Location: 414 Edwards Hall
B.S. Virginia Tech (Psychology), Blacksburg, VA
M.S. Arizona State University (Recreation), Tempe, AZ
Ph.D Virginia Tech (Human Dimensions of Forestry), Blacksburg, VA
My research explores the intersection of positive youth development and nature. I am particularly interested in how nature-based experiences contribute to positive youth development outcomes and how human contact with nature transforms youth, families, and communities. Much of my work has examined camps and other out-of-school time settings. Current interests include investigation of the influence of over-involved parents on youth program quality, the long term impacts of camp experiences on career development, and the antecedents of change within positive youth development programs.
Publications: (last 5 years)Refereed Journal Articles
Garst, B. & Ozier, L. (in press). Enhancing youth outcomes and organizational capacity through a camp based reading program. Journal of Experiential Education.
Garst, B., Baughman, S., & Franz, N. (2014). Benchmarking professional development practices across youth-serving organizations. Journal of Extension, 52(5). Retrieved from: http://www.joe.org/joe/2014october/a2.php
Ventura, A., Anzman-Frasca, S., & Garst, B. (2014). Mealtimes at residential summer camps: What are camp staff doing to promote campers' healthy eating behaviors? Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
Duerden, M., Witt, P., Garst, B., Bialeschki, D., Schwarzlose, T. & Norton, K. (2014). Impacts of camp employment on the workforce development of emerging adults. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 32(1), 26-44.
Garst, B., Erceg, L., & Walton, E. (2013). Injury and illness benchmarking and prevention for children and staff attending U.S. camps: Promising practices and policy implications. Journal of Applied Research on Children, 4(2), article 5. Retrieved from http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/childrenatrisk/vol4/iss2/5.
Ventura A., & Garst, B. (2013). Residential summer camp: A new venue for nutrition education and physical activity promotion. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 10(64). Retrieved from www.ijbnpa.org/content/10/1/64.
Garst, B., Baughman, S., Franz, N., & Seidel, R. (2013). Strengthening families: Exploring the impacts of family camp experiences on family functioning and parenting. Journal of Experiential Education, 36(1), 65-77.
Garst, B., Franz, N. Peters, B., Baughman, S., & Smith, C. (2012). Using single-case participatory action research as a methodology to explore Appalachian summer camp communities. PRISM- A Journal of Regional Engagement, 1(1). Retrieved from http://encompass.eku.edu/prism/vol1/iss1/2/.
Garst, B., Browne, L., & Bialeschki, M. D. (2011). Youth development and the camp experience. In L. Allen and R. Barcelona (Eds.), New Directions for Youth Development (Special Issue on Recreation as a Developmental Experience), 130. Jossey-Bass.
Browne, L., Garst, B., & Bialeschki, M. D. (2011). Engaging youth in environmental sustainability: Impact of the Camp2Grow Program. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 29(3), 70-85.
Garst, B., Nichols, A., Martz, J., McNeely, N. N., Bovitz, L., Frebershauser, D., Garton, M., LeMenestrel, S., & Walahoski, J. (2011). Examining youth camping outcomes across multiple states: The National 4-H Camping Research Consortium (NCRC). Journal of Youth Development, 6(1).
Garst, B. (2010). From what to how: Targeting specific factors that influence outcomes. Journal of Extension, 48(6).
Henderson, K., Garst, B., Bialeschki, D., & Santucci, D. (2010). Children’s perceptions of an environmental leadership program: Camp2Grow. Research on Outdoor Education, 10, 13-25.
Garst, B., Williams, D., & Roggenbuck, J. (2010). Exploring early 21st century developed forest camping experiences and meanings. Leisure Sciences, 32, 90–107.
Goldlust, E., Walton, E., Stanley, R., Yard, E., Garst, B., Comstock, R., Erceg, L., & Cunningham, R. (2009). Injury patterns at U.S. and Canadian overnight summer camps: First year of the Healthy Camp Study. Injury Prevention, 209(15), 413-417.
Erceg, L., Garst, B., Powell, G., & Yard, E. (2009). An injury and illness surveillance program for children and staff: Improving the safety of youth settings. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 27(4), 121-132.
Garst, B., Franz, N., Baughman, S., Smith, C., & Peters, B. (2009). “Growing without limitations”: Transformation among young adult camp staff. Journal of Youth Development, 4(1).
Baughman, S., Garst, B., & Fuhrman, N. E. (2009). Consistency of developmental outcomes of 4-H camp experiences over time and across sites. Journal of Youth Development, 4(2).
Franz, N., Garst, B., Baughman, S., Smith, C., & Peters, B. (2009). Catalyzing transformation: Conditions in extension educational environments that promote change. Journal of Extension, 47(4).
James, P. A., Henderson, K. A., & Garst, B. (2009). An exploration of camp directors’ affective connection to nature and camp programming. Research in Outdoor Education, 9, 26-42.Other Articles, Books, Technical Reports, and Educational Publications
Duerden, M., Garst, B., & Bialeschki, D. (2014, May). The benefits of camp employment: More than just fun and games. Parks & Recreation.
Bennett, T., & Garst, B. (2013, Sept/Oct). Paying enough and training right! A snapshot of salary, benefits, and professional development practices in camp. Camping Magazine. American Camp Association.
Garst, B., & Marugg, M., & Thompson, S. (2013, Mar/Apr). Building a healthy camp: Strategies that worked. Camping Magazine. American Camp Association.
Garst, B. (2012). Family camp experiences. Briefing Paper. American Camp Association.
Garst, B. (2012, Sept/Oct). Investing in what’s important: Five tips to guide a professional development and training plan. Camp Business.
Garst, B., & White, C. (2012). Leadership and environmental stewardship: A curriculum for camps and other youth programs. Healthy Learning/American Camp Association.
Garst, B., Williams, D., & Roggenbuck, J. (2012). Trends in developed forest camping. In K. Cordell (Ed.). Outdoor Recreation Trends and Futures: A Technical Document Supporting the Forest Service 2010 RPA Assessment. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-150. U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Asheville, NC. Retrieved from www.srs.fs.usda.gov/pubs/40453.
Garst, B., Baughman, S., Franz, N., & Seidel, R. (2012, Jan/Feb). Family camp impacts on family functioning. Camping Magazine. American Camp Association.
Garst, B., Morgan, C., & Bialeschki, D. (2011). 2011 Explore Camp Reading Program Impact Report. American Camp Association.
Garst, B. & Chavez, C. (2010, Nov/Dec). Camp2Grow: Teaching leadership and environmental stewardship to New York City youth. Camping Magazine. American Camp Association.
Garst, B., Erceg, E., Baird, S., & Thompson, S. (2010). Ten steps to a healthy camp. Illinois Parks and Recreation Magazine, 41(3), 20-24.
Garst, B., & Erceg, L. E., (2010, March/April). Promising practices for reducing injuries and illnesses in camps. Camping Magazine. American Camp Association.
Garst, B. (2009). Volunteer development 101: Empowering organizations to work with volunteers. Healthy Learning/American Camp Association.
Franz, N., Garst, B., Baughman, S., & Smith, C. (2009). Identifying and promoting transformative learning in non-formal education environments. Proceedings from the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy. Virginia Tech. Blacksburg, Virginia.Grants and Self-funded Research Projects:
Garst, B. (2011). “Enhancing youth literacy through the Explore 30 camp reading program.” Lumina Foundation: $10,000, 2 years.
Garst, B. (2010). “Environmental stewardship outcomes for Indiana youth.” PNC Foundation: $2,500, 1 year.
Haber, S., Garst, B., & Bialeschki, D. (2009). “Implementation and evaluation of a national leadership and environmental stewardship program.” Lilly Endowment: $490,000, 3 years.
Garst, B., Baughman, S., Franz, N., & Seidel, R. (2010). “Examination of the impacts of family camp experiences on family functioning and parenting.” University of Arizona Extension: $2,000, 1 year.
Garst, B. (2006). ”Measuring developmental outcomes associated with camp experiences through a multi-state consortium including Virginia, Ohio, West Virginia, Montana, New Jersey, and Nebraska.” Army Youth Camping Project: $38,000, 2 years.
Meadows, R. Garst, B., Freeman, D. (2003). “Community and school-based education programs to facilitate youth-adult partnerships.” Virginia Tech: $25,000, 2 years.
Roggenbuck, J., & Garst, B. (2003). “Exploration of the meanings associated with forest recreation experiences in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.” USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station: $15,000, 2 years.
Garst, B., & Kirwan, J. (2003). “Community-based education to teach youth and families about forest products and conversation through the Forestry Intern Program.” Virginia Forestry Educational Foundation: $12,000, 3 years.
Courses Taught:Graduate Courses