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


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. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

The Art of the Calusa Talk
Join a Park Ranger for an interesting and informative talk about the art of the Calusa, a tribe of Native Americans that ruled this area hundreds of years ago. 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.

Junior Ranger Program: Sea Turtles!
Join a park ranger to learn about the marine species that make the estuary and barrier island environments unique, and explore sea grass flats. 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. You will get wet as you venture into the estuary. After the program, participants can begin their journey to become a Florida State Park Junior Ranger through fun self-led activities. This program is appropriate for children ages 6 and up. 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.

Signs of Wildlife
Join a park naturalist to explore the variety of wildlife which thrives around us. Discover the different tell-tale signs that critters leave behind, explore how they use their senses, and learn about the natural history of the animals that reside in Lovers Key. Participants will be able to make their own animal tracks to take home using molds and plaster. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.

Sea Turtle Talk
Join a park ranger to learn about the fascinating life of the marine turtles that visit Lovers Key each summer. Learn about their nesting behavior and find out what you can do to help protect them. 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 Environmental Education 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!

“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

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.

Monthly, 10:00 am

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 concession. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588.