Photo courtesy 1000 Islands

KAUKAUNA — The popular invasive plant eating goats will return to the 1000 Islands Nature Center this fall, and signups for volunteers are under way.

The goats will return to the Conservancy Zone on Sept. 26 and staff is looking for volunteer goat watchers.

Use the signup linked below to learn more and select a volunteer time slot.

In order to make this opportunity available to as many people as possible, please only sign up for ONE time slot. Additional slots can be chosen beginning Sept. 17.

Sign up here:

1000 Islands is looking for volunteers to supervise the goats and inform the public about the purpose of the goats.

Also, Goat Watchers will be able to enter the browsing area to help pull down branches for the goats to eat. The goats will be working at the Nature Center from September 26-October 7.

The program goes back to 2018 when 1000 Island began bringing in goats from Mulberry Lane Farm, to help manage invasive and other unwanted plants from the Conservancy Zone.

The goats are encouraged to browse on plants each day for 2 weeks. This technique, done multiple times over the course of a few years will stress out the plants and stunt their growth giving native vegetation a chance to recover and grow.

Visitors are welcomed to come and watch.


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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.