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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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  • A GREAT PLACE to take kids and get some exercise at the same time. The trails are interesting and the live residents (birds, mostly) are fun to watch. Well-placed benches and observation decks with... 
    A GREAT PLACE to take kids and get some exercise at the same time. The trails are interesting and the live residents (birds, mostly) are fun to watch. Well-placed benches and observation decks with...  more »
  • best for locals to get their 10,000 steps in - had hoped to see birds. The access path from the Sheraton was poorly maintained and muddy 
    best for locals to get their 10,000 steps in - had hoped to see birds. The access path from the Sheraton was poorly maintained and muddy  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 little nature preserve in Petaluma. If you’re staying at the Sheraton right by it then I would highly recommend taking a stroll on the trail during your stay. Dog friendly and lots of wild life!

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