“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

2017 Swim Across the Caribbean 


Matt Moseley to Attempt First-Ever 'Swim Across the Caribbean

50 miles, four islands, three days: swim will benefit water organizations and monitor microplastics

Matt Moseley and his support team, including Coach Randy Soler, are planning to Swim Across The Caribbean for about 50 miles on July 17, 18 and 19, 2017. This first-ever swim will be from St. John’s to St. Thomas, St. Thomas to Vieques and then Vieques to Puerto Rico ending with a celebration at Puerto Del Rey Marina. It will follow World Open Water Swimming Association guidelines.

The swim is a benefit for the Scuba Dogs Society, who protect coral reefs and beaches, and the Inland Ocean Coalition, who prove that you don’t have to live on the ocean to care about it. The adventure will combine science and swimming. The 5 Gyres Institute will monitor microplastics through a specific protocol for one of the first data sets of plastic content in the Caribbean. The journey is being documented by renowned director of photography John Mans. Read more...


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Thank you to our donors who contributed to the Jack Johnson fundraising initiative. Thanks to Jack Johnson, the Johnson Ohana Foundation will continue to match every donation up to $2,500 until September 1st.