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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

In the Media

Why the Piping Plover is in Danger -
How Lovers Key State Park is offering safe haven.

Photographing Shore Birds -
Tips for capturing the your best shot.

Treasure Hunting With Your Smart Phone -
Discover geocaching with the Lovers Key Geo-Challenge.

Profile in the Naples News

Least terns are back at Lovers Key - Ft. Myers

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,…

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.

Zadorecky Family Appreciated

Zadorecky Family Appreciated — Aug 24, 2013

On August 24, the Zadorecky Family gathered in the wonderful new butterfly garden at Lovers Key State Park to receive a certificate of appreciation for their financial donation to FOLKS. This gift enabled FOLKS to support the purchase of the band new Butterfly Sign in the garden for all to enjoy.…



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Summer 2015 Newsletter
Meet Chip, the Gopher tortoise, Photo Content, Osprey, Recent Events, Volunteer Spotlight

Spring 2015 Newsletter
Gopher tortoises, Volunteer Spotlight, Vow Renewal Photos, Upcoming Events

Winter 2014 Newsletter
Record-breaking Visitors,  Members Mingle, Leave a Legacy

Fall 2014 Newsletter
New Junior Ranger Program, Cookbook Fundraiser, Question Corner
Spring 2014 Newsletter
 9th Annual Turtle Trot, American Pickers – Lovers Key Version
Spring 2013 Newsletter
Fall 2012 Newsletter
Summer 2012 Newsletter
Fall/Winter 2011 Newsletter
Spring/Summer 2011 Newsletter
Winter 2011 Newsletter
Summer 2010 Newsletter