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Lovers Key State Park

Friends of Lovers Key State Park

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

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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

Click on the events page for details! 

Beginning Birding
Friday, May 22 at 10:00 a.m.

Estuary Wading Tour
Friday, May 22

Beginning Butterflies
Thursday, May 28

Sensational Sharks! talk
Friday, May 29 

Shoreline Exploration walk
Thursday, June 4 

Sensational Sharks talk
Friday, June 5 

Lovers Key Fishing Clinic
Tuesdays, June 9 and 23 

Beginning Butterflies
Thursday, June 18 

Black Island Kayak Tour
Thursday, June 19 

Estuary Wading Tour
Friday, June 19 

Junior Ranger Program: Sea Turtles!
Wednesday, June 24 

Black Island Bike Tour
Friday, June 26 



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9th Annual Turtle Trot on May 10th
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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!


Works of Art at Paint in the Park

Paint in the Park on May 22nd was a great time for all. Jen Norqual, a local artist, guided attendees through the process of creating their own personal masterpiece.

Jen had outlined a turtle figure on each canvas. Each attendee was given various colors of acrylic paint, brushes, water and with these tools were ready to begin. They mixed, painted and moved through the process of creating their own works of art. It was such fun meeting new people, some attendees trying a new skill, and everyone enjoying the experience!

In addition to the fun and art work the proceeds earned from Paint in the Park are going into the campaign fund for the Visitor Center!!  Watch this website and join the Friends of Lovers Key Facebook page to be sure to know when the next Paint in the Park  is scheduled……you do not want to miss it!!! 



10th Annual Turtle Trot

Runners, joggers and walkers of all ages competed in the Lover's Key State Park 10th Annual Turtle Trot on May 9, 2015. More than 450 participants ran and walked the 5k trail course through a shady maritime hammock ecosystem on a hard-packed shell path before finishing on the beach sand of the Gulf of Mexico.


First Overall winners, Ruben Guzman and Tamara Kasper, smile for the camera.

Turtle Trot Winners
First Overall Female- Tamara Kasper (21:41)
First Overall male- Ruben Guzman (18:42)
Female Masters- Amy Yanni (23:41)
Male Masters- Joel Gonzalez (18:57)
Grand Master Female- Ody Fuentes (23:48)
Grand Master Male- Andreas Boehm (19:56)
Senior Grand Master Female- Lavonne Larson (25:53)
Senior Grand master Male- Ken Turner (23:11)

Thanks again to everyone for supporting the Turtle Trot. Sponsored by the Friends of Lovers Key, the event helped to raise funds for the current Capital Campaign project, a new Visitor/Nature Center at the park. Visit our Sponsors Page to see who provided special support for this outstanding event!



    Suwanee River by Carlton Ward, Jr.

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. >>


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.

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.




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