California Academy of Sciences !

Riveropolis at Springfest: March 8-April 28, 2024


Riveropois hiring

industrial designer(s)

for 2024 six month "design charrette"



Riveropolis Maker Camp '24

The San francisco School June 17-28    

Our twentieth summer at SFS!

“River Camp is the most innovative and imaginative camp our son has ever attended.” – Caroline K.

River Camp

Riveropolis Maker Camp get's earthy this year! Partially inspired by Jules Vernes’ Journey to the Center of the Earth, young architects and storytellers will work individually and together to create a fantastic underground river landscape.   Each child will invent a "land" along the descending route which may be inhabited by animal communities, exotic gardens, lost tribes of humanity, fairy houses, mythological figures or secret hi-tech installations.  Real  cascading water will flow down through a series of  grotto's culminating in a vast underground sea! Along the way Campers will learn about architecture, hydrology design and a bit of biology and geology. The finished 35-foot river landscape will be the centerpiece for a Grand Tour for parents and friends!

June 17-28 The San Francisco School (w/ Dolores Elkin)

NOTE: This camp presumes an interest in developing craft-skill and demands periods of collaboration, creative focus and self direction. Not a camp for the disintersted.


Gregory Gavin, Riveropolis Maker Camp Creator & Teacher

Gregory Gavin an inventor and educator designs public art and educational projects for schools, museums and public places. He’s been commissioned by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the de Young Museum, the Academy of Sciences and the National Endowment for the Arts. Gavin has piloted summer camps for the Bay Area Discovery Museum, the Museum of Children’s Art, Camp 510 and the San Francisco School. He is a California Arts Council Fellow and the founder and director of Riveropolis based in North Oakland.

Dolores Elkin, Riveropolis Maker Camp Co-Teacher

Dolores Elkin has been teaching since 1985. She has a BS from SUNY New Paltz in Art Education and an MS in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education. Dolores has worked at The San Francisco School since1990 and has taught River Camp with Gregory Gaven since 2009. She has a CA Clear Multiple Subjects Teacher Credential  PreK-6 along with Art grades 6-8, a CA Child Development Program Director Permit and a  NY State teaching certificate PreK-6 and Art.

River to the Center of the Earth!

2023 Riveropolis Maker Camp