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What's Happening?  ​

Ten goats from Twin Willow Ranch in Milan, MI​, are happily clearing and eating poison ivy and buckthorn on two of Gallup's islands from June 6th until June 27th. This pilot project is part of an ongoing effort to clear out the overgrowth and invasive shrubbery as park staff work toward a long-term maintenance plan. 

'Goatscaping', an old-fashioned solution to plant control, allows us to address poison ivy, overgrown brush, and invasive plants in non-chemical ways. Goats will eat invasive plants like honeysuckle and buckthorn, in addition to other plants like poison ivy. Check back for updates as the goats progress, before and after pictures, and our next steps regarding our long-term maintenance plan. 

The two islands (circled below) accessible by the foot​ bridge will be closed from June 6th through the duration. 

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Goat Talk & Walk + Volunteer Opportunity

While our goats are beautifying and enhancing our park, you can too! After a walk amongst the goats, while learning from the goat farmer himself and our park staff, you will have the chance to volunteer with Give 365. Volunteers will utilize the remaining time, likely about an hour, to accomplish a quick task. Note: volunteer project will be located at Gallup Park but not directly with the goats.

Monday, June 10th  6-8pm    

Wednesday, June 19th  10am-noon      

Monday, June 24th  6-8pm

View the Goat Talk & Walk Flyer

E-mail volunteer@a2gov.org or call (734) 794-6445 to reserve your sport. Walk-ins are welcome if space remains. Volunteers will be provided a Give 365 t-shirt. Meet at Gallup Park Canoe Livery, 3000 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor. Tour will depart promptly.


The Herd​

Click the picture below to read the goats' biographies and learn a little more about our new temporary staff!



​Additional Resources

Pilot Program Fact Sheet

Pres​​​​​s Release


Goats in the News

"Weeds got your goat? These goats will get your weeds" Novi Patch

"New York City park welcomes goats for weed eating" CBS News

"Goats are in charge of getting rid of poison ivy in this city" Associated Press​​

"Boston deploys goats against poison ivy in Hyde Park" ​Boston Globe

"Goats sink their teeth into poison ivy problem" USA Today

Goat helps with golf course maintenance [video] ​Usa Today Sports

​Contact Information

Give 365 | volunteer@a2gov.org | (734) 794-6445

Erika Pratt, ​Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator​ | epratt@a2gov.org | ​(734) 794-6445