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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:

  (Sept/Oct 2020)



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 through June and September through November.


Mountain Goats: Living on the Edge presented by Laura Wolf

Saturday, September 26 at 10:00 am

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, KNPS’s September meeting and program on Saturday, Sept. 26, will only be offered online via Zoom. There will be NO in-person meeting at Sandpoint Community Hall. Our speakers will be Laura Wolf from Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Britta Mireley from Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. This program will be a live webinar, with opportunity to ask questions of the speakers. It will also be recorded for later viewing should you be unavailable to participate on Sept. 26th. There will be limited attendance for the live webinar, so KNPS members are being given priority registration. (For details on registering, see below.)

Most of the program will be presented by Laura Wolf on her work with mountain goats. Laura has been a wildlife biologist with IDFG for 13 years. Based out of Coeur d’Alene, she works primarily with big game species such as deer, elk, moose, wolves, and mountain lions, but is most excited when she gets to work with mountain goats. She recently led the statewide Mountain Goat Management Plan for Idaho.

Britta Mireley is the Deputy Executive Director for FSPW. She will talk about the FSPW’s Goat Ambassador Program – its successes and challenges in 2020 and looking ahead to 2021.

Priority Registration (through Sunday, Sept 20):

When will the live webinar occur?: Sep 26, 2020 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

To register for the live webinar, go this link:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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




KNPS Online Programming Announcement, April 2020

With Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society programs cancelled for May and maybe even June, we thought we’d offer up some enticing online program options for our members and others interested in native plants and their landscapes. Here are four options on a wide range of interesting topics, including videos on soils, mushrooms, and native plant landscaping, and a digital exhibition about Rachel Carson and her revolutionary book, Silent Spring.

Friends of Scotchman Peaks WIlderness new weekly podcast series: Your Wild Place!

Dirt: The Erosion of Civilization by David Montgomery <>, Professor of Geology, Univ. Washington; lecture presented at Univ. British Columbia (2011) <> (57:41)

How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World by Paul Stamets <>, visionary, inventor and owner of Fungi Perfecti; lecture presented at Bioneers Conference (2006) <> (26:39)

Bringing Nature Home with Doug Tallamy <>, Professor of Entomology, Univ. Delaware and Rick Darke <> , native plant horticultural and landscape consultant; presented on Growing a Greener World with host Joe Lamp’l <> (25:34)

Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, a Book that Changed the World by Virtual Exhibitions, Mark Stoll (2012, updated 2020)











Landscaping with Native Plants in the Idaho Panhandle, a publication by the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society, is available at the following 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:

Landscaping with Native Plants in the Idaho Panhandle
Addendum Now Available Online Here


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