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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

7:00 PM
Event: Cypress Village Elementary
Date: Wednesday, 1/23/2019
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:13 PM

Place: Cypress Village Elementary
Address: 355 Rush Lily; Irvine
Location: 33°41’08"N, 117°45’31"W

Directions: Take CA-55 towards I-5 South. Merge onto I-5 South towards San Diego, go 9.5 mi. Take exit 96A for Sand Canyon Ave and make a Left at the stop light. Turn Left onto Nightmist, 03 mi. Then turn Right onto Rush Lily. School will be right in front of you - enter the parking lot and immediate turn right. Gate to the blacktop is furthest right of the parking lot near Rush Lily Ave.
7:00 PM
Event: LePort School HB
Date: Thursday, 1/24/2019
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:15 PM

Place: LePort School HB
Address: 16081 Waikiki Lane; Huntington Beach
Location: 33°43’40"N, 118°02’38"W

Directions: Take CA-55 to CA-22 west; go 12.1 mi. Take exit 5 for Valley View St toward Bolsa Chica Rd/I-405 S; go 0.4 mi. Turn left onto Valley View St; go 0.2 mi. Continue onto Bolsa Chica Rd; go 3.1 mi. Turn right onto Edinger Ave; go 0.1 mi. Continue a few 100 ft past Waikiki Lane to the gate on the left. Enter the gate and drive across the field to the blacktop area.
7:00 PM
Event: Beatty Elementary School
Date: Friday, 1/25/2019
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:15 PM

Place: Beatty Elementary School
Address: 8201 Country Club; Buena Park
Location: 33°53’05"N, 117°59’28"W

Directions: Take CA-91 west to the 5 Fwy. Take I-5 Fwy west to Beach Blvd. Turn right on Beach Blvd to Malvern. Turn right on Malvern. At the first signal, Country Club Drive, turn left. The school is about 1/4 mile up Country Club on your left. Enter through the gate next to the blue colt mural and drive under the walkway coverings to the blacktop.
7:00 PM
Event: Imperial Elementary School
Date: Monday, 1/28/2019
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:18 PM

Place: Imperial Elementary School
Address: 400 S. Imperial Hwy; Anaheim Hills
Location: 33°50’42"N, 117°47’21"W

Directions: Take CA-55 North towards the 91. Use the Right two lanes to merge onto CA-91 E, 0.5 mi. Use the Right two lanes to take Exit 35 towards Lakeview Ave, 0.2 mi. Stay to the left to turn Left onto E Santa Ana Canyon Rd. Turn Right onto S Royal Oak Rd, 0.5 mi. Turn Left onto Nohl Ranch Rd, 0.6 mi. Turn Left onto S Imperial Hwy. School will be on your Right.
7:00 PM
Event: Cox Elementary School
Date: Tuesday, 1/29/2019
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:19 PM

Place: Cox Elementary School
Address: 17615 Los Jardines East; Fountain Valley
Location: 33°42’29"N, 117°56’26"W

Directions: Take CA-55 South to I-405 North. Take exit 6A to merge onto I-405 N; go 4.0 mi. Take exit 12 for Euclid St toward Newhope St; go 0.4 mi. Turn left at Euclid St; go 0.7 mi. Turn left at Slater Ave; go 0.1 mi. Turn left at Los Jardines East. School is on the right. Enter the black top area on the south side of the school.
7:00 PM
Event: Castille Elementary School
Date: Wednesday, 1/30/2019
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:20 PM

Place: Castille Elementary School
Address: 24042 Via La Coruna; Mission Viejo
Location: 33°36’50"N, 117°39’28"W

Directions: Take CA-91 E to CA-241. Take CA-241S toward Irvine; go 16.5 mi. Take exit 7 for Portola Pkwy. Keep right and merge onto Portola Pkwy; go 0.7 mi. Continue on Santa Margarita Pkwy; go 0.7 mi. Turn right at Marguerite Pkwy; go 2.8 mi. Turn right at Trabuco Rd; go 0.3 mi. Turn right at Puerta de Luz; then turn right at Via la Coruna. School is on the left. Set up on the field up the hill in the back. Enter through gate on the right side of the school.
7:00 PM
Event: Bryant Ranch Elementary
Date: Thursday, 1/31/2019
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:20 PM

Place: Bryant Ranch Elementary
Address: 24695 Paseo de Toronto; Yorba Linda
Location: 33°52’47"N, 117°42’59"W

Directions: Take CA-91 east to the Imperial Hwy exit. Turn left on Imperial Hwy - go 0.3 mi. Turn right on La Palma Ave - go 4.9 mi. Turn left on Vie Lomas de Yorba East; go 0.5 mi. Turn right on Paseo De Toronto - go 0.4 mi. Access to the blacktop is just east of the first building.
7:00 PM
Event: Brywood Elementary School
Date: Friday, 2/1/2019
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:22 PM

Place: Brywood Elementary School
Address: 1 Westwood; Irvine
Location: 33°42’43"N, 117°46’25"W

Directions: Take CA-55 South to I-5 South. Take exit 11A to merge onto I-5 South; go 4.0 mi. Take exit 99 for Culver Dr; go 0.4 mi. Turn left at Culver Dr; go 0.6 mi. Turn right at Bryan Ave; go 0.4 mi. Turn right at Westwood. School is on the right.
7:00 PM
Event: Bonita Canyon Elementary
Date: Monday, 2/4/2019
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:25 PM

Place: Bonita Canyon Elementary
Address: 1 Sundance Drive; Irvine
Location: 33°38’02"N, 117°48’47"W

Directions: Take the CA-55 south exit towards Costa Mesa Fwy/Newport Beach. Take the I-405 south and exit on Culver D. Turn right on Culver Dr and go 1.4 mi. Turn left on Campus Dr - go 0.4 mi. Turn right on Turtle Rock Dr - go 1.6 mi. Turn left on Sundance.
7:00 PM
Event: Olive Elementary School
Date: Tuesday, 2/5/2019
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:26 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.
7:00 PM
Event: Northwood High School
Date: Wednesday, 2/6/2019
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:27 PM

Place: Northwood High School
Address: 4515 Portola Pkwy; Irvine
Location: 33°44’04"N, 117°44’57"W

Directions: Merge onto CA-91 E/Riverside Fwy toward Riverside; go 1.1 mi. Take exit 40 for California 241 South Toll toward Irvine; go 1.0 mi. Continue onto CA-241 S; go 5.8 mi. Keep right at the fork to continue on CA-261 S, follow signs for California 261 Toll S/Irvine; go 3.1 mi. Take exit 3 for Portola Pkwy; go 0.4 mi. Turn left onto Portola Pkwy; go 1.4 mi. Turn left onto Yale; go 0.3 mi. Turn left. Turn right. Turn left. School is on the right.
7:00 PM
Event: Rose Drive Elementary
Date: Thursday, 2/7/2019
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:28 PM

Place: Rose Drive Elementary
Address: 4700 Rose Drive; Yorba Linda
Location: 33°53’32"N, 117°50’27"W

Directions: Take the 55 Fwy North to the 91 Fwy West. Exit immediately at N. Tustin. Turn right (north) on Tustin 2.8 miles. Tustin turns into Rose Drive. The school is about 0.3 miles north of Yorba Linda Blvd. Turn right at driveway on the south side of the school.
7:00 PM
Event: Lomarena Elementary
Date: Monday, 2/11/2019
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:31 PM

Place: Lomarena Elementary
Address: 25100 Earhart Rd; Laguna Hills
Location: 33°35’42"N, 117°41’36"W

Directions: Take the CA-55 South to the I-5. Take the I-5 South towards San Diego - go 13 mi. Take the Alicia Pkwy exit. Turn right on Alicia Pky - go 0.6 mi. Turn left on Wilkes Pl - go < 0.1 mi. Turn left on Barents - go 0.1 mi. Turn right on Earhart Rd.
7:00 PM
Event: Heritage STEAM Elementary
Date: Tuesday, 2/12/2019
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:33 PM

Place: Heritage STEAM Elementary
Address: 15400 Lansdowne Rd; Tustin
Location: 33°43’05"N, 117°49’45"W

Directions: Take CA-55 South towards Costa Mesa, 4 mi. Take exit 9 for Edinger Ave. Use Right two lanes to turn onto E Edinger Ave, .7 mi. Turn Right onto Redhill Ave, .4 mi. Turn Left onto Valencia Ave and make another immediate Left onto Lansdowne Rd. School will be in front of you.
7:00 PM
Event: Library of the Canyons
Date: Wednesday, 2/13/2019
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:33 PM

Place: Library of the Canyons
Address: 7531 Santiago Canyon Rd; Silverado
Location: 33°44’38"N, 117°40’03"W

Directions: Take CA-55 north towards the 91. Take the exit East Chapman Ave and continue on Chapman as it becomes E. Santiago Canyon Rd, 5.5 mi. Keep Left to stay on E Santiago Canyon Rd, 6.5 mi. The library will come up on the left hand side after the Silverado Children’s Center.
7:00 PM
Event: Vista Verde K-8 School
Date: Thursday, 2/21/2019
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:41 PM

Place: Vista Verde K-8 School
Address: 6 Federation Way; Irvine
Location: 33°37’51"N, 117°49’38"W

Directions: Take CA-55 South towards Costa Mesa. Take exit 6B for 405 South/San Diego Fwy and take the exit for Culver Drive, 10.5 mi. Turn Right at the light onto Culver Drive. Continue on Culver for 2.3 mi - it will become Bonita Canyon Drive after you’ve passed UCI. Turn Left on to Turtle Ridge Drive and then turn Left again onto Federation Way. School will be on the Right.
7:00 PM
Event: Oxford Prep Academy Saddleback Valley
Date: Friday, 2/22/2019
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:41 PM

Place: Oxford Prep Academy Saddleback Valley
Address: 22882 Loumont Dr; Lake Forest
Location: 33°37’43"N, 117°42’03"W

Directions: Take CA-55 South towards Costa Mesa. Take the exit for I-5 South towards San Diego; merge onto I-5 South, 8 mi. Use the Right two lanes to take exit 92 for Bake Parkway, 1mi. Turn Left onto Bake Parkway, 1 mi. Turn Right onto Muirlands Blvd, 1 mi. Turn Left onto Loumont Drive. Turn Left onto Corta Cresta Drive which then turns right and becomes Costa Bella. Turn Right onto Blackfoot Drive. Turn Left onto Loumount Drive. School will be on your Right.

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