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July 12, 2011 > 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 fourth 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 #4: "How High Is Fremont's Mission Peak?"

Today, the Wonderopolis Fremont Challenge takes a closer look at a natural landmark that defines the Fremont skyline!

This week's Wonderopolis Fremont Challenge is all about the natural beauty and history of the Mission San Jose District of Fremont. Choose one of the following challenges for your family to complete, and then visit the Wonderopolis(r) website to share your experience.

* Go for a family hike in Mission Peak Regional Preserve. Check out the trail map for hiking options in the area. Can you make it all the way to the top of Mission Peak? Don't forget your camera. The views are breathtaking. What animals did you see on your hike? Did you see any interesting plants or flowers? NOTE: A parking fee of $2-$3 may apply, depending upon where you hike.

* Take a self-guided tour of Mission San Jose. The Mission is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check in at the Gift Shop for information. What was the most interesting thing you saw at the Mission? What interesting facts did you learn about the Mission's history? Check out the cemetery and try to find the oldest tombstone. NOTE: An admission fee of $3 per adult and $2 per student applies to all tours.

* Make a Fabulous Fremont Photo Album! Grab a camera and head outdoors to enjoy your favorite sights in Fremont. Take family pictures at your favorite spots around Fremont and then turn them into a special photo keepsake. Why are these spots your favorite? What special memories have you made at these places? If you don't have a camera and like to draw, then create some artistic impressions of your family's favorite places in Fremont. Turn your drawings into an incredible art book for all to enjoy!

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