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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
This is the "How to Use Your Telescope" session of the Beginners Astronomy Class, held at the Heritage Museum of Orange County in Santa Ana. If you have a telescope and would like some help learning to set it up and use it, bring it along to this class. As with all sessions of the Beginners Class, it is free and open to the public.

For details about the Beginners Class in general, including the schedule of topics and course handouts, 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.
7:00 PM
Event: Wagon Wheel Elementary
Date: Tuesday, 12/9/2014
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:44 PM

Place: Wagon Wheel Elementary
Address: 30912 Bridle Path; Trabuco Canyon

Directions: From North County, take CA-91 East to CA-241 S. Take exit 40 for CA-241 South Toll road; go 25.3 mi. Turn left onto Oso Pkwy; go 1.4 mi. Turn left onto Bridle Path. School is on the right. From South County, take the I-5 to the Oso Pkwy exit. Turn East on Oso Pkwy; go 5.1 mi. Turn left onto Bridle Path. School is on the right.
7:00 PM
Event: Rancho Middle School
Date: Wednesday, 12/10/2014
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:44 PM

Place: Rancho Middle School
Address: 4861 Michelson Drive; Irvine

Directions: Take CA-55 South to I-405 South. Take exit 6B for I-405 South. Merge onto I-405 S, go 4.2 mi. Take exit 4 for University Dr toward Jeffrey Rd. go 0.3 mi. Turn right onto University Dr.; go 0.4 mi. Take the 1st right onto Michelson Dr; go 0.6 mi. Pull in far east gate by handball courts. Setup on basketball courts.
7:00 PM
Event: Bryant Ranch Elementary
Date: Thursday, 12/11/2014
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:44 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.

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