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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 2019)


Seeking Arboretum Volunteer Coordinator

Temporary seasonal position June 1-Sept 15; Monday-Friday 9am-noon (some flexibility). Job requirements include being strongly self motivated and having people & time management skills, gardening knowledge and some native plant familiarity or interest. $12-14/hour DOQ.

To Apply for the Arboretum Volunteer Coordinator position, please print and fill out this APPLICATION and mail it along with a brief cover letter and résumé to: KNPS Attn: Arboretum Leadership Team, PO Box 1092, Sandpoint ID 83864. Thank you for your interest!


KNPS Presentations

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 23, 2019

Debbie Lee: Becoming Animal in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

From 2010-2014, Debbie Lee conducted 50 oral history interviews with people who had traveled or worked in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness of Idaho and Montana. Based on these and recordings of interviews of Nez Perse elders, Lee will talk about how the connection between animal stories and oral narrative is vital to a wilderness ethic.

Debbie Lee is a Regents Professor of English at Washington State University and author/editor of eight scholarly books, most recently The Land Speaks: New Voices at the Intersection of Oral and Environmental History (Oxford University Press, 2017). Her creative work has appeared in Narrative and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among other places. She is director of the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness History Project, and her creative nonfiction work about her family history in the Selway-Bitterroot, Remote: A Love Story, is forthcoming from Oregon State University Press.



Mark your calendar


Please support this year’s KNPS fundraiser held on April 3 at Baxters on Cedar/The Back Door. Baxters generously donates a portion of the day’s profits to KNPS.

Raffle items include: a Lake Pend Oreille cruise for two, a vegetable hod basket filled with treasures, and a native plants certificate package that includes a native plants gift certificate from Cedar Mountain Perennials, a home design consultation, and a lovely flower press. Tickets are sold for $1, or 6 tickets for $5 Proceeds from this event help the native plant society maintain the Sandpoint Arboretum, provide speakers free to the public, and many other services to encourage native plants in the community. Please encourage friends, families, and neighbors to join this fun Wednesday event.

Baxters is located at 109 Cedar St. Sandpoint. Baxters on Cedar hours are 11 AM - 9 PM and The Back Door opens at 3 PM. The annual RAFFLE begins at 11 am, with tickets drawn at 8 PM.

Contact: Ken Thacker board president. Email: