Programs Galore at Lovers Key in September

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Lovers Key State Park will host weekly programs on park history and wildlife throughout the month of September. Here’s the entire list of what’s coming up next month.

Friday, September 2nd at 10:30 a.m.
Seashell Walk
Program is free with paid park entry. Join a park ranger for a relaxing hike along the Lovers Key shoreline. Learn the names of the seashells that wash ashore at the park, fun facts about the creatures who craft them, and the shelling regulations that help protect these iconic Florida treasures. Space is limited; reservations are required. To register, visit www.LoversKey.Eventbrite.com.

Saturday, September 3rd at 10:30 a.m.
Walk on the Wild Side
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, explore our native butterfly garden, and enjoy a little local history along the way. Closed toe shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, and water bottles are highly recommended. Space is limited; reservations are required. To register, visit www.LoversKey.Eventbrite.com.

Wednesday, September 7th at 10:30 a.m.
Sensational Sharks
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 and feared by the public, what crucial role they play in our ecosystems, and what you can do to help protect them. Space is limited; reservations are required. To register, visit www.LoversKey.Eventbrite.com.

Saturday, September 10th at 10:30 a.m.
Walk on the Wild Side
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, explore our native butterfly garden, and enjoy a little local history along the way. Closed toe shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, and water bottles are highly recommended. Space is limited; reservations are required. To register, visit www.LoversKey.Eventbrite.com.

Wednesday, September 14th at 10:30 a.m.
Savvy Sea Turtles
Program is free with paid park entry. Join a park naturalist for an introduction to sea turtles, our savvy summer residents. Learn what sea turtles like to eat, where they live, and what you can do to help keep them safe on and off the beach. Space is limited; reservations required. To register, visit www.LoversKey.Eventbrite.com.

Friday, September 16th at 10:30 a.m.
Seashell Walk
Program is free with paid park entry. Join a park ranger for a relaxing hike along the Lovers Key shoreline. Learn the names of the seashells that wash ashore at the park, fun facts about the creatures who craft them, and the shelling regulations that help protect these iconic Florida treasures. Space is limited; reservations are required. To register, visit www.LoversKey.Eventbrite.com.

Tuesday, September 20th at 10:00 a.m.
Fishing Clinic
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. Space is limited; reservations are required. To register, visit www.LoversKey.Eventbrite.com.

Wednesday, September 21st at 10:30 a.m.
Great Gopher Tortoises
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 the ecosystem, and what you can do to help mitigate the current threats they face. Space is limited; reservations are required. To register, visit www.LoversKey.Eventbrite.com.

Wednesday, September 28th at 10:30 a.m.
Delightful Dolphins
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. To register, visit www.LoversKey.Eventbrite.com.

Friday, September 30th at 10:30 a.m.
Beach Cleanup: North Beach
Program is free with paid park entry. Join a park ranger for a beach cleanup at North 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, trash bags, pickers, pencils, and data sheets will be provided. Space is limited; reservations are required. To register, visit www.LoversKey.Eventbrite.com.

 

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