26th Annual Pelican Island Wildlife Festival at Riverview Park

The Pelican Island Wildlife Festival celebrates the anniversary of the establishment of the nation’s first National Wildlife Refuge.
The Pelican Island Wildlife Festival celebrates the anniversary of the establishment of the nation’s first National Wildlife Refuge.

SEBASTIAN, Florida – The 26th Annual Pelican Island Wildlife Festival will be Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Riverview Park in Sebastian from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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! The Pelican Island Preservation Society and the City of Sebastian are hosting this event.

The 26th Annual Pelican Island Wildlife Festival this year celebrates the 115th anniversary of the Pelican Island NWR. President Roosevelt will be there once again as our Master of Ceremonies, to celebrate with gusto, and teach everyone 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 premiere Theodore Roosevelt interpreter, Joe Wiegand, (learn more about Joe at www.teddyrooseveltshow.com).

ACTIVITIES

  • 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 – http://www.firstrefuge.org/photo-contest
  • Raffles & Silent Auctions
  • Boat Tours to Pelican Island – http://www.firstrefuge.org/piwf-boat-tour-registration

There is no fee for admission or 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.

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About Tina Hodges
Tina Hodges moved to Sebastian with her family in 1980 and has lived in the area ever since. After graduating from Sebastian River High School, she studied at Indian River Community College. Tina worked at Dooney & Bourke for many years before she became a full-time travel writer. Tina joined Sebastian Daily in 2016.
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