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.

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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

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E202 -- Teaching News Literacy

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E301 -- Teaching Multimedia Journalism

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Youth Afterschool Courses

Y101 -- Documentary Workshop

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Y102 -- Studio Production

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Y102 -- Radio Production

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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 in the New Year (details on all to come soon):

Feb 27 - March 1: Capital Remodel & Garden Show

Dulles Expo Center, Chantilly, VA

Mike's schedule - More details here

  • Friday at 4: Attracting Birds, bees, butterflies & toads
  • Saturday at 1: Grow your Tastiest Tamatas!
  • Saturday at 5: Lovely & legal lawn care; how the new lawn care regs will help your turf
  • Sunday at noon: Grow Tasty Tamatas
  • Sunday at 3: Lovely & legal lawn care
More details at the official show site Enter Promo code: "McGrath" to get four bucks off online tickets

Thursday March 5: Bartlett Tree Symposium at the Philadelphia Flower Show; 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Philadelphia, PA

Mike will be one of the guest speakers at the Bartlett Tree Symposium held at the Philly Flower Show. Details: www.plantonemillion.org

Thursday March 5: Philadelphia Flower Show "Gardener's Studio" lecture; 5 p.m.

12 & Arch Streets, The Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Mike will answer YOUR questions in a fast-paced Q & A in the Gardener's Studio--a nicely appointed lecture/demo area right on the show floor. Free with Flower Show admission. Details: theflowershow.com (Hint: Become a member of PHS or buy online tickets in advance to get the best deal.)

March 14 & 15: Home Show

Fredericksburg, VA

Details: www.fredericksburgspringhomeshow.com

March 28: Delaware Home Show

Chase Center in Wilmington, DE

Mike will deliver talks on "Attracting Birds, Bees, Butterflies & Toads" at 11 am and "Lovely & legal lawn care" at 3 pm. Details at delawarehomeshow.com

April 19th: Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival

Leesburg, VA

Mike will deliver two talks at the 25th anniversary of this great event: 'Get Your Lawn off Drugs!' at 11 a.m. and 'Grow your Best Tasting Tomatoes EVER!' at 1:30 p.m. www.flowerandgarden.org

April 22: Lecture for Athertyn

Wayne, PA (a luxury living community in Haverford

Details: www.athertynpursuits.com

May 6: Evening appearance at Pennswood Village

Pennswood Village

Details to come

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

Details to come

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

May 12, 13 and 14: Alabama Master Gardeners Conference

Dothan, Alabama

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

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

February 28, 2015: Pancake Breakfast & Maple Sugaring Celebration

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media, PA 19063

Bundle up and enjoy this annual celebration of the maple tree's sweet offerings. Walk through our discovery stations to learn how sap is turned into syrup. Then, satisfy your appetite in the historic Barn with our famous all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast. Hot coffee and cocoa accompany this delicious wintertime feast. Cost: No pre-registration required; Adults: $12, Children (ages 3-12) $8, Under 3 FREE. 8:00am - 1:00pm.

Saturday, Feb 28 through Sunday March 8, 2015: Philadelphia Flower Show

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th & Arch Streets; Center City Philly

The 2015 edition of the world's biggest and best indoor flower show celebrates the movies ("Lights! Cameras! Bloom!"). Proceeds from the Flower Show are used throughout the year to green the city and support community gardening projects, particularly the City Harvest program, which feeds more than 1,200 families each week during the growing season.

Mike McGrath's patented Flower Show Travel Tips:

  • Open until 9 pm every night, the best viewing times are after 4 pm. (Tour buses filled with people from outside our area tend to arrive early in the morning and leave around 3 pm to escape rush hour traffic.)
  • Don't try to drive directly to the show; traffic will be a mess for many blocks in every direction. Take public transportation or park in one of their designated feeder lots and they'll shuttle you in and out.
  • Get your hand stamped when you enter and you can then leave the Convention Center for lunch or dinner and come back in (as many times as you want that day). Don't go across the street and take the last roll at Tommy DiNic's; I'll know it was you.
  • PHS (Pa Horticultural Society) members receive free tickets to the show, use of the exclusive member's lounge adjacent to the show floor, discounts in the Marketplace area and other benefits--often at a lower price than the face value of the member tickets you'll receive. (Hint. Hint.)
  • Tickets purchased online in advance cost less than at the door. Family packages cost less than multiple regular tickets.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers; the room is kept cool to prolong the life of the flowers. There are coat check rooms to ditch your outermost layers.
  • If you feel exhausted, overwhelmed and exhilarated at the end, you did it right.

March 7, 2015: Introduction to Beekeeping

EARTH Center located in Davidson's Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick.

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County is hosting a free introductory workshop about beekeeping. Introduction to Beekeeping is scheduled to be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 7 at the EARTH Center located in Davidson's Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick. Come learn the basics about establishing a hive on your own property. A supply of catalogues will be on hand to demonstrate the materials necessary. Also to be discussed will be garden plants that can serve as pollen sources when naturally occurring sources are not easy to find in our area. Though this is a free workshop, pre-registration is required at 732-398-5262 by March 4. No "walk-ins" are permitted. The size of these classes is limited, so register early to ensure a space. For more information, contact the EARTH Center at 732-398-5262.

March 12, 2015: The Living Landscape Lecture and Book Signing

The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

Join Natural Lands Trust and the Academy of Natural Sciences for an evening lecture and book signing featuring Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy, authors of the best-selling book The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden. Explore the layers of the landscape and what role the plants within them play in the larger environment, from providing berries for birds, food for bugs, or a place for bees to pollinate. The authors then put this information into context and offer design strategies to implement in a home garden.

Advance Registration Required. Ticket price includes light bar and hors d'oeuvres reception.
General Public: $45
Natural Lands Trust and Academy of Natural Sciences Members: $30
Tickets at: www.natlands.org/events/livinglandscape

March 14, 2015, 1 - 4 p.m.: Grafting workshop with You Bet Your Garden's go-to fruit tree and pruning expert, Lee Reich.

Historic Bartram's Garden

Lee will explain and demonstrate techniques for whip and bridge grafts. All attendees will graft their own pear or Asian pear tree to bring home or donate to the Philadelphia Orchard Project to plant in a community orchard in the city. Space is limited for this hands-on workshop; advance registration required. $60 for general public, $50 for Bartram's Garden members and POP partners & volunteers. Register online at: http://leereichphilly.bpt.me. For more, see http://www.leereich.com/workshops or http://www.bartramsgarden.org/event/fruit-tree-grafting-with-lee-reich/

April 12, 2015: Sustainable Garden Design: PHS Eugene and Marie-Louise Jackson Lecture Series

Lehigh Carbon Community College, 4525 Education Park Drive, Schnecksville, PA 18078

This program will outline a number of design techniques, such as using recycled items, plant placement, and even choosing deer-resistant plants that will simultaneously help Mother Earth and provide a more attractive garden for year-round enjoyment. A long-time proponent of unusual and fun plants, lecturer Bruce Crawford is responsible for Rutgers University's 180-acre garden. He is also an adjunct professor in Landscape Architecture at Rutgers. This lecture is part of the PHS Eugene and Marie-Louise Jackson Lecture Series and is jointly sponsored by the Allentown Garden Club, the Hardy Plant Society, and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Round out the day with lunch or dinner at an area restaurant and visit interesting local sights in and around Allentown. Travel directions will be sent in early April. The fee for this lecture is $10 per person. Please pre-register at www.pennhort.net/lehigh.

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.

April 30 - May 2, 2015: Native Plant Sale

Coverdale Farm Preserve in Greenville, DE

The Native Plant Sale features more than 300 rare, unusual and favorite varieties of native wildflowers, trees, shrubs, ferns and aquatic plants for all growing conditions, including drought-tolerant. Some are introductions from the nearby Mt. Cuba Center and many species attract wildlife such as birds and butterflies. It is open from April 30 - May 1 from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM for members only, and to the public on May 2 from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM and May 3 from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Admission to this event is free.