One of the fundamental reasons why
the OCA was formed over 40 years ago was to help spread the
knowledge and appreciation of Astronomy within the local community.
Every year literally 1,000's of people, young and old, get
to experience the joys of Astronomy, sometimes for the very
first time, when OCA Members bring their telescopes out to
schools, libraries and other venues. We do this absolutely
for free (although we do not usually turn down any donations
to the clubs education fund).
The very active outreach program is
run by Jim Benet and attracts many OCA Members to help out.
Jim is always looking for more volunteers. The qualifications
are simple. Whatever telescope you have is fine, big or small,
it doesn't matter. You simply need to bring along your telescope
and love for astronomy and be willing to share that joy with
all the hungry eyes and minds that turn up.
The upcoming outreach events are always
entered into the OCA calendar. The outreach events that occur
within schools are usually always private (members of the
public cannot attend unless they have children at the school).
Other outreach events which are scheduled in some of the public
parks and areas may be open to the public. If you are not
a member of the OCA and you would like to attend one of our
outreach events please contact Jim Benet if you are unlear
if the event is open to the public.
Please find the contact information for our Outreach Coordinator here
Listing of the upcoming outreaches from our calendar
Event: Olive Elementary School
Date: Tuesday, 3/26/2019
Viewing at 8:15 PM, Sunset at 7:07 PM
Place: Olive Elementary School
Address: 3038 N Magnolia Avenue; Orange
Location: 33°50’24"N, 117°50’39"W
Directions: Merge onto I-5 N; go 2.5 mi. Take exit 103A for CA-55 N; go 0.2 mi. Keep left and merge onto CA-55 N; go 6.2 mi. Take exit 17 toward Nohl Ranch Rd/Lincoln Ave; go 0.2 mi. Turn left onto N Santiago Blvd. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto E Lincoln Ave; go 0.7 mi. Turn right onto N Olive Ave; go .02 mi. Stay on Olive past Buena Vista Ave and just before the turn onto Orange-Olive, turn right through the school gate and go right onto the basketball courts for telescope set-up.
Event: Gates Elementary School
Date: Friday, 3/29/2019
Viewing at 8:00 PM, Sunset at 7:09 PM
Place: Gates Elementary School
Address: 23882 Landisview; Lake Forest
Location: 33°36’57"N, 117°41’47"W
Directions: Take the 55 Fwy south to the I-5 south. Go south on the I-5 20 miles to the El Toro Rd exit. Turn left on Avenida de la Carlota - go 0.1 mi. Turn left on El Toro Rd - go 0.3 mi. Turn right on Rockfield Blvd - go 0.2 mi. Turn left on Silverbay Dr - go < 0.1 mi. Silverbay Dr becomes Belgreen Pl - go 0.2 mi. Turn left on Landisview Ave and go past the school. Turn right on Arrowhead St and the hop the curve at the gate.
Event: Biola University
Date: Tuesday, 4/2/2019
Viewing at 8:15 PM, Sunset at 7:13 PM
Place: Biola University
Address: 13800 Biola Avenue; La Mirada
Location: 33°54’18"N, 118°00’48"W
Directions: Take CA-91 West or I-5 North to Beach Blvd. Exit onto Auto Center Drive. Continue to Beach Blvd. Go north on Beach Blvd about 1.0 mi. Turn left onto La Mirada Blvd. Drive 1 mi past Rosecrans Ave. Turn left at the east campus entrance. Enter campus then turn left. Drive south past the soccer field to Parking Structure S (22 on map). Enter and drive to the top level. Setup scopes at the top east end of the structure.
Event: Wilson Elementary School
Date: Friday, 4/5/2019
Viewing at 8:15 PM, Sunset at 7:15 PM
Place: Wilson Elementary School
Address: 801 W. Wilson Street; Costa Mesa
Location: 33°39’18"N, 117°56’00"W
Directions: Take CA-55 South towards Costa Mesa. Use Right lane to take Exit 3 toward 22nd Ave/Victoria St., 0.2 mi. Stay to the right to merge onto Newport Ave., 0.1 mi. Turn Right onto Victoria St, 1.5 mi. Turn right onto Placentia Ave. School will be on your Left.
Event: Laguna Woods Astronomy Club
Date: Tuesday, 4/9/2019
Viewing at 8:15 PM, Sunset at 7:17 PM
Place: Held at Clubhouse 5
Address: 24262 Punta Alta; Laguna Woods
Location: 33°36’30"N, 117°44’54"W
Directions: Take CA-55 to I-5 South. Merge onto I-5 South; go 11.9 mi to the El Toro Rd exit. Merge onto Paseo de Valencia; go 0.2 mi. Turn right onto El Toro Rd and go 2.1 mi to Calle Corta. Turn right on Calle Corta into Gate 9. Turn right at Avenida Sosiega; go 0.2 mi. Turn left at Monte Hermoso; go 0.3 mi. Turn right at Punta Alta, Clubhouse 5 is on the right.