27th Annual Pelican Island Wildlife Festival

Saturday, march 9, 2019

Riverview Park, Sebastian - 10 AM to 4 PM

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.  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 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).

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
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

The remainder of the 2019 Festival schedule has yet to be announced.

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!

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 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"

Windsor, Vero Beach

Windsor, Vero Beach

Ridley's Custom Framing, Palm Bay

Dr. Jeffrey Slade, Sebastian Animal Hospital

James Smalley Utility Buildings, Wabasso

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Vero Beach