“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


Ocean Rangers Volunteer Leadership Training

Our next training will be Saturday March 17 from 12pm-4:30pm at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at CU - 1333 Grandview Ave, Boulder, CO. Lunch provided by Snarfs! 
This fun and dynamic training covers topics including watershed health, sustainable seafood, plastic pollution, ocean acidification, microbeads, strategies for effective advocacy, 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. 
This training features special guest presentations by Billy Causey, Senior Policy Advisor at NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the National Marine Protected Areas Center, and a representative from the Ocean Conservancy who will discuss national fisheries policy. 
Ages 15 & up
Students: $10 donation with valid ID
Adults: $20 donation
Price includes training materials and lunch
Topics Covered in Training:
  • Land-to-sea messaging and presentation by Founder & Executive Director covering issues affecting our watersheds, rivers, lakes, and ocean.
  • Special presentations by guest speakers on current ocean and legislation, marine protected areas, and sustainable seafood.
  • Opportunities to sign up for volunteer activities or projects.
  • Activity Station: Tabling 101, how to use the watershed model, running a plastic pollution demo, microbead learning activities, and more.
  • Volunteer Handbook and expectations for being a community leader.

If you have any questions or can't make this training but would like to be notified of future trainings, please contact Christine Evans: cevans@inlandoceancoalition.org

Once you have registered, please pay online before the training. 

March 12-14 | Hyatt Regency Aurora Conference Center

The Colorado Ocean Coalition is a proud partner of this year's Solar Energy Industries Association's (COSEIA) 2018 Solar Power Conference! Read about all the exciting conference activities here!

Established in 1989, Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association is the award-winning nonprofit association leading Colorado’s solar industry. The mission is to expand solar markets and to generate jobs and prosperity for the people of Colorado. Together with hundreds of solar business members, COSEIA works to advance solar policy, remove market barriers, highlight emerging trends, and promote solar outreach and education.

 March Blue Drinks with Ocean First


Join us for a special Collaborative Blue Drinks with Ocean First, featuring a talk by Matthew Moseley, extreme open water swimmer and Inland Ocean Coalition Advisory Board Member. Moseley has been nominated for Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association and uses his record-breaking adventure swims to bring awareness to water pollution issues. He will be sharing stories from his swims and how to Find the Fish Inside You.


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.