Roddenberry Adventures – Where Exploration Begins
Roddenberry Adventures is an exploration-based organization committed to discovery, education, and preservation of our environment.
What Is Roddenberry Adventures?
Roddenberry Adventures provides unique opportunities, both big and small, for members to walk out their front door and experience the world. From local hikes to scuba dives, from camping adventures to exotic travel, we offer global adventures to fit a variety of people with a variety of interests.
Members can take part in monthly activities and events, which may include local, camping adventures, local hikes, movie screenings, behind-the-scenes tours of aquariums, museums and facilities, outdoor recreation and scuba diving trade shows, science-fiction conventions, beach and underwater cleanups, educational seminars and domestic and exotic scuba diving trips.
Members will have the opportunity to experience unique adventures to “boldly go where no one has gone before,” to win prizes, receive discounts and attend special functions. Many of these events will include explorers, science and conservation experts and special guests from science and science fiction backgrounds.
Roddenberry Adventures Leaders
Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry
Eugene Wesley Roddenberry, Jr., is the guardian of the Roddenberry legacy and champions its timeless and universal ideals to new generations through creative and inspiring science fiction productions, merchandise, publishing, philanthropy and real-life adventures.
As the son of legendary science fiction producer, Gene Roddenberry,whose Star Trek series changed the face of television and continues to inspire today, Rod has followed in his father’s footsteps to be a catalyst in the creation of a world where humanity works together for the greater good to realize it’s potential.
Rod became chief executive officer in 2001 of Roddenberry Entertainment, a science fiction leader with a tradition of groundbreaking entertainment. Roddenberry Entertainment builds on the best of Gene Roddenberry’s work and continues to pioneer the development of a multi-media portfolio of smart and provocative science fiction that incorporates graphic novels, comics, television and film projects, including the critically acclaimed Trek Nation, which debuted in 2011.
Trek Nation is the documentation of Rod’s 10-year journey to explore his father’s life. The undertaking inspired him to fully embrace the vision Gene had for the world and invest himself in its future. One expression of this was the founding of The Roddenberry Foundation in 2010. The Roddenberry Foundation funds paradigm-changing solutions to critical global issues in science and technology, the environment, education and humanitarian advances. Having originally aimed for the stars, the Roddenberry legacy lives on in Roddenberry Adventures (formerly Roddenberry Dive Team). In the spirit of Star Trek, through which Gene sought to explore the human condition, Roddenberry Adventures was founded by Rod with the goal of promoting exploration through unique, perspective-shifting experiences. He leads the adventure-based team in its exploration of strange, new worlds, revealing the beauty and diversity that surrounds us and unites all species on Earth.
Jennifer Black grew up in the West Texas desert, an unlikely place to begin life for an avid Scuba diver and ocean conservation professional. Her love of adventure and passion for the ocean started at an early age during summer vacations to Florida beaches, but it was a family trip to Alaska during high school, which changed her life forever. An afternoon spent watching a Humpback Whale teach her calf to surface and breathe shaped a path to a career in ocean conservation and environmental preservation.
Jennifer has been protecting our marine and coastal resources for more than 14 years. She has managed and directed environmental education programs, marine policy efforts, promoted critical ocean conservation issues with local and national environmental non-profits and provided opportunities for divers to become better stewards of our environment.
Jennifer is the Vice President of Roddenberry Adventures (formerly the Roddenberry Dive Team) and will continue manage organization operations, coordinate and lead our adventures and work to inspire adventurers to become better stewards of our planet. Before joining the Roddenberry team, Jennifer was the Education & Marketing Director for San Diego Coastkeeper where she managed an environmental science program that reached more than 50,000 students annually. She has served as Outreach Coordinator for the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation in Washington, DC where she raised awareness about protecting and preserving our 13 national marine sanctuaries and worked to create new marine protected areas, including the protection of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Jennifer served as Communications Manager for the 18 member Pew Oceans Commission, communicating the commission’s findings and recommendations to members of Congress and Administration officials to help shape federal ocean policies.
Jennifer enjoys embarking on new and exciting adventures above and below the water, close to home and in far away places. She is a Divemaster and has been scuba diving for more than 25 years. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.