Please note: Due to limited space, reservations are usually required. Call 239-463-4588.
Gloria Beauchamp, Former Park Manager
"I invite you to come out and enjoy your beautiful park and consider being our Friend."
Join us on the beach by the gazebo for an up close look at the night sky! Members from the Everglades Astronomical Society, a group of amateur astronomers, will be on hand with multiple large telescopes to observe the night sky with us on the beach at Lovers Key. Light refreshments will be served.
Space is limited for this special program. Free for FOLKS members with Park Entry. RSVP to Judy Greenwood email: email@example.com or #708-359-0466.
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FOLKS Annual Meeting will be held at the Gazebo on the beach at Lovers Key State Park. Please join us for a very interesting presentation from Shy Wolf Sanctuary. This is a Members only event, but feel free to bring a friend. Refreshments will be provided.
Shy Wolf Sanctuary, Education and Experience Center provides sanctuary and care for dozens of rescued wild and captive-bred exotic animals, specializing in wolves. Shy Wolf's education program informs the public about wolves’ role in natural ecosystems and promotes respect for all exotic animals. Thirty-plus active volunteers work with the animals and in the community.
Over 60 animals – wolves, wolf dogs, big cats, and more – are permanent residents at the 2.5 acre sanctuary in Naples. Because wolves and wolfdogs are generally considered unadoptable by domestic animal services, Shy Wolf Sanctuary is often their last hope. But some do find a family; every year Shy Wolf works with a network of organizations and rescuers to place wolfdogs in foster homes for eventual adoption.
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!
Bring your children, grandchildren, and friends for an afternoon of lunch, games and prizes on the beach near the gazebo with Santa. We will be collecting unwrapped toys, which the Rotary Club will distribute to local children. Each child (aged 8 and under) who donates an unwrapped toy will visit with Santa and receive a small gift. Bring your camera or cell phone to take photos! Lunch will be provided for the children, and snacks for adults. Each family in attendance will be given a chance to win a fully decorated Christmas Tree donated by the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs.
Sponsored by the FOLKS and Rotary Club of Bonita Springs, space is limited to 100 children. Please RSVP with Judy Greenwood #708-359-0466 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
An intimate experience with local ACMA artists sharing their original Americana/Acoustic songs and background stories. The concerts, at the Gazebo, are free with paid admission to the park. The January Concert on January 5 features Alan Bradford, Dave Clayton, and Bill Veach, and runs from 3:45pm to sunset.
All shows are on the first Thursday of each month and start 2 hours before sunset. Dates and times are:
Jan. 5 3:45pm
Feb. 2 4:00pm
March 2 4:30pm
April 6 5:30pm
Visitor from Michigan
“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.”
Rangers and volunteers will offer guided kayak tours, walking nature tours, bike tours (bike and helmets provided), geo-caching, fishing clinics, and more! Exhibitors will include local environmental organizations, as well as outdoor equipment and healthy lifestyle vendors. Great door prizes will be given away throughout the event. Make sure to check out one of the exciting paddle boarding clinics for kids, beginners, and advanced paddlers!
This community-based event is free with Park Entry. Park entry fees are $8.00 for vehicles with 2-8 people, $4.00 for single person in vehicle, and $2 per pedestrian or bicyclist. Guided Kayak tours will be $10/per person, kayak rental included.
Join a park naturalist 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. Check the calendar for specific dates. Reservations are required. Call (239) 463-4588 to reserve your spot.
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.