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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.


Help Needed!

Program Chair
We are looking for someone to take charge of arranging for speakers at our monthly public programs at the Community Hall. The position requires recruiting and scheduling speakers, and setting up projecting equipment and introducing the speakers at the meetings. Speakers are now lined-up through June. The time commitment averages about 1 hour per week.
Contact Ken Thacker at
Nominating Committee
We need 1 or 2 people to work with Molly and Steve to recruit members willing to serve on the KNPS Board. Board members serve two year terms and replacements will be needed for those leaving at the end of 2017. This is a short-term committee that will dissolve when new Board members are found.
Contact Ken Thacker at


Current Newsletter:

  (March/April 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, April 29th

 Bill Harp: Comparison of the human use of plants by prehistoric people in Idaho to a present-day subsistence culture in eastern Panama

Abstract: One of the best ways to understand your own ecological and cultural geography is to look at the characteristics of a very different ecology and culture. The plant communities of the inland northwest are very different from the tropical ecosystems of the Darién region of eastern Panama, one of the last great wild natural areas of the Americas. The Emberá people still live as a relatively intact subsistence culture that survives by gathering, fishing and hunting that have many characteristics in common with prehistoric cultures from the inland northwest. This includes the concepts of spirits, cosmology and the importance of plants and animals in their spiritual beliefs, as well as the use of plants for food and medicine.

Bio: Bill is a fifth-generation Idahoan who has worked for many years as a anthropologist in both North Idaho and Panama. During his time in Panama he did research among the Emberá people in eastern Panama, spent many years working for the U.S. Department of Defense specialized in mapping technology applications in defense and intelligence, and as a program manager for the United Nations in collaboration with the Ministry of the Environment.

Bill has recently retired after three years of public service as the Director, Technology for Bonner County Government. Bill and his wife Susan, also an archeologist, writer and anthropologist, alternate between their country homesteads in Panama and Sagle, where they maintain subsistence gardens and orchards.