LFCC Professors, Rob and Ann Simpson, Assist in Production of Wildflower App

For Immediate Release:
December 22, 2014

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
svoth@lfcc.edu
Phone: 540-868-7134

Rob and Ann Simpson, Science Professors at Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC), have added another accomplishment to their growing list, a Falcon Guides app entitled, “Wildflowers of Shenandoah National Park.”  The two have written numerous books about nature and wildlife, and are avid proponents of preserving and protecting the environment.  Both are photographers, and have created many books about our National Parks.  One of those books spawned the idea for Falcon Guides to produce an app for individuals interested in the beautiful wildflowers of our area.

Both are Warren County residents and have collectively taught classes at LFCC for over 60 years.  Rob currently teaches Biology and Nature Photography and Ann, Anatomy and Physiology.  Ann was a student at LFCC in the mid-seventies and received two degrees in science and education. 

The couple has traveled extensively to areas such as:  Galapagos, Costa Rica, Trinidad, Tanzania, Madagascar, and other exotic places to capture some amazing pictures and enjoy the landscape.  They are now planning a group trip to Patagonia, South America, where students and others who have an interest in glaciers, leopard seals, pumas, and penguins are invited to attend.

In the past eight years, the Simpson’s have written and taken all pictures for twelve books that highlight some of the National Parks across the United States.  Three of those books (Nature Guides to Rocky Mountain, Blue Ridge Parkway and Shenandoah National Parks) have won awards from the Virginia Outdoor Writers Association.   They said, “We have seen breathtaking sunrises, waterfalls, geysers, quiet meadows, and mountain streams; along with battling bull elk joisting over their right to supremacy and whitetail deer giving birth. We hope that our photos and writings will help others come to appreciate, love, and protect nature in a fragile world.”

For more information regarding books, apps, or future trips, contact Professors Ann or Rob Simpson, by telephoning 540-868-7000, or by emailing asimpson@lfcc.edu. To listen to a recently aired radio broadcast of the Simpson’s on The River 95.3 go to: www.lfcc.edu/podcasts.

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Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.

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