26th Annual Pelican Island Wildlife Festival

Save the date - coming march 10, 2018!

Thanks to all the participants and volunteer who helped make our 25th annual wildlife festival another amazing success!  A good time was had by all, and we hope you had the chance to have fun and learn something.  And of course to the chance to meet President Roosevelt, our Master of Ceremonies!

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 25th Annual Pelican Island Wildlife Festival this year celebrates the 114th anniversary of the Pelican Island NWR.  President Roosevelt will join 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).

Teddy Views Pelican Island Photo: Susan King

Teddy Views Pelican Island
Photo: Susan King


Live Wildlife Shows
Rehabilitated Pelican release (if available)
Environmental Exhibitors
Arts & Crafts
Native Plants for sale
Kids Activities and games
Various Food Vendors
Educational Presentations
Historical Reenactments
Amateur Photography Contest
Raffles & Silent Auctions
Boat Tours to Pelican Island

The event is free with free parking.  Boat Tours are $20/person (free under 3 years of age), and 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!

Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Information and Forms

Festival Program - 2017
Exhibitor Information and Application
Sponsor Information
Food Vendor Information and Application

Photo: Vince Lamb

Photo: Vince Lamb

Entrants will submit digital images no later than March 5, 2017 via the photo contest entry website.  Please visit the entry site for full details and rules.  At the festival, continuous slideshows using digital displays will present the images and recognize the photographers.

Check back soon for a slideshow of this year's entered photographs.  We are working on creating the show to post here on our website and hope to have it available soon.

Click here for the Web gallery to view the winning photos and all finalists from the 2016 festival.