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Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society

Focusing on native plants and conservation in North Idaho


  • to foster an understanding and appreciation of native flora and its habitats in the panhandle area of North Idaho,
  • to advocate the conservation of this rich natural heritage for future generations,
  • to encourage the responsible use of native plants in landscaping and restoration,
  • to educate youth and the general public in the value of the native flora and their habitats.








  About our logo:  Marilyn McIntyre, naturalist and artist, has created our colorful logo depicting the flower, leaves, and the fruit of the kinnikinnick plant.



Part-Time Seasonal Arboretum Coordinator Needed

June 4-August 31, 2018

If you’re a “people person” who loves plants and working outside, this paid position could be right for you. For complete details, including a job description and application, CLICK HERE.

Current Newsletter:

  (Jan/Feb 2018)


The Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society in conjunction with Sandpoint Parks and Recreation have monthly presentations at the Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Avenue. The meetings are held from 9:45 - 11:30 AM. The meetings are held on the 4th Saturday of each month, January thru June and September thru November.


Saturday March 24th

  Sean Jeronimo “Plant Communication”


Plants often appear to be stoic and individualistic but are actually
quite responsive to their neighbors and interact with one another in
some very direct ways. Recent research suggests that many plants
communicate and that at least one tree species exhibits what may be
considered a concept of family. In coniferous forests, resource sharing, communication, and competition between groups of trees can include patterns of bark beetle outbreaks and wildfires. This program will explore scientific findings, old and new, about the many complex ways that plants interact with one another competitively and cooperatively.

Presented by Sean Jeronimo, PhD Candidate in the Forest Structure, Function and Dynamics Lab at the University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, and Consulting Forester with Stewardship Forestry, Vashon, WA