Want to make a difference for our ocean and waterways? We’d love to work with you! Check out the ways to get involved below!
Become an Inland Ocean Ambassador
Passionate ocean advocates seeking a leadership role in their community are able to join our Inland Ocean Ambassador Certification Training. Through our four virtual training sessions, Ambassadors will learn the skills to lead awareness efforts in their local area, become familiar with IOC’s programs and campaigns, and turn training into action on local and national scales.
Training topics include effective organizational storytelling, marine protected areas, plastic pollution, hosting and managing events, and current policy issues.
Upon completion of the virtual training sessions, Ambassadors will be asked to complete 30 volunteer hours before graduation. Some take legislative action through Op-Ed pieces or meetings with congressional leaders. Others help build IOC campaigns or work on advisory committees. We also encourage our Inland Ocean Ambassadors to join chapters near them or start a new chapter in their community.
- Ages 15 and up
- Minimum $5 monthly donation for 4 weeks
Start your Inland Ocean Ambassador journey by applying below:
Find Your Chapter
Meet your chapter leads and work with them to create local events and spread awareness in your area. By working with your chapter, you have the chance to work on events like tabling, monthly blue drinks, and other outreach in communities, schools and beyond. Chapters can also work to support campaigns digitally, and to act out in the real world through creek and river clean-ups.
Click here to see if there's a chapter near you!
Start An Inland Ocean Chapter
If there isn't a chapter near you, you can also bring the inland ocean movement to your community by starting a chapter! See our chapter page for more details or fill out our chapter interest form and someone from our team will be in touch!
Ocean Rangers Volunteer Training
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
- Price includes training materials
Topics Covered in Training:
- Land-to-sea messaging and presentation by Founder & Executive Director covering issues affecting our watersheds, rivers, lakes, and ocean
- Volunteer Handbook and expectations for being a community leader
- Activity Stations: Tabling 101, how to use the watershed model, how to discuss and run a plastic pollution class or art demo, microbeads learning activities for groups or outreach, etc.
- Opportunities to sign up for volunteer activities or projects