The Goats Are Leaving; Let’s Say Goodbye

Riverside Park Conservancy is hosting a farewell ceremony for the seven goats that served as sustainability am-baaaa-ssadors this summer as part of their Goatham program.

The weed-eating goats, estimated to have devoured approximately 7,000 pounds of invasive vegetation, are bidding farewell with a ceremony as they return to their home in Rhinebeck, NY. Join the Conservancy, staff and volunteers in celebrating the goats, all while learning more about the Conservancy’s sustainability efforts.


With thousands of votes cast, the “Greatest of All Time” (GOAT) of 2023 will be crowned, alongside other awards. Goatham merch will also be available for purchase.

2023 is the fourth year that a herd of goats have spent their summer in Riverside Park. Four goats, Charlie, Chico, Cowgirl, and Mallomar, arrived in the Park in early July, kicking off their sustainability duties by breaking ground at the Conservancy’s new Compost Compound. In response to the escalating threat of invasive species driven by extreme weather and climate change, three new additions joined the weed-eating crew: India, Lemon, and Templeton.

The farewell ceremony will be taking place on Thursday, September 21 from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. at West 120th Street in Riverside Park. Anyone interested in attending can RSVP here (and vote for your favorite goat here).


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  1. Nick September 21, 2023

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