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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

7:30 PM
The first session of the Beginners Astronomy Class gives a general overview of all of the different objects you can see in the night sky, with some history and information about what they are and their significance.

The Beginners Astronomy Class is held at the Heritage Museum of Orange County in Santa Ana. For details, please see the webpage on the Beginners Class, under "About OCA" and "Special Interest Groups," or click here.
Free and open to the public as well as members of OCA.
Note: All people who attend will be invited to visit our Anza dark site or our Black Star Canyon dark site as guests at one of our monthly star parties.
6:00 PM
Explore the Stars in the Observatory campground on Palomar Mountain. For details, please contact Bob Nanz or Steve Short.
7:00 PM
Event: Nix Nature Center
Date: Saturday, 9/19/2015
Lecture at 7:00 PM; Viewing at 8:00 PM, Sunset at 6:56 PM

Place: Nix Nature Center
Address: 18751 Laguna Canyon Rd; Laguna Beach
Location: 333630"N, 1174548"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).
8:00 PM
Event: Los Alamitos Elementary Campout
Date: Friday, 9/25/2015
Viewing at 8:00 PM, Sunset at 6:48 PM

Place: Los Alamitos Elementary Campout
Address: 10862 Bloomfield St.; Los Alamitos
Location: 3348’21"N, 11803’43"W

Directions: Take CA-91 West. Take the Valley View exit. Turn left onto Valley View from the exit ramp; go 3.0 mi. Turn right onto Ball Rd. go 2.0 mi. Turn left onto Bloomfield St and go 0.8 mi.

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