27th Annual Pelican Island Wildlife Festival
Saturday, march 9, 2019
Riverview Park, Sebastian - 10 AM to 4 PM
To help make the festival a success each year, PIPS relies on numerous volunteers the day of the event. If you are interested in information about volunteer opportunities or how to register to help out, visit our Festival Volunteers page. It's not too early to let us know that you would like to help with next year's celebration!
The Pelican Island Wildlife Festival celebrates the anniversary of the establishment of the nation’s first National Wildlife Refuge, on March 14, 1903, by President Theodore Roosevelt! Hosted by the Pelican Island Preservation Society and the City of Sebastian. Please see our sponsors below. Thank you to all our sponsors for your generous donations and support!
The 2018 Pelican Island Wildlife Festival this year celebrated the 115th anniversary of the Pelican Island NWR. President Roosevelt joined us once again as our Master of Ceremonies, to celebrate with gusto, and teach us about the history of Pelican Island and his efforts to protect its birds. President Roosevelt is brought to life for us by the country’s premier Theodore Roosevelt interpreter, Joe Wiegand, (learn more about Joe at www.teddyrooseveltshow.com).
Live Wildlife Shows
Rehabilitated Pelican release (if available)
Arts & Crafts
Native Plants for sale
Kids' Activities and games
Country Kettler's Korn
Kona Ice of Indian River
Lisa Lloyd/Curtis Musgrove
Rotary Club of Sebastian
Sea Turtle Concessions
Snowballs New Orleans Style
Amateur Photography Contest
Raffles & Silent Auctions
Boat Tours to Pelican Island
Center Stage Schedule
(subject to change)
10 am - Opening Ceremonies, American Legion Post 189 Color Guard and National Anthem
Welcome by Steve Massey, PIPS President, City of Sebastian, Indian River County
10:45 am - Ruth Stanbridge, IRC Historical Society, Pelican Island/Jungle Trail History
11 am - Photography Contest Winners/Awards, Patty Corapi, Photo Contest Coordinator
11:15 am - Paul Tritaik, Project Leader, J. N. Ding Darling NWR, chat with Anne Michael
11:45 am - Birds of Prey/Wildlife Demonstration, Tim Brown, Treasure Coast Wildlife Center
1 pm - Pelican Island and Archie Carr NWR, Bill Miller, Project Leader, Everglades Headwaters
1:30 pm - Birds of Prey/Wildlife Demonstration, Tim Brown, Treasure Coast Wildlife Center
2 pm - Conservation/Pelican Island NWR History, Teddy Roosevelt Reenactor Joe Wiegand
3:30 pm - Photo Contest Silent Auction Winners & Raffle Drawings (need not be present to win)
The event is free with free parking. Boat Tours are $20/adult, $10/child under 10 years (free under 3 years of age).
Food and drink will be for sale, as well as environmental themed crafts and art.
Be sure to stop by the PIPS tent/festival headquarters for an event flyer, information, memorabilia, boat tour tickets, and membership information!
Information and Forms
Exhibitor Information and Application
Food Vendor Information and Application
Photography Contest Rules and Information
The image above shows the Photography Contest display at the Wildlife Festival. Please click here for the Photography Contest information page, with access to the full Rules and Information for entry in the contest.
Below is a video of all entries in the 2018 Photography Contest. Photo Contest winners were:
Best in Show - Linda Leonard, "Fishing in the Rain"
First Place - Chuck Palmer, "Natural Patterns"
Second Place - Susan Grube, "Blue Cypress Foggy Morning"
Third Place - Chuck Palmer, "Her Secret path"
First Place - David Sime, "Dragonfly on Horsemint"
Second Place - Jennifer Lanam, "Florida Sunshine"
Third Place - Cheryl Howard, "Dragonfly"
First Place - David Sime, "Two for One"
Second Place - Maria Heffernan, "Morning Catch"
Third Place - Don Martin, "Home Building"