26th Annual Pelican Island Wildlife Festival

Saturday, march 3, 2018

Riverview Park, Sebastian - 10 AM to 4 PM

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 26th Annual Pelican Island Wildlife Festival this year celebrates the 115th 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
Food Vendors
    Country Kettler's Korn
    Kona Ice of Indian River
    Lisa Lloyd/Curtis Musgrove
    Rotary Club of Sebastian
    Sea Turtle Concessions
    Snowballs New Orleans Style
    TCBY/Florida Treats
    Tony's Gyros
Educational Presentations
Historical Reenactments
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
            NWR Complex

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) and may be reserved ahead of time by clicking on the link above.  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
Exhibitor Information and Application
Sponsor Information
Food Vendor Information and Application
Photography Contest Rules and Information

  Photo: Patty Corapi

Photo: Patty Corapi

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 slideshow video of all entries in the 2017 Photography Contest.

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