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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: Lomarena Elementary
Date: Tuesday, 1/8/2019
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:59 PM

Place: Lomarena Elementary
Address: 25100 Earhart Rd; Laguna Hills
Location: 33°35’42"N, 117°41’36"W

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: Olive Elementary School
Date: Wednesday, 1/9/2019
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:00 PM

Place: Olive Elementary School
Address: 3038 N Magnolia Avenue; Orange
Location: 33°50’24"N, 117°50’39"W

Directions: Merge onto I-5 N; go 2.5 mi. Take exit 103A for CA-55 N; go 0.2 mi. Keep left and merge onto CA-55 N; go 6.2 mi. Take exit 17 toward Nohl Ranch Rd/Lincoln Ave; go 0.2 mi. Turn left onto N Santiago Blvd. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto E Lincoln Ave; go 0.7 mi. Turn right onto N Olive Ave; go .02 mi. Stay on Olive past Buena Vista Ave and just before the turn onto Orange-Olive, turn right through the school gate and go right onto the basketball courts for telescope set-up.
7:00 PM
Event: Canyon View Elementary School
Date: Thursday, 1/10/2019
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:01 PM

Place: Canyon View Elementary School
Address: 12025 Yale Court; Irvine
Location: 33°43’37"N, 117°45’15"W

Directions: Take the I-5 to the Culver Dr exit. Go north on Culver Dr 2.1 mi. Turn right onto Portola Pkwy, go 0.6 mi. Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Yale Ave; go 0.2 mi. Continue onto Yale Ct. School is on the right.
7:00 PM
Event: Northwood High School
Date: Monday, 1/14/2019
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:04 PM

Place: Northwood High School
Address: 4515 Portola Pkwy; Irvine
Location: 33°44’04"N, 117°44’57"W

Directions: Merge onto CA-91 E/Riverside Fwy toward Riverside; go 1.1 mi. Take exit 40 for California 241 South Toll toward Irvine; go 1.0 mi. Continue onto CA-241 S; go 5.8 mi. Keep right at the fork to continue on CA-261 S, follow signs for California 261 Toll S/Irvine; go 3.1 mi. Take exit 3 for Portola Pkwy; go 0.4 mi. Turn left onto Portola Pkwy; go 1.4 mi. Turn left onto Yale; go 0.3 mi. Turn left. Turn right. Turn left. School is on the right.
7:00 PM
Event: Santiago Hills Elementary
Date: Tuesday, 1/15/2019
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:05 PM

Place: Santiago Hills Elementary
Address: 29 Christamon W.; Irvine
Location: 33°43’07"N, 117°45’32"W

Directions: Take CA-55 South towards Costa Mesa,2.4 mi. Take exit 11A and merge onto I-5 South towards San Diego. Travel 3 miles and take exit 99 for Culver Drive. Turn Left onto Culver Drive. Turn Right onto Irvine Blvd, .7 mi. Turn Left onto Yale Ave, 0.3 mi. Turn Left onto Orange Arrow and then Right onto Christamon West. School is located on the Left.

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