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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 2017)


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.


Saturday, June 24th

“Wild Mushroom Gathering in North Idaho” 9:45 - 11:30 AM at Sandpoint Community Hall. Arthur Church is a local mushroom gatherer & native mushroom orchardist.

 Arthur Church’s passions include small fruit orcharding, wild mushroom gathering and teaching people about both subjects. He has successfully grown several fruit crops that are considered difficult in North Idaho and has gathered wild mushrooms for more than 40 years in many parts of the US. Arthur has learned how to inoculate the wood chip mulch in his orchard with wild mushroom spores to produce native mushrooms in his orchard. Always eager to share his knowledge and experience with others has lead Arthur to give seminars about orcharding and mushroom gathering to the University of Idaho Master Gardener program and local gardening clubs. Field trips to his orchard for taste testing are very well attended, as are his mushroom hunting excursions. Our program on June 24th will include both a presentation at the Community Hall at 9:45 AM and a field trip to Trestle Creek in the afternoon. Bring a sack lunch for the field trip.