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Shollenberger Park, Petaluma

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Shollenberger Park is a 165-acre (0.67 km2) wetland park located in Petaluma, California. Together with the 80-acre (320,000 m2) Alman Marsh, and 260-acre (1.1 km2) Ellis Creek which opened to the public in July 2009, a total of 505 acres (2.04 km2) 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 231 species of birds, according to the last survey, 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 501(c)(3) environmental and educational nonprofit, 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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  • At the edge of the Sheraton Petaluma property, and across a small foot bridge, the Shollenberger Park allows solitary walks to clear the mind while enjoying nature and solitude. 
    At the edge of the Sheraton Petaluma property, and across a small foot bridge, the Shollenberger Park allows solitary walks to clear the mind while enjoying nature and solitude.  more »
  • Put Rustic Bakery into your GPS. They bake here, not open to public. Bakery on left with parking on right and at end of driveway. Follow path toward treatment plant ponds with lots of wildlife or.....  more
    Put Rustic Bakery into your GPS. They bake here, not open to public. Bakery on left with parking on right and at end of driveway. Follow path toward treatment plant ponds with lots of wildlife or.....  more »
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  • Walk around the loop and rest at one of the many benches along the way. Cool birds and wildlife. Sunny with no trees looming over. Parking area in dirt and has restroom at beginning. Kind of nestled between office complexes. Awesome place to walk and get exercise.
  • Nice flat, wide trail. Great spot for birds and birding. Parking lot was 3/4 full at 9a on Monday. There is a bathroom with running water and a water fountain at the parking lot but nothing out on the walk.

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