“How can we inspire communities to recognize that the ocean belongs to all of us?”


We are an inland movement that builds land to sea stewardship. Our vision is to support citizens and communities to take an active role in improving the impacts and relationships between the inland, the coastal, and the ocean.

Those who live among mountains, rivers and inland cities have a direct impact on the cycle of life in the ocean. The changes we need to make to address the largest threats facing our seas—lowering carbon emissions, reducing trash and pollution, eating sustainable seafood, safeguarding watersheds, promoting marine protected areas (MPAs)—can happen from anywhere in the world. 

In 2011, Vicki Nichols Goldstein founded the Colorado Ocean Coalition (COCO), an organization focused on inspiring inland communities to be stewards of our waters and ocean. Starting in 2015, other inland communities began forming Inland Ocean Chapters. In 2017, COCO responded to the growing network of Chapters and formed the Inland Ocean Coalition based on the premise that you don't have to see the ocean to protect it. 

Inland communities want to connect their actions to the ocean. Is there is an inland chapter near you? If not, consider starting a chapter with us!

Watersheds are a direct connection we have to all water. Our work includes cleanups, monitoring, and testing to keep water clean for all.

Positive participation in our local and national governments helps create healthy dialogue about the issues our waters and ocean face.


Volunteers are the heart of the inland movement. By providing hands-on training to engaged individuals, we create community leaders who enact positive change.

Engaging the community in fun and interactive events inspires local land to sea stewardship.

Upcoming Events


Save the Date for Our End of Year Fundraiser! 



Colorado Gives Day



We are proud participants of Colorado Gives Day—our state's biggest day of giving each year. Donating through Colorado Gives is a great way to have your donation dollars amplified as Colorado Gives Day features a $1 Million Incentive Fund, one of the largest in the country. Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado GivesDay receives a portion of the fund, increasing the value of every dollar donated. You can schedule your donation at the link below to help us in our mission of creating a movement that builds land-to-sea stewardship. 


CU Chapter Screening of Chasing Coral


The Colorado Ocean Coalition's CU Chapter is hosting an on-campus screening of Netflix documentary Chasing Coral. Please join us on December 1 in the Engineering Center RM.265 at 5:30 p.m. There will be snacks and drinks available for purchase along with many other organizations with informational tables. We hope to see you there!



Land-to-Sea Travel: Cuba! 

An exclusive insight into Cuba’s history, people, and nature
Here are just a few of the highlights:
  • Citizen science and conservation under the direction of our Cuban research partners at Guanahacabibes, a NOAA Sister Marine Sanctuary in Maria la Gorda
  • The opportunity to dive the coral reefs of the southern coast which sustain rich marine life
  • Birding with a naturalist from the Zapata National Park, the largest wetlands in the Caribbean, home to huge numbers of migratory birds and rare endemics like the bee hummingbird and Cuban screech owl
  • Soroa Orchid Garden, with more than 20,000 plants including 700 orchid species and thousands of specimens of ferns
  • Viñales National Park with its 250 million-year-old loaf-shaped limestone mountains laced with caves and famous tobacco farms
  • Exchanges with Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation, who are instrumental in the planning and implementation of marine conservation and active facilitators of our program in Cuba
  • An evening with special guest Sr. Ariel Ricardo, a retired diplomat from the Cuban foreign ministry who worked with Jacques Cousteau on the Calypso
  • Havana’s art and music scene and the colonial cities of Trinidad and Cienfuegos


Ocean Rangers Volunteer Leadership Training

Our next training will be Spring 2018. If interested in attending, please fill out this preference form and we will be in touch when we pick a date and time! 

This fun and dynamic four-hour training covers topics including watershed health, sustainable seafood, plastic pollution, ocean acidification, microbeads and more. After the training, volunteers will be equipped to take positive action and educate others, including students, legislative leaders, and residents, about land-to-sea stewardship. Volunteers are central to the work of the Inland Ocean Coalition and we have many opportunities for getting involved including outreach events, school and public presentations, creek clean-ups, blogging, social media and overall participation in the organization.

Ages 15 & up
Students: $10 donation with valid ID
Adults: $20 donation


March for the Ocean


On Saturday, June 9, 2018, join the March for the Ocean in Washington D.C. or join one of many simultaneous marches, flotillas, and water celebrations across the country!

June 9th, the day after World Oceans Day, we will school together by the tens of thousands to protect our Global Ocean and connecting waters, engage our neighbors and fellow citizens, and expand the diverse and youthful upsurge of activism that can restore the waters that give us life.