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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

Click on the events page for details! 

Lovers Key Fishing Clinic
Tuesdays, March 3 and 24 and
Saturdays, March 7 & 21

Black Island Bike Tour
Thursdays, March 5, 12, & 19

Beginning Birding
Wednesday, March 11 

Sea Turtle Talk
Friday, March 20

Shoreline Exploration Walk
Friday, March 6 and
Thursday, March 19 

Estuary Wading Trip
Tuesday, March 24 

Walk on the Wild Side
Friday, March 27 

Learn about the Calusa Indians
Wednesday, April 15

10:00 am at the Beach Pavilion
Members only. Join the FOLKS now!
To register, call 239-463-4588



Proud signature sponsor of the
9th Annual Turtle Trot on May 10th
Supporting FOLKS throughout the year

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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!


Gallery Night at Dennis Goodman Photography
To benefit Friends of Lovers Key

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 144, Naples

Please RSVP to, 239-784-4521, Susan Suarez

  • Chance auction for a Dennis Goodman original photograph and other works of art.
  • Wine and Cheese Reception.
  • Certified Florida Naturalist and Birding Expert Pamela Jones-Morton, Ph.D. will share insights about local birds shown the photographs throughout the gallery.

No Entry Fee, but Donations are Appreciated! All proceeds go to the Capital Campaign for the planning and construction of the Lovers Key State Park Visitor Center. You can donate now through PayPal, or send your check — payable to Friends of Lovers Key — to Lovers Key State Park - Gallery Night, 8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931.

We are seeking business sponsor(s) to cover cost of reception and to help with promotion. For more information, please contact Susan Suarez (contact info above).




10th Annual Turtle Trot 5K Registration now available

Calling all runners, joggers, skippers, walkers, and turtle trotters! The Turtle Trot has always been a festive event, and our 10th year promises to be as enjoyable as ever. The race will be held May 9, 2015 here at Lovers Key State Park. Visit our Events page for information on registration.


CITO_color-web.pngLovers Key Trail Trimming Cache In Trash Out (CITO) Event

Sunday, April 26, 2015
8:30 – 11:30 am, rain or shine
Lovers Key State Park
Join the Friends of Lovers Key (FOLKS) and the local geocaching community for a special trail maintenance event in recognition of Earth Day and the International "CITO" weekend.  Entry to the park is free for participants – just let the staff at the ranger station know you’re part of the “Trail Trimming Team!”  You don’t have to be a cacher to participate – but if you’re not careful, you might just catch the bug!

Find out more....



    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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