Give Some Love to Lovers Key State Park on National Public Lands Day

By: Lauren Tjaden


Whenever I visit a State Park, I feel good.

That’s because at a Florida State Park, everyone is welcome. It costs almost nothing to get into one. You can kayak, or swim, or fish. You can relax and enjoy the great outdoors. The Parks are inclusive, not exclusive. And so much of the time, the parks are beautiful—boasting trails winding through forests of Pine, shell-strewn beaches fringed with sea oats, or mangrove swamps teeming with life.

I love to see people taking advantage of this bounty and to see that it is so richly appreciated. I love to see people having fun.

But our public lands can stand a little love too. And there’s a special joy in getting our hands dirty when it helps keep our land beautiful. National Public Lands Day provides an opportunity to spruce up these lands while helping us get back to some of the places we love.

 On Sept. 28, 2013, thousands of volunteers around the country will build trails and bridges, pull invasive weeds, plant trees, remove trash and have fun getting back to nature. At the same time, they’ll get quite a workout on America’s public lands- the gym with a view. They’ll learn about the human impact on parks and lands as well as take part in a service endeavor fed with the energy of volunteers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. Join the thousands who will take part in the 20th Annual National Public Lands Day and help do your part for America’s lands at Lovers Key State Park.

 Friends of Lovers Key, Inc will be hosting this event to maintain trails and pick up trash Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Lovers Key State Park (8700 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931).

If you’re in the area, you should go. The sand will feel sweet on your feet, and the work will feel even sweeter on your soul.

Details:  Volunteers must wear closed toed shoes. Water, sunscreen, hats, gloves and insect repellent are highly recommended. Pre-registration for this event is required. To register, or for addtional information, please call the Ranger Station at 239- 463-4588. 


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