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Why Salamanders?

The humble salamander is French Broad River Academy’s mascot. But why? What makes salamanders worthy of mascot status? Here are some salamander tidbits so that you’ll be in the know… Fact 1: Salamander Capital of the World According to the Highlands Biological Station, the Southern Appalachians is one of the most biologically diverse regions on […]

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6th Graders Visit City Hall And Learn About The Malvern Hills Pool Issue

By Heath Alexander, 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher Sixth-graders from the FBRA Boys Program went to City Hall on Monday, May 13, 2024 to deliver letters to the Asheville City Council and Mayor on the topic of rebuilding the Malvern Hills pool, a community swimming pool in West Asheville that has been closed due to

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Groundbreaking on Woodfin Whitewater Wave June 2024

It’s official. Construction on the Woodfin Whitewater Wave and adjoining park expansion are slated to begin just days from now! The Town of Woodfin and the general contractor signed construction contracts on June 11, 2024. After years of planning, it’s finally GO TIME on Taylor’s Wave, located in Woodfin’s stretch of the French Broad River,

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The Most Dangerous Activity At Our School

By Felix Dowsley, FBRA Boys Program Director This essay first appeared on the website of The Mountain Tactical Institute. Every week, our school fields seventy two students and fourteen staff in an ever-rotating program of whitewater paddling, rock climbing, service work, and downhill skiing. I read every incident report and look for trends, hoping to

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Let My People Go Paddling

The Reason Our Staff Paddle By Will Yeiser, Executive Director and Co-Founder One of the many concepts that influenced the creation of the French Broad River Academy (FBRA) came from legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc. Yvon Chouinard.  In his book “Let My People Go Surfing,” he outlines his business approach of

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FBRA’s Top Five Family- Friendly Summer Outdoor Spots

Step outside of Asheville With These Five Family-Friendly SUmmer Outdoor Destinations We all know that Asheville is a mecca for outdoor adventure. It’s easy to pack up the gear and be in the woods in no time. However, if you’re seeking some fresh territory, then check out these five family-friendly summer outdoor spots just an

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Building Next Generation Whitewater Craft at FBRA: Riverskate 

David Miller Brings Riverskate to FBRA This spring a small group of FBRA students participated in the groundbreaking RIVERSKATE Design + Build + Paddle. This marked the debut of the riverskate, the first stand-up paddleboard (SUP) designed for whitewater freestyle.  Over three months, participants embarked on a journey from concept to creation. Starting with hand-shaped

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