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: 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).
Event: Adams Elementary School
Date: Monday, 10/29/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 6:05 PM
Place: Adams Elementary School
Address: 2130 S Raitt St; Santa Ana
Location: 33°43’04"N, 117°53’48"W
Directions: Take CA-55 South towards Costa Mesa. Take Exit 8A-8B for Dyer Road East towards Dyer Road West. Turn Right onto S Grand Ave, 0.3mi. Turn Left onto E Warner Ave, 2.6mi. Turn Right onto S Raitt St, 0.2mi. School will be on your Left.
Event: Biola University
Date: Tuesday, 10/30/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 6:04 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: Cypress Village Elementary
Date: Thursday, 11/1/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 6:01 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.
Event: Family Astronomy Night
Date: Friday, 11/2/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 6:00 PM
Place: Held at Norman P Murray Center
Address: 24932 Veterans Way; Mission Viejo
Location: 33°36’08"N, 117°39’05"W
Directions: Take CA-55 S to I-5 S. Take the I-5 S exit toward San Diego; go 1.1 mi. Merge onto I-5 S; go 13.0 mi. Take exit 89 for La Paz Rd and use the Left two lanes to turn onto La Paz . Keep Left to stay on La Paz Road, 1.5 mi. Turn Left onto Veterans Way. Drive into the Center’s parking lot; set up in the field on the right.
Event: Dysinger Elementary School
Date: Monday, 11/5/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:58 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.
Event: Anaheim Hills Elementary
Date: Wednesday, 11/7/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:56 PM
Place: Anaheim Hills Elementary
Address: 6450 East Serrano; Anaheim
Location: 33°49’47"N, 117°45’40"W
Directions: Take CA-55 N towards the 91. Take exit 15 for Katella Ave. Make a Right onto Katella Ave and continue onto Villa Park Rd, 1.3 mi. Villa Park Rd will turn into E Santiago Rd. Turn left onto Cannon St, 0.6mi. Make a Right onto Serrano Ave, 2.2 mi. School will be on your Right. Gate is at the end of the Left parking lot.
Event: McPherson Magnet School
Date: Thursday, 11/8/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:55 PM
Place: McPherson Magnet School
Address: 333 S. Prospect St.; Orange
Location: 33°47’01"N, 117°49’04"W
Directions: Merge onto I-405. Take the exit toward CA-55 N; go 0.2 mi. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for CA-55 N and merge onto CA-55 N; go 7.5 mi. Take the Chapman Avenue E exit; go 0.3 mi. Merge onto E Chapman Ave; go 0.6 mi. Turn right onto S Prospect St; go 0.3 mi. School is on the left. The viewing location is on the basketball courts behind the school building
Event: Corey Elementary School
Date: Tuesday, 11/13/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:52 PM
Place: Corey Elementary School
Address: 7351 Holder St.; Buena Park
Location: 33°51’16"N, 118°01’17"W
Directions: Take CA-91 West to Knott Ave. Take exit 23A for Knott Ave then turn left onto S Knott Ave; go 0.2 mi. Take the 1st right onto Houston St; go 0.5 mi. Turn right onto Holder St.; go 400 ft. School is on the left.
Event: Northwood Elementary School
Date: Wednesday, 11/14/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:51 PM
Place: Northwood Elementary
Address: 28 Carson; Irvine
Location: 33°42’18"N, 117°46’11"W
Directions: Take the CA-91 West left exit onto CA-55 South toward Los Angeles - go 7.0 mi. Take exit #11A onto I-5 South toward San Diego - go 4.0 mi. Take the Culver Dr exit - go 0.4 mi. Turn left on Culver Dr - go 0.1 mi. Turn right on Trabuco Rd - go 0.7 mi. Turn left on Yale Ave - go 0.3 mi. Turn right on Southwood - go 0.2 mi. Turn right on Colt - go < 0.1 mi. Turn right on Carson - go < 0.1 mi.
Event: Cerro Villa Middle School
Date: Thursday, 11/15/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:50 PM
Place: Cerro Villa Middle School
Address: 17852 Serrano Ave; Villa Park
Location: 33°49’12"N, 117°49’11"W
Directions: Take CA-55 to Katella Ave exit. Go east on E Katella Ave; go 0.5 mi. Turn left at N Wanda Rd; go 0.3 mi. Continue on N Santiago Blvd; go 0.5 mi. Turn right at Serrano Ave. Follow Serrano past the school and turn right on Nichols Ave. Entrance gate is on the right past the portables.
Event: Stanton Star Party
Date: Friday, 11/16/2018
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:50 PM
Place: Stanton Star Party
Address: 10660 Western Avenue; Stanton
Location: 33°48’28"N, 118°00’07"W
Directions: Take CA-55 North and take exit for CA-22 W towards Garden Grove. Follow CA-22 W to Westminster, 8.3 mi. Take exit 7 for Garden Grove Fwy. Turn Right onto Garden Grove Fwy and make an immediate Left onto Western Ave, 2.3 mi. Stanton Central Park will be on your Right.