What we're about

Are you a scientific skeptic? See our main page at www.BackyardSkeptics.com to find out if you are.

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.

We have a voluntary semi-annual donation of $20 on Jan 1 and July 1 which includes your first meeting and a dinner. As an alternative we have a $/month subscription you can sign up for at BackyardSkeptics.com.

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.

Bruce Gleason, founder

Upcoming events (5+)


Salmon Recital Hall

*A NO-HOST EVENT* THIS EVENT IS CROSS-POSTED WITH DOWNTOWN DABBLERS. DUE TO SPACE, THIS EVENT IS LIMITED TO 20 RSVP'S BETWEEN BOTH GROUPS. WHAT IS SOUNDCHECK? "SoundCheck is Chapman University's first co-ed a cappella group. We placed first at our 2015 ICCA quarterfinal and made it to ICCA finals in 2016! We are continually revising our sound and finding how to integrate our diverse stories into music. We love performing on and off campus." EVENT INFO FROM THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE https://www.facebook.com/events/2342626775969621/ "SoundCheck's annual concert! We'll be performing our ICCA set, some of our member's new arrangements, and sending off our seniors with their senior songs! The concert is on April 19th, at 8pm in Salmon Recital Hall, and it's FREE!"

Ladies Day Out - Women’s Secular Group of Southern California (WSGSC)

Irvine Ranch Water District - Community Meeting Room

For this month's 'Ladies Day Out', let's meet for the lecture 'What Remains of a Woman's Right to Choose' presented by retired Judge Lynne Riddle, Instructor, Reproductive Justice, UCI Law School and hosted by the Orange County Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. UPDATE: the presentation consists of a film entitled 'Trapped'. The following is information from the AU-OC site - Part of our on-going “Flicks for Thought” series, the film "TRAPPED" will be introduced by Judge Lynne Riddle (ret), Instructor, Reproductive Justice, UCI-Law School U.S. reproductive health clinics are fighting to remain open. Since 2010, 288 laws regulating abortion providers have been passed by state legislatures. In total, 44 states and the District of Columbia have measures subjecting abortion providers to legal restrictions not imposed on other medical professionals. Unable to comply with these far-reaching and medically unnecessary laws, clinics have taken their fight to the courts. In 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling (Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt) that prevents individual states from essentially outlawing abortion. Trapped follows the clinic workers and lawyers who were on the front lines of the battle to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women. The film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking. Typically the AU-OC meetings are about 1-1.5 hours; after which, we can gather for a bite to eat at one of the eateries within walking distance. Looking forward to seeing new and familiar faces for a thought provoking afternoon.

Hike to the Falls of Black Star Canyon

Black Star Canyon Trailhead

We will stroll along a shaded canyon with a rippling creek alongside with views of meadows, foothills and sycamore trees. The hike makes for good conversation. The trail is flat at the beginning with the incline beginning around the 2 mile mark and as we near the falls the trail consists of boulders like the photo above. With all the rain and water running in the creek, it should be the perfect season to see the falls. Here is a link with historical info: https://hikingguy.com/hiking-trails/hiking-orange-county/hike-black-star-canyon-trail/ We can grab a bite to eat after the hike at the Silverado Cafe** which is approximately 6 mi/10 mins away. **Silverado Cafe - 28272 Silverado Canyon Rd, Silverado, CA 92676 Distance: The hike is about 7 miles round trip and will take about 2.5 - 3 hours depending on our pace. Difficulty: Moderate Facilities: There are no facilities at the trailhead or along the route. Gear: Good walking or trail shoes, hat, sunscreen and layered clothing. Trekking poles can be very helpful on the inclines and over the rocks. Bring water, a snack if inclined or a light breakfast prior to your arrival is suggested. DIRECTIONS: From the 55 head north on Chapman which changes into Santiago Canyon Road, turn left at Silverado Canyon. Take the first left down Black Star Canyon Road until it dead ends into a gate. Park in the dirt along the paved road. HIKE GUIDANCE: Rain, extreme heat or wind might cancel the hike. Check the site the night before for an update. Wait at each trail crossing or turn-off for the rest of the group and the organizer. Let's enjoy nature with like minded friends! Silverado Cafe - 28272 Silverado Canyon Rd, Silverado, CA 92676

Sunday Morning Discussion Brunch

Marie Callender's

This meetup is held every 1st Sunday of every month. It's a laid back meetup designed to provide a less formal atmosphere and an opportunity to discuss a wide range of topics. Enjoy a casual communal breakfast with your fellow free thinkers! We do not tolerate trolls. If the purpose is to simply disrupt the group, they will be asked to leave. This is a recurring meeting that takes place the first Sunday of each month. The location is at Marie Calender's - 307 E Katella Ave, Orange, CA 92867. Please update your RSVP if you're unable to make it. Hope to see you there!

Past events (1,060)

Classic Movie Night - The Wizard of Oz

Regency Theatres

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