Jim Covel, Director of Guest Experience Training and Interpretation

Areas of expertise:  Interpretation and Storytelling, General Marine Biology

Jim Covel has worked with the Monterey Bay Aquarium for the past 27 years and currently serves as the Director of Guest Experience Training and Interpretation.  He’s responsible for training over 700 staff and volunteers who share the wonders of Monterey Bay with more than 2 million aquarium guests each year.

Prior to joining the aquarium staff, Jim was on the faculty at both UC Davis and CSU Sacramento, teaching in the areas of environmental studies, recreation and resource management.  He has also worked with the National Park Service, California State Parks and several local park agencies developing and managing interpretive and education programs.

Jim grew up in Oakland, California where his father worked as one of the first park naturalists in the country.  As a boy, he grew up sharing a house with raccoons, fawns, owls, bats, porcupines, skunks and other wild orphans that his father brought home. (His wife is glad the aquarium doesn’t allow him to bring fish home!)

Outside the aquarium, Jim is a Fellow of the National Association for Interpretation, providing professional development and support for more than 5,000 interpreters in 34 countries.  He was honored as the 2008 Educator of the Year by the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.  Jim and his wife, Christine, appear throughout California at historic events as members of the Alta California Dance Company, interpreting California’s colorful past through dance.

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