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 Bike Tour
Join a park naturalist for a three-mile adventure down our Black Island Trail. Learn a little park history and experience some of the wildlife that call this maritime hammock home. Bring your own bike or rent one from the park.

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.

The American Alligator talk
Join a park ranger for an interesting and informative talk about the American Alligator. Learn about these fascinating reptiles that live right here at Lovers Key!

Walk on the Wild Side
Take a mile-long guided hike along our Black Island Trail with a park ranger to learn about the fascinating vegetation and wildlife that reside in this maritime hammock.

The Gopher Tortoise talk
Join a park ranger for an interesting and informative talk about the Gopher Tortoise. Learn about this tortoise that lives right here at Lovers Key and the threats they face.

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, Former Park Manager

For Friends of Lovers Key Members Only


Membership has its benefits.

As a member of the Friends of Lovers Key, you'll be invited to our "Members Only" events, and be admitted to the park for free 12 times a year. There are several membership levels to fit your budget. Please join now.

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December 29, 2016, 5:30 PM

Star Gazing on the beach with the Everglades Astronomical Society

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: fjgreenwood@gmail.com or #708-359-0466.
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January 24, 2017, 6:30 PM

The FOLKS Annual Meeting

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.

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!

December 19, 2016

Santa on the Sand at Lovers Key State Park

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: fjgreenwood@gmail.com

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Songwriters at Sunset Concert

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

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“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

Dec. 3, 2016

Great Outdoor Adventure Day

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.

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Monthly, 10:00 am

Lovers Key Fishing Clinic

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.

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.