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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  • Love to catch a walk with friends at this bird sanctuary with level path and easy access. Such a great escape from town but only minutes away.  more »
  • Great place to see basking turtles and many different varieties of birds. People walk their dogs, others ride bicycles or just stroll the long paved path. Nice sunset and river viewing. Educational; b...  more »
  • Located next to the Petaluma River, this wildlife area has both bike and pedestrian paths. The circuit is just over 2 miles, with benches along the route for a rest. Greta for all ages, as long as you...  more »
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  • Beautiful, beautiful park. So close to 101, but you're in a different world. Well maintained. Tons of birds, sunshine, water, wetlands, and friendly people! Easy, flat pathways.
  • Great place to bring the pup. Can walk for minutes, or a few hours. Ample wildlife and scenery changes
  • Really enjoy the wildlife present at this city park. Easy 2 mile walk around the wetlands.
  • Great place for a nice, quiet, relaxing walk! Plus, there's definitely lots of good birdwatching opportunities along the way! The entrance is a little challenging to find though, if you're not familiar with the area.
  • Easy aces for walks on the river. 3 different paths you can walk for 6 miles easily.

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