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
Event: Laguna Woods
Date: Tuesday, 10/13/2015
Viewing at 8:00 PM, Sunset at 6:23 PM
Place: Clubhouse 5
Address: 24262 Punta Alta; Laguna Woods
Directions: Take CA-55 to I-5 South. Merge onto I-5 South; go 11.9 mi to the El Toro Rd exit. Merge onto Paseo de Valencia; go 0.2 mi. Turn right onto El Toro Rd and go 2.1 mi to Calle Corta. Turn right on Calle Corta into Gate 9. Turn right at Avenida Sosiega; go 0.2 mi. Turn left at Monte Hermoso; go 0.3 mi. Turn right at Punta Alta, Clubhouse 5 is on the right.
Event: Shoreline Christian School
Date: Wednesday, 10/14/2015
Viewing at 7:30 PM, Sunset at 6:22 PM
Place: Shoreline Christian School
Address: 10350 Ellis Ave.; Fountain Valley
Location: 33°41’36"N, 117°56’58"W
Directions: Take CA-55 S towards I-405N. 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 left at Ellis Ave. and go 0.3 mi. School is on the right. Set up on the east side of the school.
Event: Dale Junior High
Date: Thursday, 10/15/2015
Viewing at 7:30 PM, Sunset at 6:21 PM
Place: Dale Junior High
Address: 900 South Dale; Anaheim
Directions: From North County: Take CA-91 Fwy west to Beach Blvd. Exit to Beach Blvd and go south 2.8 mi to Ball Rd. Turn left onto W Ball Rd; go 0.5 mi. Turn left onto S Dale Ave. School is on the right. Enter blacktop area through gate on south side of the school.
From South County: Take I-5 N. Take the Harbor Blvd exit toward Ball Rd; go 0.3 mi. Turn right onto S Harbor Blvd; go 0.1 mi. Turn left onto W Ball Rd; go 4.0 mi. Turn right onto S Dale Ave. School is on the right. Enter blacktop area through gate on south side of the school.
Event: Eldorado Emerson School
Date: Friday, 10/16/2015
Viewing at 7:15 PM, Sunset at 6:19 PM
Place: Eldorado Emerson School
Address: 4100 E. Walnut Ave; Orange
Location: 33°47’38"N, 117°48’34"W
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.
Explore the Stars in the Observatory campground on Palomar Mountain. For details, please contact Bob Nanz or Steve Short.
Event: Newhope Elementary School
Date: Monday, 10/19/2015
Viewing at 7:15 PM, Sunset at 6:16 PM
Place: Newhope Elementary School
Address: 4419 West Regent Dr.; Santa Ana
Location: 33°44’02"N, 117°55’39"W
Directions: Take CA-55 to CA-22 West. Take the CA-22 W/Garden Grove Fwy; go 5.7 mi. Take exit 11 toward Euclid St; go 0.3 mi. Turn right onto Trask Ave; go 0.3 mi. Turn right onto Newhope St; go 2.4 mi. School is on the left. Enter the black top area just north of W Regent Dr.
Event: Corey Elementary School
Date: Tuesday, 10/20/2015
Viewing at 7:15 PM, Sunset at 6:15 PM
Place: Corey Elementary School
Address: 7351 Holder St.; Buena Park
Location: 33°51’16"N, 118°01’17"W
Directions: Take CA-91 West to Knott Ave. Take exit 23A for Knott Ave then turn left onto S Knott Ave; go 0.2 mi. Take the 1st right onto Houston St; go 0.5 mi. Turn right onto Holder St.; go 400 ft. School is on the left.
Event: Washington Middle School
Date: Wednesday, 10/21/2015
Viewing at 7:15 PM, Sunset at 6:14 PM
Place: Washington Middle School
Address: 716 East La Habra Blvd; La Habra
Location: 33°55’50"N, 117°56’21"W
Directions: Take CA-57 North. Take exit 9 to Imperial Hwy. Turn left on Imperial Hwy; go 3.0 mi. Turn right at Harbor Blvd; go 1.0 mi. Turn left at E La Habra Blvd; go 0.3 mi. Turn left on McPherson St and then turn left on the path near the basketball courts.
Event: Mission Viejo Parks
Date: Thursday, 10/22/2015
Viewing at 7:30 PM, Sunset at 6:12 PM
Place: Murray Community Center
Address: 24932 Veterans Way; Mission Viejo
Location: 33°36’08"N, 117°39’05"W
Directions: Take CA-55 S to I-5 S. Take the I-5 S exit toward San Diego; go 1.1 mi. Merge onto I-5 S; go 13.0 mi. Take the La Paz Rd exit; go 0.3 mi. Turn left onto La Paz Rd. Slight left to stay on La Paz Rd; go 1.7 mi. Turn left onto Veterans Way; go 0.3 mi. Set up in parking on the left.
Event: Oka Elementary School
Date: Thursday, 10/29/2015
Viewing at 7:15 PM, Sunset at 6:05 PM
Place: Oka Elementary School
Address: 9800 Yorktown Avenue; Huntington Beach
Location: 33°40’42"N, 117°57’23"W
Directions: Take CA-55 South to I-405 N. Take exit 6A to merge onto I-405 N; go 4.0 mi. Take exit 12 for Euclid St; go 0.4 mi. Turn right onto S Euclid St . go 0.5 mi. Continue onto Ellis Ave; 1.0 mi. Turn left onto Brookhurst St; go 1.0 mi. Turn right onto Yorktown Ave; go 0.2 mi. Turn left onto Education Ln. Turn right at the second driveway. Drive across the field to the second (western) black-top area.
Event: Esplanade Elementary School
Date: Friday, 10/30/2015
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 6:03 PM
Place: Esplanade Elementary School
Address: 381 N. Esplanade Street; Orange
Location: 33°47’37"N, 117°48’30"W
Directions: Take CA-55 to Chapman Ave. Exit and head East on Chapman Ave E; go 0.6 mi. Turn left at N Prospect St; go 0.3 mi. Take the 2nd right onto E Spring St; go 0.5 mi. Turn left at N Esplanade St. School is on the right.
Event: Lake View Elementary
Date: Wednesday, 11/4/2015
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 5:00 PM
Place: Westmont Elementary
Address: 8251 Heil Ave; Westminster
Location: 33°43’25"N, 117°59’09"W
Directions: Take CA-55 South. Take the exit onto I-405 N; go 6.1 mi. Take the Warner Ave W exit toward Magnolia St; go 0.1 mi. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Warner Ave W/Magnolia St S and merge onto Warner Ave; go 1.0 mi. Turn right onto Newland St; go 0.5 mi. Turn left onto Heil Ave; go 0.3 mi. School is on the right.