Suggested Science & Education Groups near California
Philosophers & Gamblers
San Jose, CA
P&G is a Philosophy Group in the Bay Area. We host and organizes various Philosophy related events from causal philosophical discussions(Everyday Philosophy Thursday) to highly focused philosophy paper/reading/Seminar type discussions(Monday). We have also a recurring Asian Philosophy paper discussion on Saturday. The common thread is that we engage with topics, and issues people are interested in, and want to talk about. P&G is about community both online and offline. We are in our own small way trying to empower the individual to better engage within our community and the larger world.
East Hills 4-H
San Leandro, CA
East Hills 4-H Club is a homeschool friendly 4-H club in Alameda County for youth ages 5-17 (accompanied by parents and supervising adults). Everyone is welcome to join us at our club meetings on the first Monday of the month, from 1-3 pm at Creekside Community Church, located at 951 MacArthur Blvd., in San Leandro.
See our website at http://www.easthills4h.org/ for more information. We cannot accept for membership anyone who does not have a child interested in joining 4-H, please see http://4halameda.ucanr.edu/ and http://4h.ucanr.edu/ for more information about what 4-H is and what we do. You can also email Kris at info@EastHills4H.org with additional questions.
4-H is a great complement to homeschooling. Along with the project based learning and leadership, public speaking, record keeping, community service and citizenship. 4-H helps develop the ability to work cooperatively with others, acquire knowledge and skills, explore careers, and make new friends.
San Francisco, CA
We're a community for the intellectually curious. We enjoy feeding our brains, meaningful conversations, and having some fun along the way. Events include podcast discussion groups, Think & Drink discussion groups, book clubs, Mini-TED Talks, and more.
We value Curiosity, Objectivity, Authenticity, Open communication, Free expression, Community, Sense of humor and Fun. If you value the same, join us at an event!
"Curiosity doesn't need to be solitary or selfish. When you set out to learn something new, find others to join you on the journey—and share your discoveries with them." - Adam Grant
San Jose, CA
*** San Jose Astronomical Association is monitoring closely the coronavirus, COVID-19, situation in Santa Clara county. In accordance with advisement from Santa Clara County Health Department we may be canceling some events in the next few weeks, as appropriate - especially those that involve close contact and shared surface on telescopes. Please check our Meetup to determine if an event has been canceled before heading out to the event. The board will periodically review the status of the outbreak and the guidance from the Santa Clara county to determine the impact upon upcoming events. ***
Welcome to SJ Astronomy Meetup. We are a very active group wth a lot of events organized by San Jose Astronomical Association. All events posted to this Meetup are open to the public but please note that joining this meetup does not automatically make you a member of SJAA. Becoming a formal member of SJAA provides additional members-only benefits, so we do encourage you to join. Please check out the membership benefits at https://www.sjaa.net/membership/benefits-of-membership-2/ to learn more and to join the club.
Also, please note that we need a profile picture for security reasons to join this group. Please consider uploading one before you send a request to join the group. Looking forward to share this cool hobby with you all!
Stimulating Conversation Social Club of Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek, CA
Do you yearn to find a friendly, social environment of people who like to discuss topics at a deeper level? Are you interested in topics in the humanities (such as history, philosophy, psychology, etc.) or science and technology? Are you looking for new friends who are interested in these topics as well? Then look no further! The Stimulating Conversation Social Club is what you've been looking for!
Bay Area Pie-Makers
San Mateo, CA
We're an eclectic network of like-minded people who are actively learning and teaching ways to achieve self-reliance, civic responsibility and integrity, and holistic health in all aspects of our lives including Mind, Body, Spirit, Family & Community.
People should join this group if they are interested in learning about the law, government, history, emergency preparedness, gardening, natural health, self defense, homeschooling, or if they have knowledge and skills in these topics which they would like to share with others in order to build stronger, happier communities.
We regularly network with other groups to organize and host events such as recipe exchanges, homeopathy study groups, legal writing skills workshops, cooking classes, book clubs, hiking excursions, range trips, etc.
Knowledge Sharing - learn something timely and meaningful
Do you want to learn something timely and meaningful? Come and join me in Knowledge Sharing. The rules are simple, 1) we agree on a topic we want to learn from each other; 2) we set up a time and a location (physical or virtual, where we feel comfortable), 3) then we learn. No money exchanged, only knowledge. Intrigued? Send me a note so we can start today.
Petaluma Salon: Art, Literature, Politics, Passion!
The "Petaluma Salon" is re-established!
We're a group of people who are really smart and like to read and have passionate discussions around all kinds of topics. We can poke fun of ourselves too! We prefer people who can have fun, laugh, and respect the opinions of others. We drift towards the left, but all views are welcome. We bring good food and drink wine and whatever. Sometimes we do a New Yorker article, sometimes a book, and Cards Against Humanity games. We've had art nights, speakers on Artificial Intelligence, Slow Food topics, movie nights, and of course topics such as Politics, Science, Philosophy and Death! Maybe a Podcast. Maybe a film. Anything that provokes imagination, creativity, and critical thinking. All ages welcome. We've had from age 17 to 80 as regulars in our group. So please join the fun!
Astronomical Assoc. of Northern California
The Astronomical Association of Northern California is a non-profit corporation for fostering astronomy in Northern California. We serve as a central location for member astronomy clubs, amateur astronomers and professionals throughout the area to share information about events and news regarding their organizations.
Clubs and other interested organizations: Appoint a PR person to post events here. Once your group is a supporting member - a sponsor link to your organization's web-site will be added here - as seen in the left column of this page.
Everyone is welcome to join the AANC Meetup group, receive notices of events posted in your area or bay-area wide. If you would, please let others who might be interested in local astronomy know about this Meetup Group. When you respond to one of the AANC posted Meetups, you are given an option to share it on other social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Please, spread the word!
Photo credit background image: Rogelio Bernal Andreo
How To Communicate Better and Be More Social
Sometimes being social can be more of a chore than fun. If you find yourself being anxious about talking with people, or if your goal is to make more friends, then this is group may suit you just fine.
Through these free webinars, we’ll show you how to:
- Be more open with others
- Be able to speak your mind
- Reduce social anxiety
- Communicate without getting upset or angry
- Be more social and friendly
- Make more friends
- Be more talkative
- Improve your communication and listening skills
From these free webinars, you'll gain some fundamental tools to help you communicate with greater ease. There are reasons why people feel shy or have social anxiety. We can explain why that is and how to overcome it!
We welcome you to our group! We are definitely interested in helping. Message us with any questions.
This group is sponsored by the Foothills Mission Dianetics & Scientology Life Improvement Center.
The ATXpo brings together faculty, students, and staff from ten Bay Area-based schools - University of San Francisco, UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, Stanford University, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, CSU East Bay, Sacramento State University, Santa Clara University and Saint Mary's College of California - to share, discuss, and promote effective practices for teaching and learning with technology.
In Focus - Discussing Issues In Depth
A moderated discussion of Issues: Social, Cultural, Economic, Scientific, Political, Philosophical. Each meet is focused on one topic with informative supporting text or video document. Hopefully a sharing of ideas, understanding and insight on a variety of issues will enlighten each of us individually. Civil discourse and a rational approach is assumed. I've been part of groups like this in other cities; can it happen in Stockton?
iNaturalist Happy Hour SF East Bay
Grab a drink with iNaturalist folks in the Bay Area and put faces to usernames! If you like adult beverages and the idea of meeting some of your fellow local iNat users doesn't fill you with dread, this is the event for you. If the idea *does* fill you with dread or a deep and abiding sense of not caring, that's cool too! We'll see you online. Never heard of iNat? Check it out!
We (the iNat staff who work in the Bay Area) are hoping to do this monthly, alternating between SF (near the California Academy of Sciences) and Oakland. Locations will probably vary, maybe the date too, so watch this space.
You don't have to sign up for a Meetup account to keep track of our events! Meetup publishes an iCal / Google Calendar feed you can integrate into your calendar. There are also RSS, Atom, and Outlook feeds linked at the bottom of the Meetup calendar.
BCE – Before Christian Era
BCE is a literary conversation group where we read together “classic” texts in a broad sense, from before the Christian era.
Reading aloud of key passages is central, as is slow reading, taking in no more than about 50 “pages” a session. Participants have the same edition in front of them so they can create a common experience.
Examples of texts we can take on: the epic of Gilgamesh, the Hebrew book of Genesis, the plays of Aristophanes, Homer’s Odyssey, the Kama Sutra, Song of Songs, or the Egyptian Story of Sinuhe.
History of Ideas Symposium
Los Angeles, CA
A Philosophy, Religion, Political book discussion group based on Columbia University's Contemporary Civilization Curriculum from Plato to Nietzsche and into the 20th Century. With bi-weekly sessions, the entire cycle should take 30 months to complete but one could join at any point in our survey of the 2500-year development of human thought. For a preview of course texts, under "Photos," select "Phil Book Covers."
Silicon Valley Random Sh!t
Los Altos, CA
Anyone who is looking for a group that does random sh!t, whether it be a coffee run, hiking, dancing to the 80's, or lectures on machine learning. This group aims to provide a place to find stuff to do that is good pickings from other groups so as to diversify activities.
Got some random Sh!t? Let us know and host an event. This group is intended to help people get outside of their comfort zone so that they can grow. It is hoped that members will take the opportunity to become hosts for activities that they would like to engage in and have others join in on the fun.
SO CAL EXPLORERS Field Trips for Adults
Fountain Valley, CA
UPDATE as of 8/1/21: Until further notice, we are asking that all attendees be fully vaccinated.
Join the So Cal Explorers Meetup for fun outings to learn, explore, and celebrate Southern California's most historic, iconic, interesting, cool and lesser-known spots. We'll enjoy walking tours, presentations, hiking, kayaking, museums, live music, movies, dining, exploring, and meetin' up. I’ll do my best to keep the costs down. Come explore with other like-minded folks for relaxed, casual and fun socializing, learning and dining.
History of Philosophy Study Group
September 2021 will be a great time to join our group as we will be starting a new study of Postmodern Philosophy. Our two texts will be Jean-Francois Lyotard's, " The Postmodern Condition " and " Postmodern Theory" by Best and Kellner. If interested please contact the organizer to arrange to learn about our group and how it operates.
The History of Philosophy Group currently has 6 active members. We meet near Sac State. We usually meet Monday evenings at 7 pm, We each prepare by reading an agreed upon assignment before each meeting. We have open discussion but we like to base our discussion upon the agreed readings. This is a great group for those missing academia or those thirsting for serious discussion.
Our philosophy: we read each philosopher with sympathy learning what we can from each of them. Some we may like more than others, but all of the major philosophers add to our understanding and open us up to looking at life from different points of view. Please contact Ken if you would like to join us and we can discuss the procedures , meeting place, readings, etc. Thanks for your interest.
Psychedelic Society Of Los Angeles (PSOLA)
Los Angeles, CA
This group is for people who are interested in getting together in small groups to discuss all topics psychedelic—study groups for students interested in psychedelic careers, book discussion meetings, and social hangouts, etc.
**We are probably not going to fire up until after social distancing is over, due to the extreme number of Zoom meetings already happening. But check the Discussions tab for links to other orgs' webinars and general group chat!**
It's a bit different from the other local psychedelic societies, in that it is not based around lectures, integration circles, or larger events, but is rather intended to be small clusters that get together and foster intimate community connections and new friendships. It is intended to have less centralized focus on organization and leadership, and more focus on facilitating peer-to-peer interactions and bonds. Members may even decide to attend larger events—other organizations' lectures, music festivals, conferences—in little carpool pods! It's all up to you, what you and the crew want to do! :)