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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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  • 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 »
  • We went for a walk at Shollenberger Park, which is in Petaluma. There is nice water ways, river, grasslands to see. Its fun seeing the birds and other wildlife.  more »
  • Great 2 mile all flat walking trail through the marshlands. Lots of opportunities to see local birds and reptiles. Trail is paved and gravel. It was easy to push our stroller on. Dogs on leash welcome, bikes welcome. Lots of picnic benches and bench seats for viewing. Zero shade for the whole walk bring water and a hat
  • Big pond with a lake loop trail. No shade but I guess it's nice to have close by if you want scenic nature walk. The pond was full of swans!

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