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See them now in the park

Brown Pelican, Anhinga, Double Crested Cormorant, Willet, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Great Blue Heron, Least Tern, Wilson Plover, Short Billed Dowitcher, Osprey, Mangrove Crab, Green Anole, Gopher Tortoise, and Cow Nosed Ray.


Nests for Least terns and Wilson’s Plovers are on the beach. The least tern chicks are hatching and can be seen in shadows of the inkberry bushes.

Standing Up for Wildlife

Protection of the nesting beaches is a key activity for the Friends of Lovers Key. Each year, we discover  and guard nests of the ground nesting least terns, as well as sea turtle nests.


It's always a delight to see Roseate Spoonbills with their bright pink plumage and perfectly adapted bill shuffling through the shallow waters. These visitors to Lovers Key State Park were captured by Jennifer Semro.

Updates and announcements


Register now and lets make the 9th Annual Turtle Trot the BEST.  Remember all runners, joggers, skippers, walkers, and turtle trotters are welcome!!!!!! Come one come all……registration is open and only the first 500 will receive race T-shirts so get on the registration list QUICK! Click here to register online.


This unique trail course takes runners through a shady maritime hammock ecosystem on a hard packed path. No part of the course requires running through beach sand. The course ends at the park pavilion overlooking the beach where refreshments will be served and awards will be presented. Stick around after the race for a dip in the Gulf!

May 10, 2014  – gates open 7 a.m.  race begins 8 a.m.

Through May 3rd – 18 (under) $15; adult $25
May 4th-9th – All $30
May 10th - Day of race – All $35

Thanks again to everyone for supporting the Turtle Trot. All proceeds go to the Friends of Lovers Key, Inc.(FOLKS) to assist us in our mission to support, protect and preserve Lovers Key State Park. Visit our Sponsors Page to see who is providing special support for this outstanding event!

The Power of Love

The Power of Love — Feb 24, 2014

The Naples News covered the story of Charles and Mary Wright's vow renewal as part of the story "The power of love: Couples across SWFL celebrate Valentine's Day."

Getting Ready for  Turtle Trot 2014

Getting Ready for Turtle Trot 2014 — Feb 24, 2014

Register now and lets make the 9th Annual Turtle Trot the BEST. Remember all runners, joggers, skippers, walkers, and turtle trotters are welcome!!!!!!

Love at Lovers Key 2014

Love at Lovers Key 2014 — Jan 14, 2014

Love is always in the air at Lovers Key but even more so on Valentine’s Day. Couples are invited to join us in the park for our special 5th Annual Vow Renewal Ceremony at the Gazebo on the beach.

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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Spring 2014 Newsletter

Park Manager's Message, Capital Campaign for Visitor Center, President's Message, 9th Annual Turtle Trot, American Pickers – Lovers Key Version

Spring 2013 Newsletter

Park Manager's Message, A Beautiful Place to Work, Thank You Volunteers, Send in Your Recipes

Fall 2012 Newsletter
Paddling Festival, Cookbook to be published, A Tram Driver's Musing, Ranger's Poem
Summer 2012 Newsletter
Volunteers recognized, 7th Annual Turtle Trot success, Nests in the Park this summer
Fall/Winter 2011 Newsletter 
New Park Serivces Manager, geo-caching at Lovers Key, Goodsearch.

Spring/Summer 2011 Newsletter
Manager's message, Turtle Trot follow-up, Volunteer information and Visitor Center 

Winter 2011 Newsletter
Welcome to the new park manager, holiday thoughts, threats to coastal bird habitats

Summer 2010 Newsletter
Park staff updates, butterflies of Lovers Key State Park, Nature Program Series

In the Media

Profile in the Naples News

Least terns are back at Lovers Key - Ft. Myers