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June 28, 2011 > Fremont parks chosen as next 'wonder' of Wonderopolis(r)

Fremont parks chosen as next 'wonder' of Wonderopolis(r)

The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) has chosen Fremont as a summer Wonderopolis(r) encouraging families to explore their own neighborhoods, finding wonder-ful places that often escape notice during the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

This is the second in a series of six weekly challenges that focuses on unique community "wonders." Fremont challenges will be posted each Monday at Families are encouraged to register and begin as soon as possible but can do so any time within the six-week period.

Participating families who successfully complete at least three of the six weekly challenges will be entered to win a five-day all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. To be eligible, the winning family must be available to travel between Aug. 21 and 28.

In addition, Wonderopolis(r) posts a national "Wonder of the Day(r)" at its website. Wonderopolis(r) can be found on Twitter and Facebook; a video is posted on YouTube and vimeo.

Fremont Wonder #2: "Which Fremont Park Is Your Favorite?"

This week's Wonderopolis Fremont Challenge is all about enjoying the wonder and beauty of Fremont's city parks. Choose one of the following challenges for your family to complete, and then share your experience at

Fremont is an outdoor wonderland filled with parks and natural open spaces that incorporate the natural beauty, history and diversity of the area - lakes, mountains, streams, baylands, marshlands, sports playfields and playgrounds. From the untouched lands of Mission Peak and those who hang glide above it to Alameda Creek that rushes through Niles Canyon and the Baylands that circle San Francisco Bay there is an abundance of outdoor fun for everyone.

Unspoiled beauty awaits visitors at Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge and the East Bay Regional Parks of Coyote Hills, Quarry Lakes or a walk along the Alameda Creek Trail. Historic venues including Ardenwood Historic Farm and Shinn Park combine fun and a peek back in time. Neighborhood parks offer a variety of activities too.

Central Park is one of Fremont's gems that provides a myriad of activities - boating, walking, playgrounds, picnic grounds and sports fields - including the summer series of concerts on Thursday evenings.

Outdoor fun is the key to Wonderopolis Challenge #2!

Go to a summer concert in Central Park! What instruments do you see on stage? What type of music do you enjoy most?

Visit the "Always Dream" Play Park (Central Park off Stevenson Boulevard). How is it different from other playgrounds you've visited? Did you learn anything about how people with different abilities can still enjoy playtime at the park?

Take a hike at one of Fremont's many parks. What types of wildlife did you see? What was your favorite part of the hike?

Post your challenge responses at:

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