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Fairfield's Great Cardboard Regatta. Saturday, August 11th. Registration at 9:00 a.m. Regatta begins at 10:00 a.m.

Jefferson County Conservation and Fairfield Park and Rec are joining together for this summer's Cardboard Boat Regatta.

The Challenge? To design and construct a human-powered boat made of corrugated cardboard capable of racing a 200-yard course three times. The judges will be looking for lots of fun and interesting entries. Awards will recognize creative use of cardboard, team spirit, best- dressed team, spectacular designs, and more.

Boats need to be constructed in advance of the competition and must pass a technical inspection the morning of the event. No metal, wood, fiberglass resins, plastic or plastic epoxies, styrofoam, etc. are allowed in the construction of the boats. ONLY corrugated cardboard, duct tape, glue, latex caulking and outdoor paint allowed. (Polyurethane for a topcoat is optional)

Teams can be made up of two to 8 crew members. Kids 8 years and over can be on the crew but all crews must have an adult (18 years or older) in the boat during competition.


FEE: $5 for individuals, families, and youth non-profits (4- H & Scouts). $20 for organizations and businesses.

You can register the morning of the event. Meets at Bonnifield Lake (Waterworks Park) in Fairfield. Registration and boat inspection at 9:00 a.m. Races begin at 10:00


For more information: a printable flyer and tips for boat building Click here (a PDF).

FOR MORE INFORMATION Call Therese at 472-4421 or e-mail therese@jeffersoncountyconservation.com


Need more info? Call Therese at 472-4421, or e-mail to therese@jeffersoncountyconservation.com


Naturalist Led Programs: What We Offer


The Jefferson County Conservation Board offers a variety of outdoor-related programs each year. During the 2015 - 2016 fiscal year, 3903 individuals took part in naturalist programs. The bulk of that number was school group related. (Every classroom in the Fairfield School District makes a trip to Jefferson County Park as part of their curriculum.) Teachers have an opportunity to take part in a field trip that can help expand what they are studying in the classroom and in the process give the kids a hands-on, in-touch-with-nature experience. To schedule a field trip for your classroom contact Therese by calling 641-472-4421 or e-mail her at therese@jeffersoncountyconservation.com.

Naturalist-led programs are also offered for the general public throughout the year. The programming varies from cultural history related programs such as basket making, maple syruping and the annual Dutch Oven Cook Off to outdoor recreation classes such as canoeing and kayaking. Natural history related programs make up the bulk of the naturalist-led programs for the public and might include an indoor class on pond management or outdoor hikes and trips to go wildlife watching, stargazing, or rock hunting. You can learn about upcoming programs by visiting this website, e-mailing therese@jeffersoncountyconservation.com and asking to be put on the newsletter mailing list or by looking up Jefferson County Conservation on Facebook.

Church groups, clubs and other organizations interested in a naturalist-led hike or presentation can contact the naturalist by phone (472-4421) or e-mail. Currently there is no fee charged for these programs unless there are supplies involved (i.e. basket making); or if the naturalist has to travel out of county, mileage may be charged.

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Nature Talk... by Therese Cummiskey

Need more info? Call Therese at 472-4421, or e-mail to therese@jeffersoncountyconservation.com

Mission Statement

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life in Jefferson County by acquiring, developing and managing public areas so that its citizens will have opportunities for quality outdoor recreation experiences, and to cultivate good land stewardship through natural history and environmental education activities.

Jefferson County Conservation Board, 2003 Libertyville Road, Fairfield, IA 52556
Call: 641-472-4421    Fax: 641-472-7911   E-mail: jeffersonccb@lisco.com
Updated 11-10-17


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