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Wausau, Wis.

Get Goats to Eat Your Weeds!

July 9, 2024, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Join Dr. Holly Petrillo and her goats to discover how they are being used as powerful allies in managing forests sustainably. See goats in action as they combat unwanted woody and invasive plants, such as buckthorn, honeysuckle, brambles, spotted knapweed, and more! Whether you’re a landowner, conservation enthusiast, or simply curious about innovative conservation practices, learn about how the city of Wausau is using goats in Barker-Stewart Island Park.


Registration Fee

$25 or $10 for LIFE Members. LIFE members should contact UWSP Continuing Education to obtain the promo code used at registration.

Registration Deadline

July 8, 2024

Cancellation Policy

Requests received by July 8, 2024, ​will be granted a full refund. No refunds will be given on or after July 9, 2024. To receive a refund, please submit a request to the Wisconsin Forestry Center.

Target Audience

This workshop is designed for LIFE members, landowners, and nature enthusiasts.​ Find out more about becoming a LIFE member.

Workshop Information

The workshop will begin in a classroom on the UWSP at Wausau campus and will end at Barker-Stewart Island Park, where attendees will see the goats in action!

Seating is not available at the park, so we encourage you to bring a chair. You will not need to walk off-trail, but if you choose, you will be allowed to go into the fenced area where goats will be grazing. Trail conditions can be unpredictable and trail surfaces may be uneven. Dress for the weather, wear sunscreen and bug protection, and bring your water bottle.

Attendees will be emailed additional information about parking, weather, etc. prior to the event.


Holly Petrillo, Ph.D.

Professor of Forestry, UW-Stevens Point

Holly Petrillo is a Professor of Forestry at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and co-owner of Liberation Farmers in Almond, Wis. Holly teaches courses, workshops, and trainings related to forest health, entomology, and pathology. Holly’s professional interests are related to disturbance impacts in forests, including insects, diseases, and invasive organisms, and also how climate change impacts forest ecosystems.