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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

8:30 PM
Take CA-55 South towards the 405, Costa Mesa. Use Right two lanes to merge onto 405 North towards Long Beach, 5.0 mi. Take exit 14 for Brookhurst St - keep Left at the fork, following signs for Brookhurst St South. Merge onto Brookhurst St. Turn Right onto Ellis Ave, 2.0 mi. Continue onto Main Street, 1.5 mi. Use Right two lanes to make a Right onto 17th St., 0.5 mi. Turn Left onto Palm Ave. School will be on your Left.
8:30 PM
Event: OC Parks Upper Newport Bay
Date: Friday, 4/26/2019
Viewing at 8:30 PM, Sunset at 7:31 PM

Place: OC Parks Upper Newport Bay
Address: 2301 University Drive; Newport Beach
Location: 33°39’16"N, 117°53’11"W

Directions: Take CA-55 South towards Costa Mesa. Use the Right 2 lanes to take Exit 5A towards SR-73 South to San Diego, 0.9 mi. Merge onto SR-73 S and take Right lane to take Exit 16 towards Irvine Ave/ Campus Dr., 0.2 mi. Use Right lane to merge onto SE Bristol St., 0.1 mi. Use Right 2 lanes, turn Right onto Irvine Ave., 0.9 mi. Turn Left onto University Dr. Park will be on your immediate right, take 2nd driveway to turn into employee parking lot. (Do not use public parking lot)
8:45 PM
Event: Girl Scout Troop 103
Date: Friday, 5/3/2019
Viewing at 8:45 PM, Sunset at 7:37 PM

Place: Girl Scout Troop 103
Address: 5900 Cathy Ave; Cypress
Location: 33°48’46"N, 118°01’53"W

Directions: Take CA-55 South to CA-22 West/ Garden Grove Fwy. 12 mi. Take Exit 5 for Valley View St towards Bolsa Chica Rd/ I-405 S. Use Right 2 lanes, turn Right onto Valley View St., 2.5 mi. Turn Left onto Cathy Ave. and make an immediate Right onto Kristen St. The school will be straight ahead.

8:15 PM
Wilson Elementary School Outreach programs has been canceled due to cloudy skies.
8:15 PM
Event: Wilson Elementary School
Canceled due to cloudy skies.

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