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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: Brookhurst Elementary School
Date: Thursday, 1/8/2015
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:00 PM

Place: Brookhurst Elementary School
Address: 9821 Catherine Avenue; Garden Grove

Directions: Take CA-55 to CA-22 West, Go 7.6 mi on CA-22 W to Brookhurst. Take exit 10 toward Brookhurst St Turn right at Trask Ave; go 0.2 mi. Turn left at Brookhurst St; go 1.3 mi. Turn left at Bixby Ave; go .1 mi. Turn left at Hester Pl and then left on Catherine Ave. School is on the left.

7:00 PM
Event: Lomarena Elementary
Date: Monday, 1/12/2015
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:03 PM

Place: Lomarena Elementary
Address: 25100 Earhart Rd; Laguna Hills

Directions: Take the CA-55 South to the I-5. Take the I-5 South towards San Diego - go 13 mi. Take the Alicia Pkwy exit. Turn right on Alicia Pky - go 0.6 mi. Turn left on Wilkes Pl - go < 0.1 mi. Turn left on Barents - go 0.1 mi. Turn right on Earhart Rd.
7:00 PM
Event: Bryant Ranch Elementary
Date: Tuesday, 1/13/2015
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:03 PM

Place: Bryant Ranch Elementary
Address: 24695 Paseo de Toronto; Yorba Linda

Directions: Take CA-91 east to Gypsum Canyon Rd exit. Turn left on Gypsum Canyon Rd - go 0.6 mi. Turn right on La Palma Ave - go 0.3 mi. La Palma Ave becomes Camino De Bryant - go 0.6 mi. Turn left on Paseo De Toronto - go 0.2 mi. Access to the blacktop is on the west side of the campus parking lot.
7:00 PM
Event: Alderwood Elementary School
Date: Wednesday, 1/14/2015
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:05 PM

Place: Alderwood Elementary School
Address: 2005 Knollcrest; Irvine

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.
7:00 PM
Event: Beatty Elementary School
Date: Thursday, 1/15/2015
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:06 PM

Place: Beatty Elementary School
Address: 8201 Country Club; Buena Park

Directions: Take CA-91 west to the 5 Fwy. Take I-5 Fwy west to Beach Blvd. Turn right on Beach Blvd to Malvern. Turn right on Malvern. At the first signal, Country Club Drive, turn left. The school is about 1/4 mile up Country Club on your left. Enter through the gate next to the blue colt mural and drive under the walkway coverings to the blacktop.
7:00 PM
Event: Fairmont Elementary School
Date: Friday, 1/16/2015
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:06 PM

Place: Fairmont Elementary School
Address: 5241 Fairmont Blvd; Yorba Linda

Directions: Take CA-55 or CA-57 north to CA-91 East. Go east on CA-91 E to exit 36 for Imperial Hwy. Turn left onto Imperial Hwy; go 0.5 mi. Turn right onto E La Palma Ave; go 1.0 mi. Turn left at Fairmont Blvd; go 2.0 mi. School is on the left.
7:00 PM
Event: Eldorado Emerson School
Date: Tuesday, 1/20/2015
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:10 PM

Place: Eldorado Emerson School
Address: 4100 E. Walnut Ave; Orange

Directions: Take CA-55 to the Chapman Ave exit. Turn East onto E Chapman Ave; go 0.8 mi. Turn left onto N Prospect St; go 0.5 mi. Take the 3rd right onto E Walnut Ave; School on the right.

7:00 PM
Event: Courreges Elementary School
Date: Wednesday, 1/21/2015
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:12 PM

Place: Courreges Elementary School
Address: 18313 Santa Carlotta St; Fountain Valley

Directions: Take CA-55 S to I-405 North. Take exit 6A to merge onto I-405 N; go 4.7 mi. Take exit 14 for Brookhurst St toward Fountain Valley; go 0.4 mi. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Brookhurst St S and merge onto Brookhurst St; go 1.3 mi. Turn right at Ellis Ave; go 1.2 mi. Turn right at Santa Carlotta St.; go 0.2 mi. School is on the left.
7:00 PM
Event: Serra Catholic School
Date: Thursday, 1/22/2015
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:11 PM

Place: Serra Catholic School
Address: 23652 Antonio Pkwy; Rancho Santa Margarita

Directions: Take CA-91 E toward Riverside. Merge onto CA-241 S and go 21.8 mi. Take the Antonio Pkwy exit; go 0.3 mi. Turn right onto Antonio Pkwy; go 1.1 mi. Make a U-turn onto Antonio Pkwy; go 0.1 mi.

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