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


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


Give the Gift of Environmental Understanding to Yourself and Others

Various locations

Imagine being able to discuss climate change with the State Climatologist or learn about New Jersey's Geology from the people who map it. Wouldn't it be interesting to hear how New Jersey's environmental regulations get enforced from a person who actually does the enforcement? How about learning about the role of soils in the environment from the person who runs Rutgers' Soil Testing lab? These are some of the opportunities that are available to enrollees in the 2015 Rutgers Environmental Steward Volunteer Training Program. First classes begin as early as January 6, 2015, so act now! Graduates of this program become versed in the basic processes of earth, air, water, and biological systems. They will be educated on the techniques and tools used to monitor the health of our environment. They will also gain an understanding of the regulatory infrastructure of state and federal agencies operating in New Jersey. More information: envirostewards.rutgers.edu.


December 4 & 5: Workshops sponsored by the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College: Green Wreaths

Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore, PA 19081

Join members of the Arboretum staff for this ever-popular workshop. Create a unique and festive wreath with a variety of freshly cut greens. Our moss-filled frames allow for long-lasting decorations for your home and they also make wonderful holiday gifts. Register now! Sessions are limited to 20 participants. Please bring pruners and plastic (dish) gloves. We will supply all other materials. The cost is $40 for members and $50 for nonmembers. To register call 610-328-8025 or visit www.scottarboretum.org.


Dec 5, 12, 19 & 26: Friday Night Lights at Morris Arboretum's Holiday Garden Railway

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

Morris Arboretum's popular Friday Night Lights at the Holiday Garden Railway returns this year on four Friday evenings, Dec 5, 12, 19 & 26, from 4:30-7:30pm. This is a separate admission from daytime visitation and ADVANCED TICKETS are REQUIRED for Friday Night Lights. Prices are as follows: Adults: $16, Children: $8, Member adults: $9, and member children: $3. Set against the darkening winter sky, Friday Night Lights features the model trains in action, decorated for the holidays with thousands of twinkling lights as they zip around an outdoor quarter-mile track. Famous Philadelphia historic buildings adorned in winter finery surround the tracks to create a magical miniature holiday village. Pack a flashlight and have your children help lead the way through the garden as night falls. And at each Friday Night Lights event, Bredenbecks bakery in Chestnut Hill will give away 200 sweet treats; cocoa and snacks will also be available for purchase at the Visitors Center. While on site, pick up a few holiday gifts at The Shop at Morris Arboretum that specializes in locally sourced gifts, books, children's items, and hand-picked gardening tools. Visitors to Friday Night Lights on December 5 will delight in an appearance by Pennsylvania Ballet's The Nutcracker™ Sugar Plum Fairy and Mouse King from 4:30-6pm. Bring your camera and pose with these enchanting dancers for your family holiday photo! Friday Night Lights is a ticketed event separate from daytime admission. To purchase tickets via Ticket Leap, please visit www.morrisarboretum.org and follow the link.


December 6: Woodland Winter Wonderland

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media, PA 19063 United States

Join us in celebrating nature and the winter season with some simple old-fashioned fun that will get your family in the true spirit of the holiday season. Take a family photo in our beautiful antique sleigh (perfect for your holiday card!). Enjoy creating unique crafts, including natural ornaments using materials gathered at Tyler. The kids will love our Reindeer Scavenger Hunt and visiting our discovery stations to learn what the animals, birds and plants are doing to survive the cold. Take a festive hayride through the Arboretum meadows and warm up afterwards with hot beverages and holiday cookies. A cheerful mini bonfire will keep you warm throughout the event. While you are here, be sure to take advantage of The Country Gardeners' Annual Greens Sale to get some shopping done. Rain or shine. No pre-registration required. Free with admission. Limited capacity for hayrides; first come, first served. December 6 @ 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM


December 8 - 11: NOFA Organic Land Care Course

Philadelphia, PA

A 30-hour organic land care accreditations course for land care professionals, designers and environmental educators begins December 8 at PHS. This class provides a well-rounded curriculum for understanding organic land care principles, practices, design and maintenance. Presented in partnership with the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), the curriculum is based on NOFA's Standards for Organic Land Care, which extends the vision and practices of organic agriculture to the care of landscapes where we live our daily lives. Upon passing the accreditation exam at the end of the course, students become an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP), which is a marketable credential offering many benefits. For additional information and to register, click here. Members of PHS, the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN), Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association (PLNA) and other partners (check registration page) receive a 10% discount on the full registration fees. A 10% discount is also available to groups of three or more registered by the same business or organization.


February 3 - 7, 2015: 24th Annual Farming for the Future Conference

State College, PA

The Pennsylvania farming community will convene to celebrate and learn about "Nature as Mentor" during the 24th Annual Farming for the Future Conference, presented by the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) in State College, PA, February 3-7, 2015. More than 2,000 participants, comprised of agriculture industry workers as well as students and community and business leaders, will participate in workshops, trainings, exhibits, receptions showcasing regionally sourced foods, an educational program and unique special events. Highlighting the conference are two main addresses, well-known author/activist Frances Moore Lappé and conservation agronomist Ray "The Soils Guy" Archuleta. During Friday's opening keynote address, sponsored by Lady Moon Farms, Frances Moore Lappé will give attendees a look into the research for her book "World Hunger: 10 Myths," a topic that resonates throughout the agriculture community. Moore Lappé delivers her message of the importance of embracing agroecology, ending global poverty and meeting the climate challenge as pieces that come together to develop one "ecomind," an ideology she delivered through her book EcoMind. Through studying groups' struggles and successes throughout the globe, Moore Lappé addresses aligning with nature for effective practices to empower world citizens to end world poverty. Saturday's keynote, sponsored by PASAbilities Sponsor Kimberton Whole Foods, Ray Archuleta is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist whose passion for soil health has earned him the nickname "The Soils Guy." Archuleta is known for his infectious excitement while sharing his vast knowledge of soil health and agroecology principles, amassed over a more than 25 year career. His expertise extends to water health, quality and irrigation and, as a conservationist, addresses our responsibilities to protecting and nurturing these essential resources. In addition to these two phenomenal keynote addresses, the conference will also present six in-depth pre-conference tracks and over 100 main conference workshops. Kids have the opportunity to attend and learn as well with an ag-focused Future Farmers program just for them. A bustling TradeShow will connect attendees with over 80 agricultural businesses and organizations. Throughout the four-day event, conference goers will be entertained while they learn, with activities such as live music, movies, yoga, knitting circles, a seed swap and much more. Sponsorship opportunities are available for those who wish to join in this widely attended event. To learn more about the Farming for the Future Conference, visit pasafarming.org/conference.


May 3 & 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.