WHYY Events

About WHYY Events

Each year, WHYY hosts over 80 events connecting you to the best that public media and the region have to offer, including meet-and-greet opportunities with your favorite public media personalities like Ira Glass, Terry Gross, Jim Lehrer and yes, Cookie Monster; film screenings; political and policy forums; concerts; PBS Kids character parties; and much, much more.

WHYY members have access to special Member-only events and opportunities, and receive free or discounted admission to all other WHYY events. Also, with the WHYY Member Card, WHYY members receive 2-for-1 admission and other great discounts at a wide variety of the region's museums; cultural, educational and family-friendly organizations; performing arts and theater venues; and more! Visit WHYY's Member Card Partner Page for the full list.

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Courses at WHYY's Public Media Commons

The Public Media Commons is a physical embodiment of WHYY's commitment to community engagement. It serves as a hub of media literacy for the Philadelphia area, a gathering place for educators, a hands-on learning environment for students and a venue for performers and lecturers. Select a course below for more information and to register, or view the current course catalog (PDF).

Summer Camps

Y201 -- Young Journalists Summer Camp 2013

Y202 -- WHYY Film Academy 2013

Adult Learning Courses

C101 -- Intro to Shooting Video

C102 -- Intro to Video Editing

C202 -- Beginning Documentary Production

C203 -- Audio Storytelling

C204 -- Editing with Final Cut Pro

C301 -- Intermediate Documentary Production

  • Course registration coming soon

C401 -- Advanced Documentary Seminar

  • Course registration coming soon

C105 -- Stories of Mom and Dad

C104 -- Tell Your Story

  • This experience is offered by appointment only. For more information and to make an appointment to tell your story, call 215-351-3318.

Courses for Educators

E201 -- Teaching Documentary Production

  • Course registration coming soon

E202 -- Teaching News Literacy

  • Course registration coming soon

E301 -- Teaching Multimedia Journalism

  • Course registration coming soon

Youth Afterschool Courses

Y101 -- Documentary Workshop

  • Course registration coming soon

Y102 -- Studio Production

  • Course registration coming soon

Y102 -- Radio Production

  • Course registration coming soon

Arts Shuffle

WHYY's Arts Shuffle highlights what's going on in your area with a weekly selection of regional arts and culture opportunities. Plus, an in-depth listing in the NewsWorks entertainment gude. See what's new »

Events with You Bet Your Garden's host, Mike McGrath

Mark your calendars! Here's where Mike will be appearing this year:

May 20 at 7 pm: Lecture for the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church's Environmental Justice Committee and Mainline Interfaith Green Group (M.I.G.G.)

Bryn Mawr, PA

More information at http://www.bmpc.org/images/Outreach_PDFs/InhabitingEdenWebsite.pdf

Sunday, June 14: Earth Fair at Historic Smithville Park

803 Smithville Road, Eastampton, NJ

Rain or Shine
Mike says: A great family event in a fabulous historic (and highly horticultural) setting.
Venue info: http://www.co.burlington.nj.us/948/Historic-Smithville-Park
Mike's talk times coming soon!

June 26: Lecture at the Sea Isle City, New Jersey Library

Sea Isle City Branch of the Cape May County Library, 4800 Central Ave. in Sea Isle

Details at www.cmclibrary.org

July 26 - August 3rd: Mike leads a river cruise through Southern France (!) for Grand American tours.

France Sign up soon before all the cabins are gone!

And already booked for 2016!

April 9: Lancaster PA Master Gardeners

Lancaster, PA

Details to come

Mike McGrath at TEDx

Mike McGrath covered everything you need to know about composting at the TEDxPhoenixville event in October 2012. Find his talk helpful? Be sure to mark your calendars to catch Mike at other fun & informative gardening events, listed below!

Gardening events in the Delaware Valley

May 5, 2015: University of Delaware Botanic Gardens Clear-The-Decks Plant Sale

Newark, DE

Do you still need a few plants for that new garden bed, to fill out your containers with summer color or to tuck in a gap in your existing border? Take advantage of the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens' Clear-the-Decks Plant Sale on Tuesday, May 5 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. In addition to a wide selection of regularly priced plants, select perennials, tropicals, shrubs, and trees will be reduced 25-50% off. For information, call 302-831-2531 or visit our website: http://canr.udel.edu/udbg/.

To enjoy exclusive member benefits, join the UDBG Friends online, or contact Melinda Zoehrer at (302) 831-0153. The Gardens are open year round to provide ideas and inspiration, or for a quiet stroll. UDBG contributes to an understanding of the relationships between plants and people through education, research, cooperative extension, and community support.

May 8, 2015, 4 - 6 p.m.: Celebrate National Public Gardens Day with the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College

Terry Shane Teaching Garden (Scott Arboretum offices) Rain Location: Wister Center

Celebrate National Public Gardens Day with a Blooming Bash! Bring a friend and celebrate spring at the Scott Arboretum with a complimentary garden reception on Friday, May 8 from 4 to 6 pm. Enjoy a cup of tea or a glass of wine and light fare in a lovely outdoor setting as well as garden giveaways. Discover our inspiring gardens, part of "the most beautiful campus in America," free to the public 365 days a year! Also, learn about the robust programming and fun opportunities the Scott Arboretum offers.

As a special offer, Blooming Bash guests who become members will receive a complimentary gift along with an exciting bundle of benefits to enjoy throughout the year.

More Info: http://www.scottarboretum.org

May 16, 2015, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day

Middlesex County Highways Division - North Brunswick

Middlesex County residents with ID can bring household hazardous wastes for drop-off. Call 732-745-4170 for details or e-mail solidwaste@co.middlesex.nj.us

May 17, 2015: CRC, Media and Nether Providence Work to Multiply Rain Gardens

Media Borough and Nether Providence Township

The Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association (CRC) is promoting rain gardens as an attractive and affordable way for homeowners to reduce polluted runoff thanks to a grant from the Water Resources Education Network. Media Borough and Nether Providence Township feature demonstration rain gardens at their municipal headquarters and each will work with CRC and Aqua Pennsylvania to encourage residents to plant a "do it yourself" rain garden at home. A rain garden is a depression planted with grasses, flowers, and shrubs that allows rainwater from hard surfaces to absorb into the ground instead of flowing into streams. Rain gardens improve water quality in nearby streams and also serve as a beautiful alternative to lawn, enhancing curb appeal in residential neighborhoods. After large storms all of the water in a properly designed rain garden will absorb within 48 hours so they do not harbor mosquitoes. Nether Providence Township and Media Borough will each host a community workshop on rain gardens, scheduled for May 3 and May 17, 2015, respectively. More details on the workshops will be available at www.crcwatersheds.org in the spring. The project will also produce new web materials and signs at the demonstration sites that connect homeowners with the information they need to build their own rain garden. The project is funded by the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Education Fund through a Section 319 federal Clean Water act grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For more information, please contact CRC at 610-359-1440 or info@crcwatersheds.org.

May 23, 2015, 10 a.m. - Noon: Beyond Organics: Lawns & Landscapes Without Pesticides

Davidson's Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick, NJ.

Incorporate resistant varieties, proper cultural techniques and learn to encourage beneficial microbes which keep plants healthy. This is a free workshop with pre-registration. Call 732-398-5262

May 23, 2015, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.: Container Gardens for All Seasons

Davidson's Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick, NJ.

Container gardening is a great idea for those without workable land. Learn the skills needed to be successful. This is a free workshop with pre-registration. Call 732-398-5262

June 6, 9:30 a.m.: Meeting of the Delaware Valley Branch of the American Begonia Society

Meadowbrook Farm Nursery - 1633 Washington Lane, Meadowbrook, PA 19046

Jenny Rose Carey, the new director of Meadowbrook Farm, will speak on aspects of shade gardening. Also, challenge plant show will be held. Free admission. For more details: dfevans@msn.com

June 20: Community Gardens Day

The Neighborhood Gardens Trust, Philadelphia's largest land trust, will celebrate the second annual Community Gardens Day on Saturday, June 20, 2015. Participating gardens throughout the city will welcome visitors to an array of free activities highlighting the benefits of preserving and supporting community gardens and open spaces. Participating gardens will host demos, workdays, performances, family activities, and other special programs. To find a garden near you, go to http://ngtrust.org/index.php/community-gardens-day/.

June 28, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Fairy and Wizard Festival

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd., Media, PA 19063

Join us in the wonderful land of fairytales and nature, where all is mystical! Become a dragon, make a fairy wand, plant a magic bean and enjoy lots more imaginative play. Listen to enchanted tales from around the world by story teller Greta Rech, and live entertainment from our strolling Celtic musician Mary Roth. Gourmet pizza will be available for purchase from the Pizza Wagon. Event proudly sponsored by Children’s Dental Health Associates and the Tooth Fairy! FREE with admission; no pre-registration required; rain or shine.

New and Beginning Farmer Training Program

Various locations

The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension is pleased to announce its 2015 New and Beginning Farmer Training Program. This extensive program is designed for new and beginning farmers working in small-scale vegetable and/or fruit production. Through hands-on training, demonstrations, workshops, field trips and farm tours, as well as self-study, growers will spend an entire growing season learning and growing with Delaware Cooperative Extension, and other, invited agriculture industry professionals. Although not limited to the following topics, this training will explore the fundamentals of soil fertility and health, basic crop production, integrated pest management, food safety, marketing, business planning and development, and provide an excellent networking opportunity. This training program is scheduled for the entirety of the growing season.

In New Castle County, meetings are scheduled for the third Monday evening of the month, 6-8 pm, February- May and September-November on February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June-July-August (dates to be determined at the start of the training program based on participants' availability), September 21, October 19, and November 16. Sessions will be held at the Extension Office, and on the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources campus and cooperating farms. There will be additional evening and occasional Saturday sessions to accommodate field trips, hands-on activities and farm tours.

In Sussex County, meetings are scheduled for the fourth Monday evenings of the month, 6-8 pm on February 23, March 23, April 27, May 19 (due to the Memorial Day holiday), June-July-August (dates to be determined at the start of the training program based on participants' availability), September 28, October 26 and November 23. Sessions will be held at the Extension Office, Carvel Research and Education Center and cooperating farms. There will be additional evening and occasional Saturday sessions to accommodate field trips, hands-on activities and farm tours.

For registration information and any additional questions or concerns, please contact Carrie Murphy, Extension Educator, at cjmurphy@udel.edu or 302-831-2667 in New Castle county; or Tracy Wootten, Extension Educator, at wootten@udel.edu or 302-856-7303 in Sussex county.

Become a guide at Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118

Guides give their time and energy to the Arboretum for many reasons: to learn exciting new things, to be inspired by the beauty of Morris Arboretum, and also to meet staff and other volunteers who believe trees are vitally important to everyone's life. Our very knowledgeable guides promote the Arboretum's mission to their neighbors and friends by encouraging them to visit, volunteer and become members. Even more importantly, guides encourage environmental stewardship in neighborhoods near and far. Become a guide at Morris Arboretum and share your knowledge and joy of nature with others! New guide training, a 30-hour course, is scheduled for 11 days in March. Register early to reserve your space and this spring you could be leading your own tour. For more information and to register, contact Liza Hawley, Assistant Director Visitor Education, at efhawley@upenn.edu or 215-247-5777 x128. www.morrisarboretum.org

Delaware Master Gardener Volunteer Educator Training

To learn more about the Master Gardeners and the Training Program, attend an information session at your local library this month:
Hockessin Library: Monday, March 23, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Appoquinimink Library: Wednesday, March 25, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Brandywine Hundred Library: Monday, March 30, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Delaware Cooperative Extension in New Castle County is now accepting applications for Master Gardener volunteer educator training. Training will run Monday and Wednesday afternoons starting Wednesday, September 2, 2015 and continuing through November 23, 2015. "This training program is designed to make good educators out of good gardeners," said Extension Educator Carrie Murphy. "Trainees pledge to devote volunteer time to help Cooperative Extension provide research-based information to the gardening public. Without this volunteer program, we could not reach nearly as many people as we do now." Training consists of horticultural and educational topics, with emphasis on hands-on experience and active learning techniques. There is a training fee of $150. Scholarships are available based on financial need. This and all other Delaware Cooperative Extension System programs are open to all without regard to race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin.

For additional information, please contact Carrie Murphy, cjmurphy@udel.edu, (302) 831-2506 or visit http://extension.udel.edu/lawngarden/joinmastergardener.