8, 2015

Lovers Key State Park welcomed more than 974,000 visitors in fiscal 2013-2104, making it the second most visited State Park in Florida last year.

Thanks to the Martin Foundation

Thanks to the Martin Foundation — Jul 8, 2014

The Friends of Lovers Key State Park would like to acknowledge a $20,000 grant from The Martin Foundation. The funds are specifically focused on assisting with the initial plans of the Capital Campaign for the Visitor Center at Lovers Key State Park. The money will be applied toward Board training, marketing materials, design of educational exhibits and preliminary architectural work for the Visitor Center.

Visitor Center Survey

Visitor Center Survey — Nov 14, 2013

The FIRST BIG STEP!!!! Yes, Johnson Engineering has taken a big step with FOLKS regarding fulfillment of the dream for a Visitor Center for Lovers Key State Park.




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