Sam's dilemma: A decision case for training horticultural volunteers

Stephanie Gale Jutila, Mary Hockenberry Meyer

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A decision case was developed and used to train volunteers at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The case presents a real life dilemma for volunteers at public horticultural institutions, allowing volunteers to experience a realistic decision making process, applicable to their volunteer jobs. Volunteers are able to identify that the decisions they make in their volunteer position ultimately affect the institution as a whole including visitors and volunteers. The case is written as an active learning tool for use in a volunteer orientation or continuing education workshop. Volunteers benefit from an enhanced understanding of the importance of communication of changes in life commitment, including how these changes relate to their particular volunteer interests.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)682-685
Number of pages4
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2005


  • Arboreta
  • Botanic gardens
  • Master Gardener
  • Public gardens


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