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Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society

Focusing on native plants and conservation in North Idaho

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, 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.


 Saturday, June 23rd

John Phillips: Astronaut Photography from the International Space Station

For over sixteen years, astronauts aboard the International Space Station have photographed the Earth using hand-held cameras.  Sandpoint resident, John Phillips will describe the ISS orbit, characteristics and limitations of astronaut photography, and show a sample from his own “greatest hits”.  He will then show how to access the online NASA photo collection and do your own research.

Dr. John Phillips is a graduate of U.S. Naval Academy and received M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in space physics from UCLA. He served as a Navy pilot from 1972 to 1982 and then continued in the Navy Reserve for another 20 years.

In 1996 Dr. Phillips was selected by NASA as an astronaut. He has flown into space three times: in 2001 aboard STS-100, space shuttle Endeavour; in 2005 on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft for a six-month stay on the International Space Station; in 2009 on STS-119, space shuttle Discovery. He was assigned in 2009 as the NASA Chair Professor at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, teaching classes on the space environment. Dr. Phillips retired from NASA in 2011 and now lives in Idaho.


Future KNPS Fundraisers

IPA - October 24th