Nonnie Gilbert


As a Point camper I twice experienced the thrill and challenge of paddling the Boundary Waters. My commitment to appreciating and sustaining nature was strongly reinforced at camp, but canoe trips provided the unique opportunity to be as close to nature as possible. For me, tripping was the distillation of my Clearwater experience, providing opportunities to learn how important it was to work hard for what mattered, to rely on and value a community, and to believe in oneself. Leading the Canadian as a counselor became a gateway to understanding how essential the connection to the natural world is to our well-being and began a lifelong commitment to land preservation and stewardship.

It is difficult to describe what it is like to once again be actively involved with Clearwater and to serve on the board – it is both a privilege and honor to uphold the traditions and values that make us a vibrant, creative community and a joy to work with so many others to provide younger generations with experiences that will truly shape their lives. My last summer at camp was in 1968, the summer between my junior and senior years at Wellesley. Graduate school at Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University, life as an academic teaching American women’s history, marriage, and twenty years at JPMorgan followed. And having come full circle, it feels as if I never left. My husband and I now live on a small farm located on the shores of Peconic Bay in Jamesport, NY, where we garden, sail, kayak and strive to create a welcoming and sustainable habitat for native flora and fauna.