“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


Westminster Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration


Join us for the City of Westminster's Earth Day Celebration! The Colorado Ocean Coalition will be tabling alongside other Colorado nonprofits at this family-friendly event. There will be animals, prizes, yoga classes, a cooking demo, food trucks, and experts to answer your questions about tree and plant selection. 

When: Saturday, April 21, 11am to 3pm

Where: Westminster City Park, 4801 W. 92nd Avenue

We are looking for volunteers - please let us know if you'd like to sign up for a shift!

Shift 1: 10:30am-1pm

Shift 2: 1pm-3:30pm


Longmont Earth Day Celebration


The Colorado Ocean Coalition will be tabling at the Longmont Museum along with 20+ other environmental booths to celebrate Earth Day! The event will also feature talks, musical performances, arts and crafts with earth-themed recycled materials and food trucks like Samples Bistro, Sol Coffee and High Point Creamery. 

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10am - 3pm

Where: Longmont Museum: 400 Quail Rd.

We are looking for volunteers - please let us know if you'd like to sign up for a shift!

Shift 1: 9:30am-12:30pm

Shift 2: 12:30pm-3:30pm


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.