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: Laguna Woods Astronomy Club
Date: Tuesday, 10/9/2018
Viewing at 7:30 PM, Sunset at 6:28 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.
Event: OC Parks Astronomy Night
Date: Saturday, 10/13/2018
Viewing at 7:30 PM, Sunset at 6:22 PM
Place: Held at O’Neill Regional Park
Address: 30892 Trabuco Canyon Rd.; Trabuco Canyon
Location: 33°39’05"N, 117°36’03"W
Directions: Head to I-5 South towards San Diego. Take exit 91 towards El Toro Rd via Avenida De La Carlota. Use the Left three lanes to turn Left onto El Toro Rd. Travel 7.5 mi. and turn Right onto Live Oak Canyon Rd. Live Oak becomes Trabuco Canyon Rd. Looks for signs for O’Neill Regional Park on the Right.
Event: BSA Troop 606
Date: Monday, 10/15/2018
Viewing at 7:30 PM, Sunset at 6:20 PM
Place: BSA Troop 606
Address: 18422 Culver Dr; Irvine
Location: 33°39’28"N, 117°49’38"W
Directions: Take CA-55 South towards Costa Mesa, 10.5 mi. Use the Right two lanes to take Exit 6B for I-405 South/ San Diego Freeway, stay left at the split. Merge onto 1-405 South, 2.6 mi. Take Exit 5 for Culver Drive. Turn Right onto Culver Drive. You will pass the Child’s World Preschool on your left. Make a U-turn at University Drive and enter the parking lot on your right.
Event: Bathgate Elementary School
Date: Tuesday, 10/16/2018
Viewing at 7:15 PM, Sunset at 6:18 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.
Event: La Madera Elementary
Date: Wednesday, 10/17/2018
Viewing at 7:15 PM, Sunset at 6:17 PM
Place: La Madera Elementary
Address: 25350 Serrano Road; Lake Forest
Location: 33°38’22"N, 117°41’24"W
Directions: Take CA-55 South to I-5 South. Take exit 11A toward San Diego; go 1.2 mi. Merge onto I-5 S; go 7.9 mi. Take exit 92 for Lake Forest Dr; go 1.9 mi. Turn left onto Lake Forest Dr; go 2.5 mi. Turn right onto Serrano Rd; go 0.4 mi. School is on the right.
Event: Lampson Elementary
Date: Thursday, 10/18/2018
Viewing at 7:15 PM, Sunset at 6:17 PM
Place: Lampson Elementary
Address: 13321 Lampson Ave; Garden Grove
Location: 33°47’01"N, 117°54’00"W
Directions: Take CA-55 to CA-22W and go 3 mi to the City Dr exit. Exit then turn left at W Metropolitan Dr/The Block; go 0.5 mi. Continue on Lampson Ave; go 0.2 mi.
Event: International Observe the Moon Night
Date: Saturday, 10/20/2018
Viewing at 7:15 PM, Sunset at 6:14 PM
Place: Held at Laguna Canyon Wilderness Park
Address: 18751 Laguna Canyon Rd; Laguna Beach
Location: 33°36’29"N, 117°45’51"W
Directions: Take CA-55 S to I-5 South. Take exit 11A to merge onto I-5 South; go 7.7 mi. Take exit 95 for State Hwy 133 South. Merge onto CA-133 S; go 5.4 mi. Nix Nature Center is on the right (west side of the street).