Friends of Lovers Key State Park

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

 

Events You'll Love at Lovers Key

Lovers Key State Park Interpretative Programs


Black Island Kayak Tour
Join a park ranger for a relaxing 1½ mile kayak tour. Learn the history of Black Island and experience some of the wildlife that call the waterways of Lovers Key home. Bring your own kayak or rent one from the park concession. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

Beach Walk and Estuary Tour
Take a leisurely one-mile walk over the estuary and along the beach with a park naturalist. Find out what washes ashore on the beach during the night and learn about coastal wildlife. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.
Thursday, Oct 6 and
Thursday, Oct 20

Lovers Key Fishing Clinic
Join park naturalists to learn a variety of tackle and fresh bait rigs, find out the best places to drop a line, and learn about the rules and regulations that pertain to game fishing in Southwest Florida. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

Beginning Butterflies
Join a park naturalist for a talk on the butterflies of Lovers Key State Park. Topics will touch on differences between moths and butterflies, butterfly development, plants that support butterflies, netting techniques, tagging and more. Bring your camera to capture a picture of these beautiful creatures. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

The Gopher Tortoise
Join a park naturalist to learn about these fascinating animals. Find out what they eat and how they live. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

Beginning Photography
Join a park naturalist for a photogenic tour of the estuaries of Lovers Key. Bring your camera to learn where the best places are to snap that perfect photo & learn about the plants and animals that make this ecosystem home. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

Florida Manatee Talk
Join a park ranger for an interesting and informative talk about the Florida Manatee. Learn about Florida’s gentle giants and the threats they face. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

Please note: Due to limited space, reservations are usually required. Call 239-463-4588.

 

"I invite you to come out and enjoy your beautiful park and consider being our Friend."

Gloria Beauchamp, Park Manager

Fundraising Events for Lovers Key

Throughout the year the Friends of Lovers Key sponsor events to help raise the funds that are critical to augmenting the State Park budget and completing projects such as the design and construction of the Lovers Key Visitor Center.

Please take part in our special events. You'll have a wonderful time, learn alot about our natural heritage, meet great people, and, best of all, help us protect, preserve and support Lovers Key State Park.



Young and old, they came to do the 2016 Turtle Trot through the shady hammock to the beautiful beach at Lovers Key State Park.
Photos by Amie Sanders

  • This year's racers gather at the starting line.

  • Get ready! Get set!

  • And they're off!

  • The character of the Turtle Trot is reflected in the waterways.

  • The character of the Turtle Trot is reflected in the waterways.

  • At the beach pavillion, we await the front runners.

  • The trophies line up for each category, but all are winners.

  • The Overall Champions, Arye Beck and Joanna Citarella, share a smile with the camera.

  • Everyone who finishes is a champion.

  • Part of the fun is the official garb.

  • Friends enjoyed the chance to run together.

  • Friends enjoyed the chance to run together.

  • Certain groups were seriously runners!

  • Free wifi made it easier to share the experience.

Annually in May

Lovers Key Turtle Trot

Participants run and walk the5k trail course through a shady maritime hammock ecosystem on a hard-packed shell path. The course ends on the beach sand of the Gulf of Mexico. Refreshments are then served and awards presented at the pavilion overlooking the beach.

Maribeth Richards ran the 2016 race. Here's what she had to say when she finished:

"I loved running this race course, especially the shady portion of the trail. I loved finishing on the beach, where after the race I jumped in the Gulf to cool off!"

Check our Turtle Trot event page to meet our 2016 sponsors and see our plans for the 12th Annual, May 2017!

Friday, October 14 - 5pm

Sunset/ Moonlight Kayaking at Lovers Key State Park

Join us for a evening paddle through the estuary inside Lovers Key State Park. This guided tour will transport you back to old time Florida as you glide through the waterways. A Lovers Key Adventure guide will point out the wildlife and amaze you with the stories of the bearded pirate of Black Island and the hidden treasure rumored to remain.

Tour cost $15 per person FOLKS members, $20 non-members, includes park entrance fee. Kayak rental is $38 for single, $58 double. Kayak rental costs will be donated back to FOLKS from our generous sponsor Lovers Key Adventures. RSVP to Judy Greenwood at 708-359-0466 or email: fjgreenwood@gmail.com

“The kayak tour was one of the best things we've ever done together. We learned so much, and experienced birds and sealife up close like never before.”

Visitor from Michigan

 

Park Events and Programs

September 24, 2016 at 9:00 AM

National Public Lands Day Workday

Across the country on National Public Lands Day, citizens will give back to the properties that offer them so much. Friends of Lovers Key, Inc will host a workday Saturday, Sept. 24th, 9am -12pm. Join Lovers Key State Park Rangers and Volunteers to maintain trails, remove exotic invasive plant species, and pick up litter to help ensure Lovers Key is a wonderful place to visit and excellent habitat for the park's wildlife.

Pre-registration for this workday is required. To register, please contact the Ranger Station at (239) 463-4588.

Monthly, 10:00 am

Estuary Wading Trips

Join Park Naturalists to learn about marine species; seahorses, shrimp, young fish, and egg casings of all sorts inhabit the grasses, which attract larger fish, mollusks and crustaceans, and manatees, dolphins and rays. Guests will get wet as they venture into the estuary. Check the calendar for specific dates. Reservations are required. Call (239) 463-4588 to reserve your spot. 

A special thank you goes to the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP) who sponsors this program.

Bi-monthly, 10:00 am

Black Island Kayak Tour

Join a park ranger for a relaxing 1½ mile kayak tour. Learn the history of Black Island and experience some of the wildlife that call the waterways of Lovers Key home. Bring your own kayak or rent one from the park concession. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.