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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! 

Lovers Key Estuary Tour w/ Photo Focus
Thursday, February 26 

Black Island Bike Tour
Thursday, February 26 

Walk on the Wild Side
Friday, February 27

Star Gazing with the Everglades Astronomical Society
Friday, February 27
Members only - Join now!
Register 239-463-4588

Lovers Key Fishing Clinic
Saturday, February 28

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 


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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!

Paint in the Park at Lovers Key State Park

Saturday, March 1410:00 a.m. to noon
$40 per person plus park entry fee
Benefiting Friends of Lovers Key!


Create...Relax...Refill...No experience needed!
Tap into your creative side and come join the fun. Local artist Jen Norqual will give you instruction and guide you through the fun process of creating your masterpiece on a canvas. No experience needed. All the supplies are included, even aprons. Sign up now; space is limited.

RSVP to save your space and receive payment instructions: Contact Jen Norqual at

We will meet at Picnic Shelter by the Kayak Launch inside Lovers Key State Park.


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.

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.

Award Winning State Parks

Award Winning State Parks — Oct 14, 2013

Congratulations to the Florida Park Service for winning the National Gold Medal Award for best state park service at the National Recreation and Parks Association annual meeting.




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