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: Yorba Linda Public Library
Date: Saturday, 2/23/2019
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:43 PM
Place: Yorba Linda Public Library
Address: 18181 Imperial Highway; Yorba Linda
Location: 33°53’28"N, 117°48’54"W
Directions: Take CA-55 N towards the CA-91. Merge onto CA-91 E, 1.9 mi. Use Right two lanes to take exit 36 for Imperial Hwy/ CA-90. Use Left two lanes to turn Left onto CA-90/N Imperial Hwy, 3.2 mi. Library will be located on right hand side.
Event: Alderwood Elementary School
Date: Monday, 2/25/2019
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:44 PM
Place: Alderwood Elementary School
Address: 2005 Knollcrest; Irvine
Location: 33°38’56"N, 117°46’31"W
Directions: Take CA-55 South to I-5 South. Take exit 11A to merge onto I-5 S; go 7.5 mi. Take exit 95 and merge onto CA-133 S; go 1.4 mi. Turn right onto Laguna Canyon Rd; go 0.5 mi. At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto Quail Hill; go 0.3 mi. Turn left onto Knollcrest; go 0.4 mi. School is on the right. Go through the gate at the North end of the parking lot to enter the blacktop area behind the school. The viewing location is on the basketball courts past the volleyball posts.
Event: Buena Park Junior High
Date: Tuesday, 2/26/2019
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:46 PM
Place: Buena Park Junior High
Address: 6931 Orangethorpe Ave; Buena Park
Location: 33°51’41"N, 118°00’46"W
Directions: Take CA-55 or CA-57 to CA-91. Take CA-91 west toward LA. Take the Knott Ave exit- Turn right onto Knott Ave. go 0.1 mi. Turn left onto Orangethorpe Ave. go <0.1 mi.
Event: Guin Foss Elementary
Date: Wednesday, 2/27/2019
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:46 PM
Place: Guin Foss Elementary
Address: 18492 Vanderlip Ave; Tustin
Location: 33°45’21"N, 117°48’40"W
Directions: Take CA-55 South towards Costa Mesa and take exit 12A to merge onto 17th St, 1.2 mi. Turn Right onto Holt Ave, 0.2 mi. Turn Left onto Vanderlip Ave. School will be on your Right.
Event: Warren Elementary
Date: Thursday, 2/28/2019
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:47 PM
Place: Warren Elementary
Address: 12871 Estock Dr.; Garden Grove
Location: 33°47’08"N, 117°54’36"W
Directions: Take the CA-55 S to the CA-22 Freeway. Go west on CA-22 to Haster (4.2 miles). Turn right onto Haster St. and go 0.5 miles. Turn left onto Twintree Ln. and go 0.1 miles. Turn right onto Sungrove St. and then turn left onto Estock Dr.
Event: Davis Magnet School
Date: Friday, 3/1/2019
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:48 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.
Event: Moulton Elementary
Date: Monday, 3/4/2019
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:50 PM
Place: Moulton Elementary
Address: 29851 Highlands Ave; Laguna Niguel
Location: 33°31’44"N, 117°43’23"W
Directions: Take CA-55 South toward Newport Beach . Take exit 11A to merge onto I-5 S toward San Diego, go 13.1 mi. Take exit 90 for Alicia Pkwy. Turn right onto Alicia Pkwy; go 4.7 mi. Turn right onto Highlands Ave; go 1.3 m. School is on the left.
Event: Laguna Woods Astronomy Club
Date: Tuesday, 3/5/2019
Viewing at 7:30 PM, Sunset at 5:51 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: Bonita Canyon Elementary
Date: Wednesday, 3/6/2019
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:52 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.
Event: Laguna Niguel Elementary
Date: Thursday, 3/7/2019
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:52 PM
Place: Laguna Niguel Elementary
Address: 27922 Niguel Heights Rd; Laguna Niguel
Location: 33°33’24"N, 117°42’16"W
Directions: Take I-5 South towards San Diego. Take Exit 88 for Oso Pkwy, using the Right two lanes to turn Right onto Oso, 1.8 mi. Turn Left onto Moulton Pkwy, 0.8 mi. Turn Right onto Avila Rd and then immediately turn Left onto Niguel Heights Blvd. School will be on your left.
Event: Foothill Ranch Elementary
Date: Monday, 3/11/2019
Viewing at 8:00 PM, Sunset at 6:55 PM
Place: Foothill Ranch Elementary
Address: 1 Torino Dr; Foothill Ranch
Location: 33°40’55"N, 117°39’42"W
Directions: Merge onto I-405 S/San Diego Fwy via the ramp to San Diego; go 5.3 mi. Take exit 1B for Bake Parkway; go 0.6 mi. Turn left onto Bake Pkwy; go 5.6 mi. Turn left onto Rue De Fortuna. Turn left onto Torino Dr; go 0.2 mi. School is on the left. Take the road at the NW end of the parking lot to go around the school to the blacktop area.
Event: Cerro Villa Middle School
Date: Thursday, 3/14/2019
Viewing at 8:00 PM, Sunset at 6:58 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: Heritage Museum of Orange County
Date: Friday, 3/15/2019
Viewing at 8:00 PM, Sunset at 6:59 PM
Place: Heritage Museum of Orange County
Address: 3101 W Harvard St; Santa Ana
Location: 33°43’15"N, 117°54’38"W
Directions: 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.