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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:

  (May/June 2019)



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.


On Saturday, May 25th 2019

Kristina Boyd and Michael Lucid “From Bees to Bears, a Home Improvement Project for Our Wild Neighbors”

"Idaho's Department of Fish & Game (IDFG) is improving habitat on the Boundary-Smith Creek Wildlife Management Area for many kinds of wildlife, including bumblebees. Near Bonner’s Ferry, this area happens to be at the center of where two imperiled bumblebees are found in North America. Once quite common, they are now very rare. But restoring an abundance and wide variety of wildflowers for bumblebee foraging can help their populations rebound. Come learn how YOU can help by improving your gardens and collecting wildflower seeds that will be used in IDFGs habitat improvement project!

Kristina Boyd coordinates volunteer citizen science for the Idaho Department of Fish & Game within the Idaho Panhandle Bees to Bears Climate Adaptation Project. She is a wildlife biologist and native plant enthusiast who pinches herself every morning that she's still here with her family to enjoy the wonderful people and wild bounty of the Cabinet-Purcell Mountain region."

Michael Lucid is a biologist for Idaho Fish and Game's Wildlife Diversity Program. He leads a regional biodiversity monitoring program, the Multi-species Baseline Initiative, and implements the Bees to Bears Climate Adaptation Project. Michael is a 2017 Wilburforce Fellow in Conservation Science.

Contact: Ken Thacker Program chair. Email:



2019 KNPS Native Plant Sale
Saturday, June 15 - 9 am - 1 pm
Lakeview Park


Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 15 this year for the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society's annual plant sale at the Native Plant Arboretum in Lakeview Park in Sandpoint. This event is co-sponsored by the Sandpoint Parks & Recreation Dept. The sale has been moved back 2 weeks from where it has been in the past to improve the availability of plants in smaller sizes. We will again be offeringwide selection of native trees, shrubs and perennials that are perfectly suited to our local climate grown by Cedar Mountain Perennials. In addition to the plants, we will have a variety of hand-crafted items such as planters, trugs, gnome doors,and notecards. There will also be a delicious assortment of baked goods freshly made by our dedicated volunteers.
If you would like to do some baking for the sale, contact Jan Geren (, 208-263-7279)