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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: Monday, 12/5/2016
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:44 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: University Park
Date: Tuesday, 12/6/2016
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:44 PM

Place: Held at Rancho San Joaquin Middle School
Address: 4861 Michelson Drive; Irvine
Location: 33°39’49"N, 117°48’26"W

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: Wagon Wheel Elementary
Date: Wednesday, 12/7/2016
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:44 PM

Place: Wagon Wheel Elementary
Address: 30912 Bridle Path; Trabuco Canyon
Location: 3334’51"N, 11735’29"W

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: Northwood Elementary
Date: Thursday, 12/8/2016
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:44 PM

Place: Northwood Elementary
Address: 28 Carson; Irvine
Location: 3342’17"N, 11746’12"W

Directions: Take the CA-91 West left exit onto CA-55 South toward Los Angeles - go 7.0 mi. Take exit #11A onto I-5 South toward San Diego - go 4.0 mi. Take the Culver Dr exit - go 0.4 mi. Turn left on Culver Dr - go 0.1 mi. Turn right on Trabuco Rd - go 0.7 mi. Turn left on Yale Ave - go 0.3 mi. Turn right on Southwood - go 0.2 mi. Turn right on Colt - go < 0.1 mi. Turn right on Carson - go < 0.1 mi.

7:00 PM
Event: Villa Valencia
Date: Monday, 12/19/2016
Viewing at 7:00 PM, Sunset at 4:47 PM

Place: Villa Valencia
Address: 24552 Paseo de Valencia; Laguna Hills
Location: 33°36’25"N, 117°42’16"W

Directions: Take CA-55 South to I-5 S. Exit 11A for I-5 S; go 1.1 mi. Merge onto I-5 S; go 5.9 mi. Keep right to stay on I-5 S; go 4.9 mi. Take exit 91 toward El Toro Rd; go 0.2 mi. Continue onto Paseo De Valencia; go 1.0 mi. Turn left. Turn left. Turn right. Destination is on the left. Drive car to the top level of the parking structure to set up telescopes.

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