Our Online Auction is LIVE!

Our online auction is live and we have some amazing items. Bid on artwork, outdoor adventures, jewelry, gift certificates, classes, and much more! Be sure to check back as we will continue to add items. 

All proceeds will help support a healthy ocean, waterways, and climate. 


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Get Your Tickets to the Masquerade Mermaid Ball!

Celebrate 10 years of protecting the ocean with us at our 3rd Annual Masquerade Mermaid Ball!

The Masquerade Mermaid Ball is just around the corner! Join us for a magical in-person evening on Friday, September 24 to celebrate our 10-year anniversary. Mingle with other ocean lovers and celebrate our connection to the ocean and the amazing ability we all have to make a difference - no matter where we live!

We'll enjoy delicious sustainable food from acclaimed chef Daniel Asher, specialty cocktails, Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha and other drinks, live music, and an online auction at the Driftwind at the Boulder Reservoir, an open-air venue. We will be outside a majority of the evening (and all time indoors will be in a large open-air space) but due to Boulder County's recent mask requirements, please bring a mask with you. 

Live music will be played by Manas Itene, world renowned drummer and singer who has been traveling the world for 22 years with Michael Franti & Spearhead, and Colorado Congressman Joe Neguse will be in attendance for a portion of the evening.

Attire is whimsical, oceanic, and cocktail. There will be a costume contest as well, so bring your oceanic best!

If you'd like to donate an item for our online auction (it could be a stay at a vacation home, artwork, jewelry, a book, gift certificate, etc.) simply reply to this email. 

Due to COVID, we're capping our event to keep it small. Tickets will be limited, so get yours now!


Thank You to Our Sponsors!


Get A Sabi Wabi Mask to Support Our Work!

With Boulder's new indoor mask mandate and mandates popping up across the country, be sure to get a fresh mask, especially if you're coming to the Masquerade Mermaid Ball! Come in style with a beautiful turquoise mask from Sabi Wabi

Made with 2 layers of premium 100% cotton batik fabric, this mask is lightweight and breathable. The elastic ear-loops are super-soft. The toggle provides an adjustable fit that can be taken on and off easily. There is a felted nose wire for a customized fit. All masks are handmade in Boulder, CO. 

56 billion disposable face masks were produced in 2020, an estimated 1.6 billion of which ended up in our ocean. Disposable masks are another unnecessary plastic item that often end up polluting our environment and ocean.

100% of the profits from this mask go to supporting our work. Get yours today!


Remembering Rob Bryan

We received very sad news that our good friend Rob Bryan passed on September 3. Rob loved the ocean and spent as much time as he could sharing his knowledge about it and working to protect it. He was one of the first people that I met when I moved to Boulder in 2009 and he helped me organize the first Blue Drinks (and many more!) when we were starting out as the Colorado Ocean Coalition. He has maintained his connection to the organization and attended many of our events. I hope that you will remember his great smile, his willingness to help, and his deep love of the ocean. He will truly be missed, and our hearts are with his partner Joyce Daldos and everyone else who knew him. - Vicki Nichols Goldstein


Our national parks were once home to Native People who for thousands of years were the original stewards of these lands. This effort represents a small but important step for the NPS to honor the legacy of Indigenous stewardship and deepen its commitment to a more socially and environmentally just future.

Plastic pollution can be found virtually everywhere. From the deep ocean to remote mountain wildernesses, from our table salt to our tap water, plastic pollution poses an alarming threat to human health and the environment. It is estimated that the average person is eating a credit card’s worth of microplastic every week.

The best way to manage plastic waste is to stop generating it. Eliminating single-use plastics will reduce plastic pollution and save money for parks, visitors, concessionaires and park partners, while also advancing the Biden administration’s goals for addressing environmental justice and the climate crisis. 

Add your name to urge the National Park Service to eliminate the sale and distribution of single-use plastics in our national parks!


Our virtual IOA Certification Training is designed to prepare individuals with the skills and tools to be powerful advocates for ocean and watershed health. Over five weeks, Ambassadors from all over the country learn from top ocean advocates, scientists, and policymakers, and network with other Ambassadors and partner organizations to expand their ocean and water expertise. 

The training covers watershed health, plastic pollution, the ocean as a solution to climate change, marine protected areas, fisheries management and sustainable seafood, the power of storytelling, how we are Heartwired to love the ocean, and much more. 

Applications close September 17. 


Life in the Plasticene integrates art, ecological science, and storytelling to explore the merging streams of life and plastic worldwide. From microplastics in Colorado streams to cattle foraging for food amongst the plastic waste in India, the exhibition asks: “how did we get here and where do we go from here?" The installation features photography, films, artifacts, and interviews by environmental scientist and educator Marcus Eriksen, environmental philosophy and animal ethics researcher Kesli Nagy, artist, filmmaker, and photographer Chris Jordan, and art/science researchers and NeST Fellows Patrick Chandler and David Oonk.

The exhibition was curated in partnership with Patrick Chandler with funding through the NeST Studio for the Arts Community Grant Program, with additional support provided the Inland Ocean CoalitionWashed Ashore, and 5 Gyres Institute. The exhibition will be available at the Arbor Institute in Boulder, Colorado through October 3. 


Our Wyoming Chapter is Looking for a New Chapter Lead

A note from Kelly Wright, our WY Chapter Lead:

Dear WY Chapter members, family and friends. I knew this day would come, but I didn’t image it would come so soon. With mixed emotions I have made the decision to step down as the WY Chapter Lead for the Inland Ocean Coalition. This was clearly a very difficult decision to make.

I would like to thank our membership for your countless hours volunteering at our cleanups, helping to man our tabling events, supporting our fundraising events and living as role models by refusing those single-use plastic bags and bringing your own reusable water bottles, etc! Again, thank you! Not only did you make a difference, many life-long friendships were created!

My next "Chapter" includes spending more time with my family, which continues to grow, pursuing new interests and transitioning our lives to Steamboat Springs, CO. 

I look forward working with the next Chapter Lead during this new phase-in, but we still need to find that amazing new Chapter Lead first. If you or someone you know has any interest at all, please send me an email.


Catch up on the Rising Tide Podcast!

Every week David Helvarg of Blue Frontier Campaign and Vicki Nichols Goldstein interview ocean champions and people working to make a difference for the future of our ocean. Catch up on the most recent episodes below!

Rising tide #37: Louie Psihoyos's Ocean Visions


From Iowa to an Oscar, Louie Psihoyos continues to engage people with his famed National Geographic photography, award-winning films including ‘The Cove’ and ‘Racing Extinction’ and projected images. His larger than life endangered species vying for our attention on the Empire State building and the Vatican and his evolving views on food and social movements are just a few of the things we discuss with him.

Listen here


Rising Tide #38: Getting in the Swim with Matt Moseley 

We talk to long-distance adventure swimmer, author and activist Matt Moseley about his first-ever swims in the ocean, rivers, and across Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, now hit with yet another catastrophic hurricane. He explains about feeling like a fish out of water and what running out of water could mean for 40 million people across the West. Plus he offers some hope and solutions one can pursue.

Listen here.


Rising Tide #39: Storm Reporter Mark Schlefstein

The day before Hurricane Ida devastated Louisiana, the Gulf, and then the Northeast, we spoke with New Orlean’s Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Mark Schleifstein (now reporting on the wake of Ida) about his experiences during Hurricane Katrina, failed levees, coastal restoration, and how sea level rise and flooding will impact the future of Louisiana and the world. Listen to this timely and alarming interview about life in the Greenhouse Century.  

Listen here


Inland Ocean Coalition
Boulder, Colorado 
 The Inland Ocean Coalition is a project of The Ocean Foundation, a 501(c)(3)

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