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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

8:45 PM
Event: Davis Magnet School
Date: Friday, 5/4/2018
Viewing at 8:45 PM, Sunset at 7:37 PM

Place: Davis Magnet School
Address: 1050 Arlington St; Costa Mesa
Location: 33°40’13"N, 117°54’05"W

Directions: Take CA-55 South toward Newport Beach. Take exit 5B for Baker St; go 0.6 mi. Turn right at Baker St; go 0.3 mi. Turn left at Bristol St; go 0.6 mi. Take the 3rd right onto Newport Blvd; go 0.3 mi. Slight right at Arlington Dr; go 0.5 mi.
8:45 PM
Event: Cub Scout 766 Camp Out
Date: Saturday, 5/5/2018
Viewing at 8:45 PM, Sunset at 7:36 PM

Place: Cub Scout 766 Camp Out
Address: 33401 Ortega Hwy; San Juan Capistrano
Location: 33°32’29"N, 117°33’10"W

Directions: This event is taking place at Caspers Wilderness Park Camogrounds. Take CA-55 south towards Costa Mesa. Take the exit for I-5 South towards San Diego (past the 5/405 merger), 20 mil. Use the 2nd from Right lane to take Exit 82 for CA-74/Ortega Highway towards San Juan Capastrano. Turn Left onto CA-74/Ortega Highway, 7.5 mi. Look for signs for Caspers Wilderness - it will be on your lefthand side.
8:45 PM
Event: New Vista School Spring Dance
Date: Thursday, 5/17/2018
Viewing at 8:45 PM, Sunset at 7:47 PM

Place: New Vista School Spring Dance
Address: 3101 W Harvard St; Santa Ana
Location: 33°43’15"N, 117°54’38"W

Directions: This event is taking place at the Heritage Museum in Santa Ana. Take CA-55 South to 405 N. Merge onto 405 North towards Long Beach. Take the Exit 11 Fairview Rd /Harbor Blvd, keep Right at the fork and follow signs for Fairview Rd. Turn right onto Fairview Rd, 2.2 mi. Turn Left onto West Harvard Rd. The Heritage Museum will be on your right. Turn into the driveway marked for Bus and Employee Entrance and follow it back behind the museum to park.
8:45 PM
Event: San Mateo Campground
Date: Friday, 5/18/2018
Viewing at 8:45 PM, Sunset at 7:46 PM

Place: San Mateo Campground
Address: 830 Cristianitos Rd; San Clemente
Location: 33°24’21"N, 117°35’08"W

Directions: Take CA-55 south to the I-5. Take the I-5 South toward San Diego - go 30.8 mi. Take the Cristianitos Rd exit; go 0.2 mi. Turn left on Cristianitos Rd - go 0.9 mi. Turn right after entering park and go a half mile to the parking lot on right (just below the amphitheater).

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