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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  • If you've only got an hour or so and would like to walk a nice flat semi circular route on the river, this is it. Part of the walk is out to the river then it winds around to a cattail lined wetland a...  more »
  • Some people love this park as it is good for dog walking. It is also good for stepping in dog poop which has not been picked up. Trails are rough and uneven. At the end of the trail is the Petaluma Ri...  more »
  • Shollenberger Park is an excellent example of what a community can do to restore vital wetlands habitat so critical to our environment. The park provides a stop over as well as year round, nesting / r...  more »
  • 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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