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Shollenberger Park, Petaluma

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4.1/5 based on 95 reviews on the web
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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  • I drove to this park for two reasons - 1) it's right behind Mrs. Grossman's sticker factory, and 2) I was looking for somewhere to run. It is a good 2.3-ish mile loop, but all of the water is sadly go...  read more »
  • DRY and little to no shade but good walking/ running trails. Rest rooms available and are kept clean 
  • I live 1 mile away from Shollenberger Park and have been there hundreds of times as my wife and I walk our dog there most nights. I am also a distance runner and have logged a thousand or more miles r...  read more »
  • This is a great place to go running. The trails weren't crowded but I seen bikers, walkers, bird watchers and it's pet friendly (on leash). The only downside to running here was the taste of mud in the dry air. All round a great place though! The view is good too.
  • Nice level loop - about 2/3 paved, the rest gravel. Water fountain and bathrooms by the parking lot.
  • Nice place to take a short walk and enjoy the wetlands. Never too crowded either.
  • Nice place to go and enjoy the birds while walking around the lake
  • love to walk there beautiful sceneries enjoy there with my the walk with my wife family friends gorgeous place to visit
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