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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 2018)


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.



2018 KNPS Summer BBQ
and Potluck

When: Sunday, August 26
Time: 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Waterlife Discovery Center (old fish hatchery) on Lakeshore Drive
Directions: From Hwy 95, south of the Long Bridge, go west on Lakeshore Drive 1.5 miles – it’s on the right (south side).
What to Bring: A dish to share: appetizer, salad, veggie or dessert; lawn chairs and your favorite beverage (wine and beer are okay). KNPS will furnish the BBQ main course, napkins, plates & flatware.
Happy Hour: 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Dinner: Starts at 5:00 pm
Please RSVP: Gail Bolin at
or 208-627-3292