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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  • August 10, 2017
    I personally don't find this walk all that pretty due to sparse trees, but it is right on the Petaluma River and always has a variety of birds to see. Good place to walk your dog, but they do need to ...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Good place for a walk, bird watch, and sit by the river. Trail is well maintained for bikes, large wheel strollers and dogs.  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    I come here at least three times per week. It's a bird sanctuary so there is much to see while getting exercise in. One lap is 2.2 miles but is connected to Ellis Creek on one end and theSheraton Hole...  more »
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  • July 4, 2017
    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.
  • March 8, 2017
    It's beautiful! Easy to walk (or run). Paved walkway or gravel. Relaxing.
  • March 15, 2017
    Packed too many people. Area needs places for people to go. Fenced off wilderness every where
  • May 31, 2017
    An easy walk around beautiful scenery with lots of birds to accompany your walk!
  • May 28, 2017
    Great place to go walking in Petaluma, nice views of wetlands, good for running too

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