Members of the Friends of Lovers Key apply a wide range of skills and interests to a central purpose: to protect, preserve and support Lovers Key State Park. As a Citizen Support Organization for the park, the FOLKs raise funds to augment the park budget through special events and fund drives. These extra funds help with equipment needs, habitat preservation, interpretive programs and more. They also recruit volunteers and help with marketing.
The Board of the Friends of Lovers Key raises money each year to enhance the Park, supporting equipment needs, habitat preservation, interpretive programs and more. If you would like to serve on the Board, join the FOLKS and learn more about this fine organization.
Membership – Work with Membership Chair on administration of memberships and renewals.
Special Events – Volunteers are needed with events large and small! Decorating, organizing silent auctions, finding sponsors, graphic design, and more.
Communication and marketing – Work with Communication Chair to help write and send news releases, newsletter articles, and social media support, and set up speaking engagements at clubs and associations
Merchandise – Sell t-shirts at the Park and various public events, track inventory and manage shipping of phone or online order.
“I have so much enjoyed working with the FOLKS special events! As a member, I know that every dollar goes to supporting the park, and protecting this fragile coastal gem.”
FOLKS Volunteers also serve as official state park volunteers at the park. You can download an application here to drop off at the park office, or submit it on-line.
The volunteer coordinator will contact you to setup an interview to explore the volunteer opportunities further. The park will provide you with an orientation, training for your position, as well as a volunteer T-shirt and nametag.
Lovers Key Volunteer Coordinator:
Phone: (239) 463-4588
Beach and Estuary Park Ambassador – Help keep the beach safe and beautiful for visitors and wildlife by removing litter from the coastal habitats as well as talk with park visitors along the beach to answer questions.
Nurturing the native, eliminating the invasive exotic plants – Learn about native and exotic vegetation. Assist park staff in maintaining the important natural environments. Help us in our native plant nursery, exotic plant removal and native planting workdays.
Trail Trimming – Get out and enjoy the miles of park trails and help to ensure they are maintained safely for visitors.
Ranger Station and North Gate - Greet park visitors, collect entrance fees, issue park passes, and answer questions via phone and in-person.
Tram Driver – Enjoy a beautiful day outside, talking with and transporting park visitors across the pedestrian bridge that spans across the islands and estuary of the park.
Docent/ Roving Interpreter – Park adventures are led by qualified naturalists. Some have advanced degrees and years of experience while others are self-taught. Interpretive volunteers assist on tours and receive enrichment training to which they add their own unique approach and experiences.
Skilled and Unskilled Construction and Maintenance – From painting buildings to maintaining equipment to constructing facilities and other jobs that allow you to indulge your “inner contractor” while maintaining the park infrastructure.