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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



Lovers Key State Park welcomed more than 974,000 visitors in fiscal 2013-2104, a 13% increase over the previous year.  "This represents more than $72 million in economic impact and more than 1,000 jobs for our local area," explains Gloria Beauchamp, Park Manager.

Lovers Key was the second-most visited State Park in Florida last year.

Supporters are working to build a Visitor Center that will inspire appreciation, understanding and stewardship of our barrier island environment. Hands-on displays and flexible space for classes and meetings will encourage people of all ages to discover the importance of protecting our fragile ecosystems.

People love Florida for its beaches, fishing, and natural beauty. Inspiring them to take care of our ecosystems will benefit Florida for generations to come.

You can help! Call Susan Suarez at 239-784-4521 for more information about joining us in this important project.

Record Number Visit

Record Number Visit — Jan 8, 2015

Lovers Key State Park welcomed more than 974,000 visitors in fiscal 2013-2104, making it the second most visited State Park in Florida last year.

Thanks to the Martin Foundation

Thanks to the Martin Foundation — Jul 8, 2014

The Friends of Lovers Key State Park would like to acknowledge a $20,000 grant from The Martin Foundation. The funds are specifically focused on assisting with the initial plans of the Capital Campaign for the Visitor Center at Lovers Key State Park. The money will be applied toward Board training,…

2014 Turtle Trot Breaks Record

2014 Turtle Trot Breaks Record — May 23, 2014

Over 600 people participated in the 9th annual Turtle Trot May 10th at Lovers Key State Park. They crossed the finish line at the beach-side pavilion and enjoyed refreshments, awards, and a dip in the gulf.

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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Winter 2014 Newsletter

Record-breaking Visitors, Upcoming Events, Members Mingle, Leave a Legacy

Fall 2014 Newsletter

New Junior Ranger Program, Cookbook Fundraiser, Question Corner and events calendar.

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