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Shollenberger Park, Petaluma

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Shollenberger Park is a 165acre wetland park located in Petaluma, California. Together with the 80acre Alman Marsh, and 260acre Ellis Creek which opened to the public in July 2009, a total of 505acre are accessible to the public. The entirety is referred to as the "Petaluma Wetlands".Named after Richard Shollenberger, a park chief, the park is part of one of the last wetlands of its kind in the country. It is a bird watching paradise, attracting 225 species of birds, including threatened species. The Audubon Society has ranked Shollenberger Park as an important birding site, and the San Francisco Chronicle ranks it as a top destination for nature lovers. The park is home to rare animal and plant species, such as the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse.The park attracts 150,000 visitors annually and serves as an outdoor classroom for children as well as a wildlife research location. The Petaluma Wetlands Alliance, a committee of the Madrone Audubon, does habitat restoration, gives bird and wildlife tours, and provides a third grade educational program consistent with California Educational curriculum. Point Blue Conservation Science, a non-profit wildlife conservation and research organization, is located adjacent to the park.The area was formerly known as Cader Lane Ponds.
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  • A wonderful walk, a chance to see lots of birds! Clean, safe, easy to get to, and a paved road to walk on, with lots of benches to stop and just take in the area.  more »
  • This can be a two mile walk or you can make it more. Very flat but not all paved. Lookout viewing deck. Lots of parking. You can start at Starbucks and park there and take10 min walk to park. Lots of ...  more »
  • A great VERY easy walk around a lagoon and along the Petaluma River. Perfect for mobility challenged people. It's a paved path AND a parallel dirt path, so whether you want to walk on dirt or maybe ha...  more »
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  • We did the trail here. Great hike with the dogs. Plenty of trail to rack up about five miles or so. Nice and wide trail goes from gravel to dirt. Lots of wildlife to be seen, Harrier, swans, geese, jackrabbits, and more.
  • It's beautiful! Easy to walk (or run). Paved walkway or gravel. Relaxing.
  • Packed too many people. Area needs places for people to go. Fenced off wilderness every where
  • An easy walk around beautiful scenery with lots of birds to accompany your walk!
  • Great place to go walking in Petaluma, nice views of wetlands, good for running too