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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.

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

Estuary Wading Trip
Friday, August 29 

Special Volunteer Opportunities
for September

2014 Coastal Cleanup
DATE: Saturday- September 20th, 2014
TIME: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

DESCRIPTION: The Coastal Cleanup is the only cleanup where trash is collected and recorded.  The data cards are then sent to the Ocean Conservancy where the information is used in the development of new environmental protection acts and change the behaviors that cause marine debris in the first place.  The data cards are designed to have groups of 4 working together, 3 to collect litter and debris and 1 to record the findings.  Latex gloves will be handed out, however some of the marine debris will be rough so please feel free to bring work gloves. 

The annual cleanup is organized nationally by The Ocean Conservancy, and is coordinated locally by Keep Lee County Beautiful, Inc. (KLCB) and the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF).

The 2 goals of the cleanup are to remove unsightly and environmentally harmful debris from Florida's coastlines and raise awareness about this preventable litter problem. Litter poses a threat to wildlife - plastic bags are mistaken for jellyfish and eaten by sea turtles. Lost and discarded fishing tackle is eaten by birds and becomes an entangling death trap to many types of animal life.

2014 Check-In Locations for the Coastal Cleanup are

Bunche Beach:
18201 John Morris Road, Fort Myers, FL 33931

Fort Myers Beach Elementary School:
2751 Oak Street, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Lovers Key State Park (Event Field):
8700 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931        

The 2013 Coastal Cleanup had an amazing turnout!! Preliminary numbers show Keep Lee County Beautiful registered a record 1,605 volunteers at 23 locations around the county, including the underwater cleanup. The event removed 10,361 pounds of litter and debris from our shorelines and waterways. 

Pre-registration for this event is required. To register, please contact Keep Lee County Beautiful, Inc. at (239) 334-3488 or visit http://klcb.org/sp_coastalcleanup.htm

CONTACT: For additional information or to register to participate please contact Trish Fancher, Program Coordinator for Keep Lee County Beautiful, (239) 334-3488 or email trish@klcb.org or visit the Lee County Coastal Cleanup Website http://klcb.org/sp_coastalcleanup.htm

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2014 National Public Lands Day
DATE: Saturday- September 27th, 2014
TIME: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

DESCRIPTION: Consider that one-third of the land in America is ours- public land where we can all hike, bike, climb, swim, explore, picnic or just plain relax. There’s a special joy in getting our hands dirty when it helps keep our land beautiful. National Public Lands Day is an opportunity to spruce up these lands while helping us get back to some of the places we love.

On September 27th, thousands of volunteers around the nation will build trails and bridges, pull invasive weeds, plant trees, remove trash and have fun getting back to nature. At the same time, they’ll get quite a workout on America’s public lands- the gym with a view. They’ll learn about the human impact on parks and lands as well as take part in a service endeavor fed with the energy of volunteers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. Join the thousands who will take part in the 21st Annual National Public Lands Day and help do your part for America’s lands at Lovers Key State Park.

Friends of Lovers Key, Inc will be hosting this event Saturday September 27th from 9am -12pm. Join Lovers Key State Park Rangers and Volunteers to help maintain the park's trails, remove exotic invasive species of plants, and pick up litter along the trails to help ensure Lovers Key is a wonderful place to visit and remains excellent habitat for the diversity of wildlife which inhabits the park. Volunteers must wear closed toed shoes. Refillable water bottles, sunscreen, hats, gloves and bug repellent are highly recommended. Pre-registration for this event is required. To register, please contact the Lovers Key State Park Ranger Station at (239) 463-4588. (Limit of 25 people- if larger groups are interested (i.e. girl or boy scouts) have them leave contact information and I will follow up)

CONTACT: For additional information please contact Katie Moses at 239-463-4588 or email catherine.moses@dep.state.fl.us

 

Click on the events page for details! 

 


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Visit the Capital Campaign sponsors showcase to meet the businesses and organizations that are contributing to our fundraising efforts. Working together we will reach our goals and realize our FOLKS major project: A Visitor Center for Lovers Key State Park

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An Evening to Remember

Talis-Park-Logo-bkgnd.jpg"An Evening to Remember" will be held on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at the clubhouse at Talis Park, 16990 Livingston Rd, Naples FL 34110, to benefit the future Visitor Center at Lovers Key State Park.

Guests will enjoy exquisite appetizers and wines, music, exhibits about wildlife found at Lovers Key State Park. Special guests will include Fran Mainella, former Director of the National Park Service.

Tickets $75 per person. Click here to get your tickets!

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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.

The Friends of Lovers Key would like to express our deep appreciation for the support The Martin Foundation has shown by awarding FOLKS a grant so that we may continue with our mission to preserve, protect and support Lovers Key State Park.

Lovers Key State Park is currently the 2nd most visited state park in Florida, with more than 976,000 visitors this year.  LKSP generates $35 million in economic impact and 700 jobs in Southwest Florida.  FOLKS is working to build a Visitor Center which will provide an exciting way to engage visitors and educate them about the importance of our Southwest Florida environment.  The Visitor Center will offer new opportunities for the community to enjoy special events inside the building.

If you would like more information regarding the Visitor Center Project for Lovers Key State Park please call (239) 463-4588 or email capitalcampaign@friendsofloverskey.org


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Over 600 runners came to Lovers Key State Park on May 10 to take on its unique trail course which winds through a shady maritime hammock ecosystem. At the finish line, overlooking the beach from the park pavilion, refreshments were served and awards presented. You can read more about this fantastic event on Facebook.

Thanks again to everyone for supporting the Turtle Trot. All proceeds go to the Friends of Lovers Key, Inc.(FOLKS) to assist us in our mission to support, protect and preserve Lovers Key State Park. Visit our Sponsors Page to see who is providing special support for this outstanding event! Next year will be the 10th Annual Turtle Trot!  Plan to join the fun and celebration at Lovers Key State Park.

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Some of the wonderful FOLKS volunteers!!!!!!

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Cassandra and Barb at the finish line water station.

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The finish line is just around the corner!


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.


2014 Turtle Trot Breaks Record

2014 Turtle Trot Breaks Record — May 23, 2014

Over 600 people participated in the 9th annual Turtle Trot May 10th at Lovers Key State Park. They crossed the finish line at the beach-side pavilion and enjoyed refreshments, awards, and a dip in the gulf.


The Power of Love

The Power of Love — Feb 24, 2014

The Naples News covered the story of Charles and Mary Wright's vow renewal as part of the story "The power of love: Couples across SWFL celebrate Valentine's Day."


Getting Ready for  Turtle Trot 2014

Getting Ready for Turtle Trot 2014 — Feb 24, 2014

Register now and lets make the 9th Annual Turtle Trot the BEST. Remember all runners, joggers, skippers, walkers, and turtle trotters are welcome!!!!!!


Love at Lovers Key 2014

Love at Lovers Key 2014 — Jan 14, 2014

Love is always in the air at Lovers Key but even more so on Valentine’s Day. Couples are invited to join us in the park for our special 5th Annual Vow Renewal Ceremony at the Gazebo on the beach.


 
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