Lovers Key Releases Full 2023-2024 Schedule of Programs

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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Lovers Key State Park will present weekly programs on park history and wildlife throughout the December 2023 to April 2024 season. Here’s the full schedule…

The park offers many recreational opportunities for visitors with disabilities. For assistance with accommodations, please contact the park office at 239-707-6328.

Recurring Events:
Beach and Estuary Walk

1st Friday of December 2023 through April 2024
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Program is free with paid park entry.
Join a park ranger for a leisurely hike along the beach and estuary shorelines of Lovers Key. Discover the natural beauty of both ecosystems as you encounter the seashells, crustaceans, birds, and other creatures that reside amongst these waterways.
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Beach Cleanup
1st Saturday of December 2023 through April 2024
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Park entrance fee is waived for participants.
Join a park ranger for a beach cleanup at South Beach. Enjoy a lovely hour on the beach as you do your part to keep our state park (and planet!) clean. Participants will record the types of trash they collect, and the findings will help inform park messaging. Gloves, buckets, pickers, pencils, and data sheets will be provided.
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Fishing Clinic
2nd Tuesday of December 2023 through March 2024 and 3rd Tuesday of April 2024
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Program is free with paid park entry.
Join two park naturalists to learn more about fishing in Southwest Florida. You’ll discuss a variety of tackle and fresh bait rigs, discover the best places to drop a line at the park, and learn the rules and regulations for fishing in Southwest Florida.
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Walk on the Wild Side
3rd Friday of December 2023 through April 2024
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Program is free with paid park entry.
Join a park ranger for a guided hike along our Black Island Trail. Learn about the fascinating vegetation and wildlife that reside in our maritime hammock ecosystem and enjoy a little local history along the way. Closed-toe shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, and water bottles are highly recommended.
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Junior Ranger Day
3rd Saturday of December 2023 through April 2024
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Program is free with paid park entry.
Join park staff for a Junior Ranger educational program and accompanying activity. Each day will explore one of the four components of the Florida Park Service’s Junior Ranger program: natural resources, cultural resources, recreation, and service. Participants will be eligible for Junior Ranger passport stamps with the successful completion of the program.
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All About Alligators
Select Wednesdays in December 2023, January 2024, and March 2024
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Program is free with paid park entry.
Join a park naturalist to learn more about our local alligators. Learn why alligators are integral members of our Southwest Florida ecosystems, what you can do to safely co-exist with them, and how you can help protect our state reptile.
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Sensational Sharks
Select Wednesdays in December 2023, January 2024, and March 2024
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Program is free with paid park entry.
Join a park ranger for an interesting and informative lecture on sharks, the ocean’s most sensational residents. Discover why these awe-inspiring elasmobranchs are often misunderstood by the public, what crucial roles they play in our ecosystems, and how you can help protect them.
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Munchin’ Manatees
Select Wednesdays in December 2023, January 2024, and March 2024
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Program is free with paid park entry.
Join a park naturalist for an interesting and informative lecture on our local, loveable manatees. Learn what these magnificent mammals are all about, and how you can help protect them. Live manatees are not included in this lecture. Space is limited; reservations are required.
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Great Gopher Tortoises
Select Wednesdays in February 2024 and April 2024
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Program is free with paid park entry.
Join a park naturalist to learn more about our resident gopher tortoises. Discover the differences between a turtle and a tortoise, why gopher tortoises are so important to the health of their ecosystem, and what you can do to help mitigate the current threats they face.
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Magnificent Mangroves
Select Wednesdays in February 2024 and April 2024
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Program is free with paid park entry.
Join a park ranger to discover the magnificence of mangroves, Florida’s most vital intercoastal plants. Learn how to identify each of the three true mangroves native to Florida, what special adaptations allow them to thrive in saltwater environments, and how Florida law protects these critical coastal dwellers.
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Delightful Dolphins
Select Wednesdays in February 2024 and April 2024
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Program is free with paid park entry.
Join a park naturalist to learn more about our local dolphins. Discover the unique anatomy of these marine mammals, how they help maintain balance in the food web, and what you can do to keep them safe. Space is limited; reservations are required.
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Special Events:
Gopher Tortoise Day Festival
Wednesday, April 10, 2023
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
A myriad of guided and unguided gopher tortoise activities will take place at the Welcome and Discovery Center.
For guided activities, space is limited; reservations are required. REGISTER

Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 20, 2023
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
All festival programs are free with paid park entry
Join us for a fun day of earthy activities to celebrate Earth Day at Lovers Key! From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., a myriad of guided and unguided Earth Day activities will be available for the whole family to enjoy at the Welcome and Discovery Center.
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Additional events are still being scheduled for January 2024 through April 2024. Keep an eye on our monthly press releases for more information.

Event registration can be accessed with the following QR code:

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  1. I volunteer at Lover’s key. When I arrived today the rangers were saying that they sent out the schedule for the season, and forgot November! There is a Sensational sharks talk tomorrow (Nov 4th) at 10:00 am and also on Saturday Nov 18th. Walk on the Wild Side guided trail walks are today and the 17 th at 10:00. Register on https://bit.ly/FOLKS-Events.

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