Give Lovers Key Some Love on National Public Lands Day, Sept. 29

Lovers Key is so beautiful it's where my hubby and I renewed our vows for our 25th wedding anniversary.

Lover’s Key State Park is a little gem nestled against the waters of the Gulf, just a splash south of Fort Myers Beach.

You can stroll over its bridges and sunlight-dappled trails, and kayak, canoe, paddleboard or pedal-boat its inner waterways or those of Estero Bay. It boasts a maritime hammock, and abundant wildlife, next to the canal banks of Black Island. It also features a 2.5-mile beach heaped with white sand and shells, an expanse so beautiful it’s where my husband and I renewed our vows for our 25th wedding anniversary.

And now I have a chance to give a little love back to Lover’s Key – and you do, too.

On Sept. 29, 2012, in honor of National Public Lands Day, thousands of volunteers around the nation will build trails and bridges, pull invasive weeds, plant trees, remove trash and have fun getting back to nature. 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.

You can help at Lovers Key State Park, by helping to maintain trails and pick up trash Sept. 29, 2012, 9 a.m. -12 p.m. Then, spend the rest of the day enjoying the Park.

The rules: Volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes. Pre-registration for this event is required: just call the Ranger Station at (239) 463-4588.

Insider’s Tip: Bring water, sunscreen, a hat and bug repellent; it’s not going to be a day at the mall!

Directions: Lovers Key is located at 8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. The park boundaries are Big Carlos Pass and New Pass. The Park is 10.5 miles west of I75 on exit 116.

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