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Riveropolis: March 24-April 23, 2023


Riveropolis Maker Camps '23

The San francisco School           Ecole Bilingue, Berkeley

#1 June 20-30  #2 July 5-14         #3 July 17-28

Water Science Workbook


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

River Camp

Land of the Tree People

Riveropolis Maker Camp 2023

River Camp looks skyward this year! Young architects and storytellers will work individually and together to create a society of people and creatures who live along a river flanked by towering tree-houses! Each child will devise a vertical landscape to include trees, trees-houses, areal gardens, exotic birds, bird people, angels, fairies, scary creatures and mythological figures. Along the way campers will learn about architecture, design, civics (how to get along and create things together) and a smidgen of biology and geology. The finished 35-foot river landscape will be the centerpiece for a Grand Tour for parents and friends!

Session #1 June 20-30 The San Francisco School (w/ Dolores Elkin)

Session #2 July 3-14 The San Francisco School (w/ Assistant)

Session #3 July 18-28 Ecole Billing, Berkeley (w/ Assistant)

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.