Pelican Island Wildlife Festival

25th Annual
Pelican Island
Wildlife Festival

Saturday, March 18, 2017
10:00am – 4:00pm
Riverview Park, Sebastian
600 U.S. Hwy 1, Sebastian, Florida

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. Thank you to all our sponsors for your generous donations and support! Please see our sponsors below.

The 25th Annual Pelican Island Wildlife Festival 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

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 – 10:30 am, 12, & 1:30 pm

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 – 2016
Exhibitor Information and Application – 2017
Sponsor Information – 2017
Food Vendor Information and Application – 2017

Online Payment/Registration Options

Exhibitor & Food Vendor Online Registration

Photography Contest

Photo: Vince Lamb
Photo: Vince Lamb

Entrants will submit digital images no later than March 5, 2017 via the photo contest entry website.  At the festival, a continuous slideshow using digital display will present the images and recognize the photographers.

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


Greg Hills Photography

Sebastian River Medical Center Disney's Vero Beach Resort
Windsor, Vero Beach

Florida Power & Light
CH Resort


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Indian River County Historical Society
Indian River County Historical Society

Supporting America's First National Wildlife Refuge – Est 1903