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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 2018)


Saturday, May 26th

Bill Rember The Paleobotany and Geology of the Clarkia Area, Idaho

The program will discuss the geologic setting and the relationship of the ancient Lake Clarkia to the Columbia River Basalt. Fossils of more than 100 ancient species of trees, insects and fish have been found in lake bed sediments that formed about 15 million years ago. The species present tell us much about what the climate was like in the area at that time. Incredibly, DNA has been collected and sequenced from some of the samples found.

Bill Rember is an affiliate professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Idaho and director of UI’s Tertiary Research Center. He has been unearthing and studying the Clarkia fossil flora of northern Idaho for decades.


2018 Arboretum Celebration and Native Plant Sale

Saturday, June 2 - 9 am - 1 pm

Lakeview Park

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 2 this year for the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society's annual native plant sale at the Native Plant Arboretum in Lakeview Park in Sandpoint. This event is co-sponsored by the SandpointParks & Recreation Dept. We will kick things off at 9:00 AM by the unveiling several new interpretive signs that have been installed in the Arboretum. The plant sale will commence immediately following the presentation. We plan to offer a wide selection of native trees, shrubs and perennials that are perfectly suited to our local climate and are grown by Cedar MountainPerennials and Greentree Naturals. In addition to the plants, we will have a variety of hand-crafted items such as planters, trugs, and note cards.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).