“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

4th Annual Boulder Creek Cleanup

Join us Saturday, September 30th for a fun filled volunteer day on Boulder Creek. Gettin' dirty to keep it clean. September 30 marks the date for our 4th celebration of our most local water, Boulder Creek, hosted by City of Boulder Parks and Recreation, Rocky Mountain Anglers, the Colorado Ocean Coalition, Big Red F Restaurants, and more! The Boulder Creek Clean Up is a 2.5 hour clean up of trash and debris from Boulder Creek between the mouth of the canyon, and 55th street.
The clean up effort is followed by an amazing BBQ cookout by Big Red F and the Post; and live music from the No Go Gillbillies. A day not to be missed. Join us on Saturday Sept 30 for a day of friends, family, and fun, as we give back to Boulder, and keep the creek clean and beautiful.
Trash tongs, trash bags, and gloves provided, but dress for the occasion. Call 303-447-2400 for more! Thank you Boulder.

October Creek Cleanup

Join us this October to show some love to our local waterways. In partnership with the Boulder Creek Waterkeeper Alliance, we will be cleaning up parts of 4 Mile Canyon Creek in North Boulder. If you'd like to attend, please bring work gloves and trash bags.  
Now Sunday, October 1, 2-3:30pm. 
Meet at Trailcrossing Community Park in North Boulder. From Broadway, go west on Lee Hill, take a left on either 8th or 10th street and park on Zamia. The park is between 8th and 10th on the south side of the road.  
Please email us with any questions. We hope to see you there!

International Ocean Film Festival

 We set sail for our tour‘s fourth voyage: In March 2017 the International OCEAN FILM TOUR Volume 4 is on its way with the best ocean adventures and environmental documentaries on board. 120 minutes packed with the most inspiring stories from the seven seas and the best water sports action of the year.
 Saturday, September 30, 7-10pm. 
The Dairy Arts Center at 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder, CO 80302. 
We will need 1-2 volunteers to help table at this event. If interested please let us know!

Boulder Rights of Nature Film: STRAWS

Join us for a free showing of STRAWS, a documentary film about straws and other plastic pollution in our ocean. The film illustrates how individuals, groups and business owners around the globe are reducing plastic straw use through education, outreach, policy development and the utilization of non-plastic alternatives. ​
There will be a post-screening discussion on what we can do to help solve this issue with the Colorado Ocean Coalition, Suck the Straws out of Boulder, and Boulder Rights of Nature. 
Wednesday October 4, 5:30-7:30. Doors open at 5:30 and film will start promptly at 6pm. 
Meadows Branch of Boulder Public Library, 4800 Baseline Road at Baseline and Foothills Parkway. ​

The Green Blue Fest (formerly Green Beer Fest) returns to the Historic Boulder Bandshell for the 5th year. The festival celebrates LIFE WITH WATER - from agriculture to outdoor recreation. 
This year's festival will feature: 
The Handmade in Colorado Expo with over 110 confirmed vendors showcasing Colorado arts, crafts, food and goods. Don't miss the After Party Fundraiser for COCO at the Boulder House (11th & Walnut) from 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm.
We are looking for volunteers to cover shifts from 1-4:30m and 4:30-8pm.