“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.

An educational campaign to decrease the use of plastic straws in the US and beyond. We encourage restaurants to only serve non-plastic alternatives upon request. 

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

From inland communities to the coral reefs of the Florida Keys, students combine their inspiration, learning, and service to make a positive impact on our planet.

Upcoming Events


What: Join us the day after Valentine's Day to show some love to our ocean! Come share your ideas of what you can do to protect the ocean from a mile high and enjoy delicious food and blue drinks. A portion of drink proceeds will go to the Colorado Ocean Coalition.

When: Thursday February 15, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Where: Café Aion, 1235 Pennsylvania Ave, Boulder, CO 80302


Colorado Environmental Film Festival 

The Colorado Environmental Film Festival (CEFF) is a celebration of the power of film to inspire, educate, and motivate audiences. CEFF presents thought-provoking films and dialogue that raise awareness of a wide variety of interconnected ecological, social, and economic themes. The Festival provides an experience for the audience that goes beyond passive film viewing: CEFF inspires audiences into awareness and action.

CEFF hopes that the audiences will leave feeling that they can be a part of the solution to environmental problems. With a growing public awareness for the environment, the Festival aims to increase this groundswell through inspiring and educational films which hopefully will motivate people to go out and make a difference in their community and around the world.

The Colorado Ocean Coalition is looking for volunteers to help table on Saturday, February 24 from 10am-7pm. Please let us know if you'd like to sign up for a shift!


Ocean Rangers Volunteer Leadership Training


Our next training will be Saturday March 17 from 12pm-4:30pm in downtown Boulder (exact location TBD). Lunch will be provided. 

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

Please email Christine Evans with any questions or to register. 


Land-to-Sea Travel: Cuba! 

This trip is a GO! Join us and enjoy – explore – exchange:
  • Conservation in Cuba
  • Coral reefs of the southern coast which sustain rich marine life 
  • Our local partners:
    • Guanahacabibes, a NOAA Sister Marine Sanctuary in Maria la Gorda  
    • The Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation, a long-time protector of nature in Cuba.
    • Special guest Sr. Ariel Ricardo, a retired diplomat from the Cuban foreign ministry who worked with Jacques Cousteau aboard the Calypso
  • Birding in the Zapata National Park, the Caribbean’s largest wetlands
  • Viñales National Park and its 250 million-year-old loaf-shaped limestone mountains laced with caves and famous tobacco farms
  • Soroa Orchid Garden, with more than 20,000 plants including 700 orchid species and thousands of specimens of ferns
  • The colonial cities of Trinidad and Cienfuegos and Havana’s art and music scene

And most importantly…Cubans!


March for the Ocean

On Saturday 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. 

Our March for the Ocean (M4O) campaign will organize mass events including flotillas, marches, and rallies in our nation’s capital and around the country. Blue Frontier Campaign, the Inland Ocean Coalition, and 50+partners will mobilize an inclusive and diverse constituency to ensure we have a healthy ocean and clean water for future generations. The Inland Ocean Coalition and its chapters will be organizing events outside of the DC March throughout the country.