These Goats Are Doing Important Work at Lynden Sculpture Garden

They’re tasked with eating their way through the buckthorn.

The goats at Lynden Sculpture Garden; Photo by Aaron McLaughlin

Hungry goats have arrived at the Lynden Sculpture Garden in River Hills and already are eagerly munching their way through the troublesome buckthorn on the property.

Over the next two to three weeks, the goats will graze in various areas to control the woody invasive species. This is one part of the garden’s prairie restoration plan that also includes targeted treatments and prairie burns. The goats are currently on the west side of the property in what is called the lower ravine area. The garden’s labyrinth offers prime viewing.

Kettle Moraine Grazing is providing a herd of 30 goats that is currently in residence at the garden. The goats are expected to be invited back for subsequent growing seasons for more grazing.

The Lynden Sculpture Garden is offering safety tips when visiting:

  • The goats are surrounded by an electrified fence that shouldn’t be touched by humans or canine visitors. Dog day at the garden is Saturday.
  • Don’t attempt to feed, pet or taunt the goats.

The Lynden Sculpture Garden features a collection of more than 50 monumental sculptures across 40 acres of park, lake and woodland. The sculpture garden is open Fridays through Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thursdays and open until 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays during the summer).

The Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium, a broad-based coalition that promotes efficient and effective management of invasive species, awarded funding for the project.


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A goat at Lynden Sculpture Garden; Photo by Aaron McLaughlin
A goat at Lynden Sculpture Garden; Photo by Aaron McLaughlin
The goats at Lynden Sculpture Garden; Photo by Aaron McLaughlin

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Rich Rovito is a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine.