“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. Much of the change we need 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

  Join us for our next Ocean Rangers Training!

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 COCO's work and we have many opportunities including water quality monitoring, outreach events, school and public presentations, creek clean-ups, blogging, social media and overall participation in the organization.

Our next training will take place Saturday, June 3 from 9am-1pm at Alfalfa's Community Room in Boulder. 

Ages 15 & up
Students: $10 donation with valid ID
Adults: $20 donation
Price includes training materials and COCO schwag 

  Join us for a week of events to celebrate our ocean!

The Inland Ocean Coalition will be celebrating World Oceans Day the first week in June. We will kick off with our biannual Ocean Rangers Training on June 3rd, followed by a Suck the Straws out of Boulder event and a day at Dinosaur Ridge to celebrate our ocean. Stay tuned for more!

  Enter to win Jack Johnson Tickets!
COCO is teaming up with Jack Johnson on his 2017 Summer Tour. His charity is matching donations we receive at the show or directly through September 1st, up to a total of $2,500.

All donations over $50 made before July 9 will be eligible to win two free tickets to Jack Johnson's sold out show at Fiddler's Green on July 14!