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".Before you head to Petaluma, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Petaluma road trip planning website , to make sure you see all that Petaluma has to offer, including Shollenberger Park.
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.
Shollenberger Park Reviews
Love to walk this park throughout the year!!! The changing seasons bring changing wildlife and it is always an adventure. Nice flat walking trail which encircles the water and is the perfect distance.... more »
Park is an open natural area centered around a small lake alongside a river on one side. Well-maintained path encircles the pond. Walking with two inquisitive dogs took us about an hour and a half to ... 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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