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Lovers Key State Park

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

Walk on the Wild Side
Friday, July 25

Sea Turtle Talk
Friday, August 1 

Fishing Clinic
Tuesdays, August 5 & 19 

Black Island Bike Tour
Friday, August 8 

Shoreline Exploration Talk
Thursday, August 14 

Beginning Butterflies
Tuesday, August 19 

The Native Plants of Lovers Key Talk
Wednesday, August 20 

Beach Walk and Estuary Tour
Tuesday, August 26 

Estuary Tour w/ Photo Focus
Thursday, August 28 

Estuary Wading Trip
Friday, August 29 

 

Check the events page for more events and details.


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9th Annual Turtle Trot on May 10th
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Visit the 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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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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