26th Annual Pelican Island Wildlife Festival
Save the date - coming march 3, 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).
Live Wildlife Shows
Rehabilitated Pelican release (if available)
Arts & Crafts
Native Plants for sale
Kids' Activities and games
Various Food Vendors
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!
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
The image above shows the Photography Contest display at the Wildlife Festival.
Below is a slideshow video of all entries in the 2017 Photography Contest.