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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, March 25

Bonnie Jakubos & Kristin Fletcher: “Inspiring Conservation”

Abstract: We are all born with a sense of wonder about the natural world. That initial wonder is the first step to enjoying and appreciating our local landscapes. Appreciation can, in turn, motivate us to become active conservationists. We work with legislators to protect a landscape, plant native species, hike steep hillsides to find the elusive orchid or wolverine, write and make phone calls and create spaces for others to learn about nature. What inspires us to action and how can each of us inspire other conservationists? How do we pass on our own sense of wonder? Presenters Kristin Fletcher and Bonnie Jakubos look at the role of inspiration in conservation.

Bio: Kristin is a place-based educator, passionate about connecting people, communities and local environments. She has lived most of her life in Idaho and has an extensive background organizing and leading programs for children, youth and adults.  She is an interpretive guide and has held administrative positions with the Idaho Museum of Natural History and the Idaho Environmental Education Association, and is currently the Education Director for Sawtooth Botanical Garden near Ketchum.

Bonnie has worn many hats, including active conservationist, illustrator, interpretive guide, interpretive trainer, and outdoor educator. She lived in several western states before moving to Idaho 20 years ago. She spent nearly a decade as a Wildlife Biologist with the Bureau of Land Management, has worked as Curator of Education at the Pocatello Zoo, and is presently employed at the Forrest Bird Charter School.



On Wednesday, April 5, Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society (KNPS) will pair with Baxters on Cedar Street to host “Replant Your Refund Day.”  Baxters will share a percentage of their day’s receipts with the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society (KNPS).

Please invite family and friends to join members of KNPS to support this generous, community-minded effort. Baxters, 109 Cedar Street, Sandpoint, serves delectable soups, salads, sandwiches, and full dinners and is open from 11 AM to 8 PM. In addition to enjoying great food, you can participate in a raffle for a sailboat ride on Lake Pend Oreille and for other interesting items.