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dc.contributor.authorGarst, Barry Austinen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:11:39Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:11:39Z
dc.date.issued2005-05-03en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-05072005-070609en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/27570
dc.description.abstractDeveloped forest camping has received little attention in the recreation research since the late 1960s and early 1970s. Changes in socio-demographics, technology, and the publicâ s expectations for amenities over the past forty years suggested that the nature of the developed camping experience may have changed. Thus, the purpose of this study was to understand the modern developed forest camping experience and associated meanings and the influence of technology on developed forest camping. In-depth interviews were conducted in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area with thirty-eight camping groups in three campgrounds which varied in their level of development. Developed forest camping experiences were described by participants as a combination of what they were doing (i.e., activities), who they were interacting with (i.e., social interaction), where they were camping (i.e., setting), and what they were feeling while they were there (i.e., psychological states/feelings). The camping experience occurred in stages and it emerged over the course of participantsâ trips, with emotional highs and lows. Camping was a social experience, with participants defining much of their experience in terms of who they were with. The developed camping experience was influenced by the natural environment, particularly scenic beauty and other aesthetic setting qualities. The majority of participants in this study suggested that they were able to get a nature-based experience even in highly developed camp settings in which large motor homes, televisions, and satellite dishes were common. Participants used a range of camping gear and electronics, and this technology was important to promote comfort and conveniences and for a distraction during inclement weather. The associated meanings of developed forest camping were restoration (i.e., rest, escape, and recovery), family functioning, special places, self-identity, social interaction, experiencing nature, association of God and nature, novelty, and the opportunity for children to learn. Restoration was the most commonly expressed meaning across all three campground types. The most commonly expressed life-context meanings were restoration and sharing positive family memories and stories. These family memories and stories often developed into important camping traditions. Recommendations for recreation managers, study limitations, and opportunities for future research are identified and discussed.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartBarry_Garst_Diss_May_2005.pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectForest Campingen_US
dc.subjectConstructivismen_US
dc.subjectMeaningsen_US
dc.subjectExperiencesen_US
dc.subjectRecreationen_US
dc.titleAn Exploration of Developed Forest Camping Experiences and Meanings in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Areaen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentForestryen_US
dc.description.degreePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineForestryen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairRoggenbuck, Joseph W.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHull, Robert Bruce IVen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBarrow, Mark V. Jr.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberAxsom, Danny K.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberLambur, Michael T.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-05072005-070609/en_US
dc.date.sdate2005-05-07en_US
dc.date.rdate2005-05-24
dc.date.adate2005-05-24en_US


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