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Pelican Island Events for National Wildlife Refuge Centennial March 13-16, 2003


February 25, 2003

Tom MacKenzie, (404) 679-729

President Theodore Roosevelt established the first national wildlife refuge on March 14, 1903 at Pelican Island, Florida. Today, the National Wildlife Refuge System protects nearly 95 million acres, with 540 national wildlife refuges and thousands of wetland production areas.

Mark Your Calendar!

The Celebration of a
Century of Conservation
100 Years of the
National Wildlife Refuge System
March 13-16, 2003
Sebastian, Florida


Thursday, March 13
National Wildlife Refuge System Time Capsule Display Dedication
1:00 pm
Indian River Mall, Vero Beach, FL

Kick-off a weekend of events to celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Unveiling of the national time capsule display, with artifacts from
some of America's 540 national wildlife refuges.
Entertainment by The Peabody Orlando Ducks, Challenger the bald eagle, and President Theodore Roosevelt.

Friday, March 14
Centennial Celebration Ceremony
10:00 am.*
Riverview Park, Sebastian, FL

Celebrate the 100(superscript: th) birthday of the National Wildlife Refuge System at America's first - Pelican Island.
U.S. Postal Service First Day of Issue Ceremony for the Pelican Island commemorative postage stamp.
Entertainment by Voices of Liberty from the Walt Disney World Resort
Performance of President Theodore Roosevelt
Live wildlife demonstration by Jack Hanna of Wild Animal Adventures
* Arrive early to avoid traffic delays. Event will open at 9 am.

Arlo Guthrie Concert and Fireworks
7:00 pm
Riverview Park, Sebastian, FL

Live music by Pete Harris and Sebastian's own Arlo Guthrie. Sponsored by the City of Sebastian and Sebastian River Area Chamber. Fireworks to follow.

Saturday & Sunday, March 15 & 16
11th Annual Pelican Island Wildlife Festival
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Riverview Park, Sebastian, FL

First day opening of Centennial Trail and Observation Tower and Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge
U.S. Postal Service Pelican Island stamp booth
Live wildlife shows by Jack Hanna of Wild Animal Adventures and Jim Fowler of Wild Planet
Arts and crafts
Kid's activities
Live music
Environmental education activities
Boat tours to view Pelican Island

All events are free and open to the public.


Click here to see the Centennial Postcard

From one five-acre island grew the world's
greatest system of lands for wildlife......

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