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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: Rose Drive Elementary
Date: Thursday, 1/11/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:02 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: Dysinger Elementary School
Date: Tuesday, 1/16/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:07 PM

Place: Dysinger Elementary School
Address: 7770 Camellia Dr.; Buena Park
Location: 33°50’57"N, 117°59’25"W

Directions: From North: Take CA-91 West to exit 23C for Magnolia Ave. Turn left onto S Magnolia Ave; go 0.8 mi. Turn right onto W La Palma Ave; go 0.9 mi. Turn right onto Camellia Dr; go 0.2 mi. Turn right on Periwinkle to gain access to blacktop area.From South: Take the I-5 Fwy north, exit Brookhurst north. Turn left on La Palma. Take La Palma west, to Camellia Dr. Turn right at Camellia Dr and go one block to Periwinkle (south of school). Turn right on Periwinkle to gain access to blacktop area.
7:00 PM
Event: Springbrook Elementary
Date: Tuesday, 1/16/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:07 PM

Place: Springbrook Elementary
Address: 655 Springbrook N; Irvine
Location: 33°40’10"N, 117°47’54"W

Directions: Take CA-55 S to the 405 and take exit 6B to merge onto 405 S towards San Diego, 8mi. Keep left, follow signs for 405 South towards San Diego, 2.6 mi. Take exit 5 for Culver Drive. Use the left two lanes to turn Left onto Culver Drive. Turn Right onto Main St., 0.2 mi. Make an immediate Right at the first cross street onto W Yale Loop. Follw it for 1 mile and turn Left onto Greenmoor which will turn into Fallingstar. Turn Left into the small cul-de-sac, with the school directly in front of you - This is the location of the gate. Do Not use Springbrook as you will not be able to access the gate from there.
7:00 PM
Event: Bathgate Elementary School
Date: Wednesday, 1/17/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:07 PM

Place: Bathgate Elementary School
Address: 27642 Napoli Way; Mission Viejo
Location: 33°34’48"N, 117°38’56"W

Directions: Take CA-55 S to I-5 South. Take exit 11A and merge onto I-5 S; go 5.9 mi. Keep right to stay on I-5 S; go 8.3 mi. Take exit 88 for Oso Pkwy; go 0.3 mi. Turn left onto Oso Pkwy); go 1.9 mi. Turn right onto San Rafael; go 0.7 mi. Turn right onto Napoli Way. School is on the left. Access the basketball court by circling counter-clockwise around the back of the school starting from the north end of the school.
7:00 PM
Event: LePort School HB
Date: Thursday, 1/18/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:09 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.

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