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Rockton Pelican Fest 2023

May 20 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Rockton Pelican Fest is a celebration of the American White Pelicans migrating through the Rockton area and Nygren Wetland Preserve, the Rock River, wildlife and other natural assets surrounding Rockton, and promotes the local retail shops, eateries, and arts and culture of the historic Village of Rockton, Illinois.


Historic Downtown Rockton, Illinois and Nygren Wetland Preserve


Free Admission

For the Early Birds!

7:30 a.m. Birders Hike at Nygren Wetland Preserve. Starts at the Wildlife Overlook: 3714 W. Rockton Rd., Rockton, IL. Free. No registration. Arrive a few minutes early. The tour leaves promptly at 7:40 a.m. from the Overlook.


JR Finally Art Studio & Gallery, Village of Rockton, Sinnissippi Audubon Society, and Natural Land Institute are partnering together to plan and present Rockton Pelican Fest for the community to experience and enjoy. 


Visit downtown Rockton businesses, retail shops and eateries, outdoor vendor booths in the street/sidewalk area, participate in activities for kids and families, attend birding themed lectures and guided hikes. 

Festival attendees will also be encouraged to visit nearby Nygren Wetland Preserve (3714 W. Rockton Rd.) to look for pelicans and other wildlife at the Wildlife Overlook. Guided hikes will be provided at Nygren Wetland at specified times throughout the day (times tba).

Want to be an Event Sponsor or participating business? Contact Jill Golden at JR Finally Art Studio and Gallery: 815-742-4631, goldrays910@gmail.com for information about this opportunity.


Downtown Rockton, IL
Main and S Blackhawk
Rockton, IL, IL 61072 United States
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