Rocket21 Member Selected to Participate in Yellowstone National Park International Press Tour for National Geographic Channel's New Mini-Series Event, Untamed Americas

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Rocket21, (the only social networking platform designed to safely connect kids and teens with professionals and experts representing industries, professions, passions, and movements that span the globe), joined with National Geographic Channels to announce the official participation of seventh grade Rocket21 member Tommy Whiteley in a four-day press tour for the new Mini-Series Event, Untamed Americas, to be held in Yellowstone National Park beginning May 6th.

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Rocket21, [the only social networking platform designed to safely connect kids and teens with professionals and experts representing industries, professions, passions, and movements that span the globe], joined with National Geographic Channels to announce the official participation of seventh grade Rocket21 member Tommy Whiteley in a four-day press tour for the new Mini-Series Event, Untamed Americas, to be held in Yellowstone National Park beginning May 6th.

As an official press member for the tour, 12-year old Whiteley will represent Rocket21 youth members from all across the country, and will be blogging and communicating with his peers on Rocket21 before, during, and after the trip. Rocket21 founders recommended Whiteley for the trip, based on his active participation on Rocket21, where he has expressed his deep passion, curiosity, concern, and knowledge regarding nature, animals, and the environment.

The tour will include stops in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley and Hayden Valley, with extensive opportunities to observe and learn about an amazing array of wildlife including gray wolves, mountain lions, black and grizzly bears, big horn sheep, bison, bald eagles, and many more. The trip will feature extensive interactions with filmmakers and wildlife experts and naturalists, including multi-award winning director and series producer Karen Bass, producer/cinematographer Andy Mitchell, and Yellowstone Expert and Naturalist Casey Anderson, as well as a screening of the premiere episode of the series, Untamed Americas: Mountains. The series is narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor, Josh Brolin, and will premiere in the U.S. June 10-11 on National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo MUNDO.

“Kids on Rocket21 have expressed an intense interest in having access to authentic experts and content in fields related to animals and nature,” said Mark Grayson, Rocket21 CEO. “We couldn’t be more excited to have Tommy representing our community as we begin this new collaboration with National Geographic Channels – which, among other things, will enable Rocket21 members to engage directly with their amazing experts.”

“We love the idea of kids and teens and their parents learning about “Untamed Americas” through the eyes of a student, especially one who has already developed such love and respect for nature,” noted Chris Albert, Senior Vice-President, Communications Worldwide & Talent Relations, National Geographic Channels. “The potential for youth engagement with our content and experts through this dynamic, new alliance with Rocket21 is significant and enhances the collaboration with our partners at National Geographic Education to connect with youth, parents and educators.”

“I was first drawn to Rocket 21 as a way to broaden my lifelong love of animals. This new Rocket21 project with National Geographic Channel is exactly what I envisioned,” added 7th grader, Tommy Whiteley. “It is an honor to be asked by Rocket 21 to represent my generation of future naturalists on this amazing trip to Yellowstone. I look forward to meeting all of these talented people responsible for the making of Untamed Americas.”

The Yellowstone National Park press tour is the first step in a new collaboration between Rocket21 and National Geographic Channels.

About Untamed Americas:
Untamed Americas is produced by National Geographic Television for National Geographic Channels. For National Geographic Television, series producer is Karen Bass, producers are James Byrne and Andrew Mitchell, senior producer is Anne Tarrant and executive producer is Jonathan Halperin. For National Geographic Channels, executive producer is Ashley Hoppin, and executive vice president of programming is Michael Cascio. Education materials are available at natgeoed.org/untamedamericas. For more information on the series, visit natgeotv.com/untamedamericas.

About Rocket21:
Rocket21 is the only social networking platform designed to safely connect kids and teens with professionals and experts representing industries, professions, passions, and movements that span the globe. Rocket21 provides unprecedented access to world-class experts and organizations while protecting them with a combination of state-of-the-art, real-time filtering and human moderation, extensive safety and security precautions, and a specialized infrastructure designed to keep kids safe.

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About National Geographic Channel:
Based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Channels US are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Cable Networks. The Channels contribute to the National Geographic Society’s commitment to exploration, conservation and education with smart, innovative programming and profits that directly support its mission. Launched in January 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) celebrated its fifth anniversary with the debut of NGC HD. In 2010, the wildlife and natural history cable channel Nat Geo WILD was launched, and in 2011, the Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nation’s major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with NGC currently available in over 79 million U.S. homes. Globally, National Geographic Channels International is available in more than 380 million homes in 163 countries and 37 languages. For more information, visit http://www.natgeotv.com.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
National Geographic Channels
Chris Albert, National Geographic Channel, 202-912-6526, CAlbert(at)natgeotv(dot)com
Kristin Montalbano, Digital Publicist, 703-678-3678, kmontalbano(at)gmail(dot)com

Rocket21
Jodell Seagrave, Rocket21, jodell(at)rocket21(dot)com

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