Dear GreenTeam-ers,

We are disappointed to inform you that due to the unusually warm weather, the Parks Department has had to make the hard decision to cancel Winter Jam 2012, originally scheduled for Saturday, February 4 in Prospect Park. It is simply too warm to make snow, and the long-range weather forecasts and current ground temperatures make it extremely unlikely that snow could be made.

Winter Jam has been an official NYC Parks tradition for the past ten years and we could not have had the success that we have without volunteers like you! We appreciate your eagerness to come out in any weather to help us recycle to keep our events clean and green.

Although disappointed that we won’t be working with you all at Winter Jam 2012, we would like to make you aware of some other great green volunteer opportunities.

GrowNYC: is one of our partner organizations and you will usually find their table right next to ours in the Green Zone at our Special Events. With a similar mission to recycle and compost, GrowNYC is always seeking volunteers to help out at events throughout the five boroughs. With too many opportunities to list in this blurb, you can find a comprehensive listing of GrowNYC’s volunteer opportunities at their home page.

MillionTreesNYC: Save the date for the upcoming Spring Planting Day which will take place on April 28th! Find out more information on how to get involved with the program. By filling out the mailing list form, you will receive the program’s newsletter as well as information about upcoming volunteer events.

Green Teens: is a New York City Parks & Recreation anti-litter initiative to engage young people to become stewards of their parklands and recreation centers.Through the program, you can learn how to make a “green” positive impact in your local neighborhood parks and recreation centers by removing litter, collecting recyclables, watering trees, attending sustainability workshops and most importantly encouraging the public not to litter. Green Teens is currently accepting submissions for their “Anti-Litter Video Public Service Announcement Contest”. Find out more information about the program as well as how to submit entries for the PSA contest by visiting their blog.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG): is another Green Zone partner who offers a variety of volunteer opportunities from work in BBG’s adminsitrative office to helping young visitors learn and explore in the learning garden to helping at the BBG special events. With a diverse mix of volunteer opportunities available, you should sign up to participate!

With a whole year before Winter Jam 2013, we hope you will continue to volunteer from now until then to make sure that New York City stays clean and green!