Next Meetup

Coastal Hike / Walk / Explore
Let's meet to exercise off the Thanksgiving day feast! From Fairview Park, we will walk down into Talbert Regional Park. Both of these environments are home to coyotes, herons/egrets, hawks, osprey, squirrels, rabbits and rattlesnakes. Although I've never seen the latter, thankfully, there are warning signs. There is also a lush indigenous landscape which makes for great photo ops and an awesome venue for birders. The terrain is mostly flat with a couple of inclines in and out of the park . We will walk/hike to the south side of Talbert Regional in to Canyon Park. The journey will be an around 5.25 miles, approximately 2 hours. Wear walking or trail shoes, comfortable clothing in layers as it is cool in the morning and warms up; hat, sunscreen, water, etc. Binoculars are a plus with all the wildlife. There are 2 restroom locations in the park area. Looking forward to sharing this nature oasis on the coast with my like minded friends of Backyard Skeptics! This will be the start of many hikes for the season with this one being the least challenging physically. It is best to join only if you are regularly physically active to avoid injury or exertion. Feel free to message me with any questions.

Fairview Park

2501 Placentia Avenue · Costa Mesa

Respond by: 11/23/2018

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We are a group of scientific skeptics (as opposed to 'conspiracy skeptics') with a heavy atheist 'bent'. If you don't believe in any supernatural deity, intercessory prayer or any paranormal ability this group is for you. We meet once a month in Villa Park (next to Orange) in Orange County, CA on the fourth Wednesday and Thursday (alternating). We also have many other events - usually at least once a week such as field trips, movie night and Irish pub nights.

Our meetings are in our backyard (hence the name) and usually has a guest speaker or a topic which is posted on the meetup announcement. We have many field trips and casual get-togethers just to socialize with other non-theists as well, and of course our great pot-luck summer and winter solstice parties.

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We serve dinner at our monthly meetings which are on the forth Wednesday or Thursday. Our members arrive around 6:45pm and the meeting starts a little after 7pm. Our meetings are where you can freely talk about your skepticism and non-belief without religious dogma.

Our goal: To support the atheist/agnostic/skeptic/humanist community with local meetings, potluck parties, and other social events. To spread the word that skeptics and non-believers are good and moral people and to promote secular values and the separation of church and state. We cherish humanistic values over any supernatural superstitions and encourage others to look at their worldview with critical thinking skills.

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