“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. 

Pledge to choose sunscreen free from synthetic chemicals that harm coral reefs and encourage retailers to support this shift by making alternatives available.

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



Saturday, June 8, 2019

Join the Inland Ocean Coalition as we celebrate World Oceans Day! From March for the Ocean in Colorado, to fly fishing in Wyoming, to lake shore cleanups in Chicago and Buffalo, check out what our chapters are to below and join in if you're nearby!

Colorado March for the Ocean

  • Saturday June 8, 8am-12pm MDT tabling, 12pm-2pm MDT speakers and March!
  • Farmers Market, Boulder, CO

Rainbow Beach Cleanup

  • Saturday June 8, 8:30-10:30am CDT
  • 2861 E 76th St, Chicago, IL

Women's Fly Fishing

  • Saturday June 8, 9am-2pm MDT
  • Curt Gowdy State Park, Cheyenne, WY

Beach Cleanup with ECO

  • Sunday June 9, 5-6:30pm EDT
  • Woodlawn Beach State Park, Hamburg, NY




The Inland Ocean Coalition is a proud co-host of the International Ocean Film Tour as it hits Colorado. There will be showings in Boulder and Denver - we hope to see you there!

Boulder, CO

When: Sunday, June 9, 7pm-9:30pm

Where: Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 

Buy tickets here!

Denver, CO

When: Monday, June 10, 7-9:30pm

Where: Landmark's Mayan Theater

Buy tickets here!

"Adventure. Action. Ocean Life. We set sail for our tour‘s sixth voyage: On June 9, 2019 the International OCEAN FILM TOUR Volume 6 is on its way to two Colorado locations 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. Brought to you by our generous sponsor, Hydro Flask."

Raft Brown's Canyon with the Inland Ocean Coalition!

Saturday June 15, 2019, Buena Vista, Colorado

As part of our mission to engage inland communities in land-to-sea stewardship, join us to experience one of the most beautiful sections of the Arkansas River. We'll learn more about the river, the watershed, and local conservation initiatives.

We have a block of rooms reserved at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs for those who would like to stay Friday and/or Saturday night. All are invited!

CLASS III and IV rapids
Min age: 8 years old

For more information on rafting and lodging, contact susan@susanbrucetravel.com or call at 303 586 6815 x 402




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