Christmas Trees for Goats

 Goat Christmas Tree Recycling Program 2017 – Goat Dispatch and River Bend Nature Center

All Trees to be dropped off at River Bend Nature Center in Faribault.  Address is

River Bend Nature Center
PO Box 186
1000 Rustad Rd
Faribault, MN 55021

Drop off zone is on the East end of the parking lot near the interpretive center.  About once a week we bring a trailer and load up the trees and bring them back to our farm.  If you would like to see goats eating Christmas Trees you are encouraged to attended the Winterfest Event Jan 21st and River Bend Nature Center.  More details below.

Faribault, Minn. 1/4/2017 — For a second year, River Bend Nature Center is teaming up with local company Goat Dispatch to offer a unique “recycling” opportunity for real Christmas trees and wreaths. Goat Dispatch, owned by Jake and Amanda Langeslag, specializes in land management using goats to remove invasive and pest plant species and uses Christmas trees as a winter treat for their goat herd. Feeding the trees to the goats keeps the trees out of the landfill, puts them to good use as browse for the goats during the plant-free months, and uses the goats’ natural digestive processes to “recycle” the trees.

Community members are invited to donate their real Christmas trees and wreaths to the Goat Dispatch goats by dropping them off at the River Bend Nature Center parking lot in the area marked for tree donations. A free-will donation to River Bend Nature Center is encouraged if dropping off a tree or wreath. Money raised by the tree drop-off program will support the work of River Bend’s Restoration Club land management volunteer team. Trees need to be free of ornaments, metal, stands, and cannot be flocked. No tree pick-up is being offered this year.

The public is also invited to meet the Goat Dispatch goats at River Bend’s WinterFest celebration on Saturday, January 21st. For more information, visit River Bend’s website at or call them at 507.332.7151.

River Bend Nature Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that specializes in nature and environmental education. The Nature Center includes 743 acres of original and restored natural lands with over ten miles of trails that are open to the public 365 days per year. River Bend Nature Center relies on donations and memberships to fund its operations, please join and give today. River Bend Nature Center is located on the east side of Faribault, Minnesota, follow the brown nature center signs from the intersection of Shumway Ave. and MN Hwy 60. For more information about River Bend Nature Center or their upcoming programs, visit them on the web at, on Facebook at, or on Twitter @riverbendMN.


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