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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.


Current Newsletter:

 March/April 2021



KNPS Presentations

The Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society in conjunction with Sandpoint Parks and Recreation have monthly presentations. 

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, KNPS’s meetings and programs will only be offered online via Zoom.

The meetings are held on the 4th Saturday of each month, January through June and September through November.



City Nature Challenge 2021: Bonner County

KNPS’s April program on Saturday, April 24, will only be offered online via Zoom (registration info below). There will be NO in-person meeting at Sandpoint Community Hall, but we're working on plans to re-open our in-person meetings in the fall. Our guest speakers will be George Gehrig and Preston Andrews from KNPS. This program will be a live, with opportunity to ask questions via Chat. It is co-sponsored by Sandpoint Parks & Recreation. It will also be recorded for later viewing on the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society’s YouTube Channel.

We’ll open up the Zoom meeting for members of KNPS at 9:00 am for a coffee klatch and casual conversation preceding the program. The coffee klatch will end at 9:45 am, with a 15-minute break before the program starts at 10 am. It’ll be different over Zoom, but still worthwhile to get together for some friendly gossip. You only have to register with Zoom once for both the coffee klatch and program.

George and Preston will talk about City Nature Challenge, a nature BioBlitz that is coming to Bonner County at the end of April. Learn about City Nature Challenge 2021: Bonner County, which takes place from April 30 to May 9:  What it is, why it’s important, and how you can participate. All that’s required to take part in the City Nature Challenge 2021: Bonner County is a phone camera, the iNaturalist app, and a keen interest in nature. Learn more about it at

About our speakers:

George Gehrig is a member of the Pend Oreille Chapter of the Idaho Master Naturalists, and is an IDAH2O Master Watershed Steward. He retired a couple years ago after a career in academic medicine, and now volunteers and advocates for environmental non-profits. His primary interests are biodiversity and watershed health at the landscape level.

Preston Andrews is Program Coordinator and member of the Board of KNPS. He is an Emeritus Professor of Horticulture from Washington State University, where he focused on the environmental physiology of woody plants. His primary scientific interests now are the ecological physiology of plants in their native habitats and utilizing community science to conserve biodiversity.

Registration (required for attendance):

When the live program will begin: April 24, 2021 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

To register, go to this link or paste it into your web browser:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join Zoom on April 24th.

If you have questions about this or other KNPS programs, please contact Preston Andrews, Program Coordinator, at







Landscaping with Native Plants in the Idaho Panhandle, a publication by the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society, is available at area retailers for $19.95 (see link below). First published in 2011, it is the resource for any home garden or large landscape project where the many benefits of native plants are desired. In addition to detailed material about the listed plants, there is extensive information included to accomplish successful results.  This book has been made possible with grant support, largely from the Inland Northwest Community Foundation.

Books can be purchased here

Addendum now available (free) online Here


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