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
[Online] History & Non-Fiction Book Club
San Jose, CA
We read history and/or non-fiction books each month. We meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 4pm PT in a Google Meet online meeting to discuss the books. New members are always welcome, even if you haven't read the book! The discussions are always interesting and lively, and sometimes range far beyond the book itself. Our group has been meeting and discussing books for over 10 years now. Anyone can suggest a book, and we vote on what we'll read. If you're interested in history and non-fiction topics, you'll love this group!
3rd Saturday of each month at 4pm PT (GMT -07:00)
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
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.
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!
Silicon Valley NVC - Nonviolent Communication
San Jose, CA
The purpose of the group is to learn and practice communicating compassionately through Nonviolent Communication (NVC). People with an interest in improving their communication skills in all contexts would benefit from this group (relationships, parenting, leadership, coaching, organizations, etc).
NVC is a non-judgmental paradigm of relating that includes introspection, deep listening with empathy, and honest expression. NVC was started by Marshall Rosenberg, PhD in the 1960s, and has been used throughout the world as a tool for conflict resolution, community building and peace. For more information on NVC, please go to the Center for Nonviolent Communication at <a>www.cnvc.org.</a>
When joining this group, please include a picture that clearly shows your face. Business, business casual, or casual clothing required at all times. <br>
About the "Giraffes" - the giraffe is used within the NVC community as a living metaphor for NVC consciousness because of its long neck for great visibility and hearing, for its ability to eat thorns for nutrition, and for its very large heart.
East Bay Philosophy Cafes
Walnut Creek, CA
Do you ponder the idea of the Good Life? Do you ask questions like, What is the nature of Truth? What is the meaning of Justice? Do you long to discuss these topics with others, in a friendly, informal setting? Look no further! The East Bay Philosophy Cafes group is exactly what you need to satisfy your philosophical urges!
The World Philosophy Group
Santa Monica, CA
We will meet online to discuss "philosophies" through the history and around the world.
Please join our discord : https://discord.gg/35JR9WK7Jj
The main thing we ask for is the commitment to discuss in a rational and civil manner. Open to people across the political, philosophic and faith (or lack thereof) spectrum.
It does not matter if you are beginner or advanced philosophy or hobbyists -- our focus is good, critical thinking skills (or the desire to cultivate them) and a commitment to rational, civil conversation.
Please join us to :
1. Sharing your reading/experiences
2. Asking questions
4. Learning new ideas
5. Comparing with different Philosophies
6. Making friends.
7. More ...
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.
Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society Meetup
We are (www.svas.org) the Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society (SVAS), and we are the oldest Astronomy group (Since 1945) of amateur/professional astronomers promoting an interest in Astronomy. Join us at various locations and also at our Observatory high in the Sierras. Before the pandemic, and hopefully again soon, we conducted public star parties at schools, museums, and other venues, as well as public presentations on astronomical topics. Members of SVAS have access to our Observatory and the large telescopes there, most notably the 16-inch Ritchey-Chretien!
We have established a GoFundMe account to assist us in helping youth learn more about astronomy and science in general.
- Helping support a student science scholarship program,
- Holding telescope workshops,- Maintaining telescopes used in our school stargazing programs, and
- Sponsoring member and public stargazing activities.
All society officers, directors and support help are unpaid volunteers, so 100% of your tax deductible donation goes exclusively to pay for costs related to the above activities.
We are based in Sacramento, California and have been operating as one of the oldest astronomical societies in the United States for over 75 years. So please help us by donating so that we can recruit teenagers and young adults to learn about the wonders of astronomy. We welcome you to visit our website at https://svas.org.
The Secrets of Good Communication
Good Communication is a skill that can be learned, and at each meeting we will take up a basic skill set, hear what each of us would like to improve and share successful actions.
Good communication can help you with:
~ Making more friends
~ Starting a happy relationship
~ Improve your family relationships
Join us at our online events from anywhere!
This group is created by the Dianetics and Scientology Life Improvement Center of Sonoma.
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.
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.
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."
San Francisco, CA
Wonderfest’s Mission is to inspire and nurture a deep sense of wonder about the world. Through science education programs, Wonderfest stimulates curiosity, promotes careful reasoning, challenges unexamined beliefs, and encourages life-long learning. Wonderfest, the San Francisco Bay Area Beacon of Science, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.
Los Angeles Stoics
Los Angeles, CA
We're promoting a philosophical community made of reasonable and kind people.
This is a group dedicated to reading and talking about Stoicism — philosophical works by all Stoics from Antiquity to Modernity. The readings and the pace at which we do them will be dictated by the group; the discussions will be primarily 'socratic;' and the atmosphere should be very comfortable and welcoming. The reasons you might have for joining us may include A) you want to critically engage in Stoic theory for the sheer intellectual pleasure of it; B) you want to learn about and apply Stoic practice for the therapeutic benefits; or C) both! We are currently meeting both IN-PERSON and ONLINE.
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.
Intuitive's Playground (ENFP, ENTP, INTJ, INFJ)
Huntington Beach, CA
Dominant Intuitives include these 4 types: ENFP, ENTP, INTJ, and INFJ.
Dominant Intuitives are stimulated by meaning, depth, creativity, big picture, underlying structure, imagination, and context.
They tend to pay more attention to the invisible world of imagination and concepts than the visible world of the senses.
Some of us are more extroverted, some more introverted.
Some of us prefer thinking, some feeling.
Some of us prefer a spontaneous lifestyle, some more structure.
But we all prefer to soar with our imagination rather than walk the ground with our senses.
This is a social group for dominant intuitives to connect and spend magical time together.
Mostly we'll meet for lunch or dinner and share big picture perspectives about current interests, which means anything that's stimulating our creative juices, with friends who easily "get it/us" and contribute their creative ideas/enthusiasm.
This is not meant to be a group devoted to MBTI discussions, although we can discuss type/temperament when we choose.
We've all felt the frustration of not being clearly heard - this group offers relief by speaking your language.