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.
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
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!
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.
Join a growing group of workforce, education, hiring, training, and policy professionals - and all-around engaged and conscientious Bay Area citizens - for our monthly happy hour meetup every third Wednesday of the month. Over drinks we're exploring how to expand upwardly mobile career pathways for underserved people, how to create workplaces that nurture talent and expand mentorship, and how to ensure that career and education opportunities that were available to us are available to young people today. Our group is especially interested in modern apprenticeship models, but anyone interested in connecting with other people exploring these important questions is welcome to join. And bring a friend!
French conversation club every week 🏆 San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
We are a language institute with more than 18 years of experience. One of our study options is this French conversational group.
The purpose is to have conversational lessons every week in order to practice and learn your French skills with a professional teacher in groups of max. 6 people.
Let's improve your FRENCH conversation and grammar skills by socializing and exchanging experiences while you learn, laugh and speak. Every time we meet, we will talk about different topics, grammar explanations and listening comprehension. Members are admitted at all levels.
We also offer, PRIVATE LESSONS (ONE ON ONE). This option is the fastest way to achieve your specific goals such as conversation, grammar, preparation for future trips, learning the language in all abilities, etc.
You decide time and days you would like to take the lessons and we adjust to your schedule even on weekends, mornings or evenings.
We hope to have you in class.
International Language College
Testimonials from our French students: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji2H2p6cRwo
French conversational CLUB every week: https://youtu.be/lTKDi3-8cWE
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.
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.
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!
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."
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.
San Carlos, CA
Creating a space for minds to gather and work to throw-down prejudice and preconception. Too often we act out of habit, this group should encourage reflection and review of why we act and think the ways that we do, grow understanding, and encourage all humans to feel comfortable and competent discussing philosophic and ethical issues.
Communicate and Express Yourself Group
Do you want to be more outgoing, express yourself more, make more friends, and have better connections with people?
This is the group for you! The purpose of this group is to help you communicate better and express yourself more.
People who don't communicate are almost invisible to others. If being ignored is your ambition, then you probably have no use for this group, but if you would like people to know you, to understand you, to listen to you, or to be friends with you, then this group will help you practice the communication abilities.
For now, our meetings will be online. Later on, when we do not have to worry so much about the virus and such, we will also have in-person meetings. If you do not have online meeting experience, no problem. We are all in the same boat. It's actually pretty easy to learn. You can use your cell phone or laptop for our online meetups.
In our upcoming meetings, you will learn tools and practice:
- Public speaking skills
- One-on-one communication skills
- How to connect with people
- How to get rid of nervousness or anxiety with communication or public speaking
- How to enjoy communication
Join this group now, and I'll see you at our upcoming meetings! For any questions, please contact the group organizer, Tony, at 916-519-5287.
This group is created by the Dianetics & Scientology life improvement center.
Homeschool Friends & Fun
****This group is for homeschooling families in the Upland/Rancho Cucamonga/Ontario/Fontana/Claremont and surrounding cities with elementary age kids. Please only request to join if you will be able to attend events in this area and have kid(s) that are currently in grades K-6****
Join us as we bust the myth that homeschoolers are weird and not socialized :) Together our kids will have a blast at park days, go on fun and interesting field trips, and participate in other fun and unique shenanigans year round.
As a parent you will have many opportunities to share ideas, questions and frustrations; and make some friends of your own. This group is intended to be team effort, and all members have the option to host events if desired.
Before you click the "join" button, please be sure your profile picture includes you in the photo. We want to be able to put a face to a name because it helps us know who to look for at events. MEMBERSHIP REQUESTS WILL BE DENIED IF YOUR PROFILE PICTURE DOES NOT INCLUDE YOU IN IT, OR IF YOU DON'T ANSWER THE THREE QUESTIONS WHICH ARE REQUIRED!
This is an ACTIVE group! Please only join if you are ready to start attending events right away! Inactive members/habitual "no shows" will be removed from the group. No hard feelings, we just want to keep the group small and active.
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.
Thinking While Drinking OC
Thinking While Drinking is a group for anyone in the Orange County area interested in discussing topics that will exercise, stimulate and expand your mind - all while enjoying a drink at different locations in our beautiful county.
For each event, the facilitators will come prepared with a handful of thought provoking questions and concepts on the topic at hand, we'll see what everyone has to say and go from there...
We are not suggesting that life's difficult and fascinating questions will be neatly answered during our meetups nor that any sort of professional therapy or dogma will take place. This is just a space to meet other curious, sociable and open-minded people in an atmosphere of exploration and enjoyment.
Please check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for more group info. To see a list of every topic we have discussed hop over to our Topics page and every place (pre Covid) we have visited is on our TWD OC Chapter page.
Last but not least, our group is run entirely by volunteers and your donations go a long way to keep us afloat. Help support us by contributing to our Patreon or buying a custom TWD T-shirt or pint glass.
Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you (online for now) at an upcoming event!
Our Cosmos is a science advocacy group whose purpose is to promote community engagement and interest in the Cosmos and to foster intellectual curiosity. Activities include exploring the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM). Our Cosmos encourages the growth of rapidly expanding enterprises and products that will advance knowledge, benefit society and improve the way we live. It was inspired by the world renowned late astronomer and science popularizer, Dr. Carl Sagan.
The primary focus is through an edutainment (education and entertainment) platform; e.g. stage venues, lectures, hands-on exhibits, and tours of geological/archaeological/astronomical sites.
Most activities are centered in the Orange County/Los Angeles greater metropolitan areas. This Meetup was designed to create a real, face-to-face community. Friends and family are always invited except for certain events due to space limitation. Our Platform involves meeting real people and doing real things in the real world.
One Last Thing!
The goal is for each event to be interesting and memorable for everyone. Some events require reserving places for those who have RSVP'd or meeting at a specific place so that we all go as a group. If you are signed up and do not show up, you are a No-Show. If this is a habit, you may be blocked from signing up for some events or even removed from the group. Generally we only allow two or three No-Shows before doing this. We ask that you please be responsible and communicative so the rest of the group does not end up waiting for you when you aren't coming. No-Shows include last-minute cancellations for events with waiting lists.
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.
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.
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.