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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:

  (March/April 2019)


Seeking Arboretum Volunteer Coordinator

Temporary seasonal position June 1-Sept 15; Monday-Friday 9am-noon (some flexibility). Job requirements include being strongly self motivated and having people & time management skills, gardening knowledge and some native plant familiarity or interest. $12-14/hour DOQ.

To Apply for the Arboretum Volunteer Coordinator position, please print and fill out this APPLICATION and mail it along with a brief cover letter and résumé to: KNPS Attn: Arboretum Leadership Team, PO Box 1092, Sandpoint ID 83864. Thank you for your interest!


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 thru June and September thru November.



April 27, 2019

Jason Smith: Permaculture and the Ecologies of a Positive Future

Jason Smith will provide an introductory view into the ecology-based agricultural models described by the systems-arranging design science called permaculture.  He will outline the origins and fundamental structures of the permaculture movement and articulate the positive solutions it offers to the global challenges we will face in the future with climate and social changes.  The program will highlight the most common and relevant applications of permaculture in the Idaho Panhandle.

 Mr. Smith is a designer and consultant specializing in cold temperate climate agroforestry systems.  Operating in the northern Rockies international edge, he is a local representative of the worldwide permaculture movement. Jason lives off-the-grid in Boundary County