26th Annual Pelican Island Wildlife Festival

Save the date - coming march 3, 2018!

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
Various Food Vendors
Educational Presentations
Historical Reenactments
Amateur Photography Contest - click the link to the left for contest rules and entry info
Raffles & Silent Auctions
Boat Tours to Pelican Island - click to the left to prepay/register for a boat tour.

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

Click here for Exhibitor and Food Vendor online payment options
Festival Program - 2017
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.

                        Windsor, Vero Beach

                        Windsor, Vero Beach

Greg Hills Photographer

Dr. Jeffrey Slade, Sebastian Animal Hospital