National Park Service

National Park Service
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National Park Service

The National Parks Service protects 411 National Park Units and 83 public programs that safeguard the cultural and natural resources of the United States.  We are engaged in telling and preserving the stories of all Americans for present and future generations.  2016 is the centennial year for the National Park Service and special attention is being given to cultivating a next generation of citizen stewards that will promote the stories and places of all Americans for everyone.  To this end 10 fellows have been placed in cities around the nation to cultivate stronger relationships with communities to develop new pathways to stewardship in the 21st Century.  Click here to see what is happening in Detroit:




David Goldstein, Urban Liaison


David Goldstein is an anthropologist working for the National Park Service as the Urban Liaison in Detroit, MI.  Previously he was stationed as the outreach coordinator and interpretation division chief on St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands. In his current role in Detroit he is working to connect National Park Service programming in a city with no physical park unit, but with multiple federal program resources.  Part of this work is to convene and develop a metropolitan conservation area.

Raised in Detroit, David’s research interests center on the sustainability of subsistence farming in the Neotropics, with a particular interest in the evolution of perennial agroecology.  His doctoral research centered on Peru’s first protected dry tropical forest.  Additionally, he has run archaeological and ethnobotanical research in Cuba, the Virgin Islands, Belize, and Bolivia.  David comes to Detroit with 20+ years of research and community development skills practiced in communities throughout the Americas.