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Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society

Focusing on native plants and conservation in North Idaho

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.



Future KNPS Fundraisers

Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society Event at the Idaho Pour Authority

5-8 pm October 24, 2018

Please join The Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society for their fundraising event at the Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St. Sandpoint, from 5-8 pm on October 24, 2018. Enjoy a beer from Boise Brewing Co. and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Native Plant Society. Raffle item proceeds from the brewery and the Plant Society will also benefit this local organization that promotes native flora in our region, operates the Sandpoint Arboretum, and presents speakers 8 times per year.

KNPS Presentations

 Saturday, September 22, 2018

 “The Moist Montane and Climate Change: 40 Years of Phenological Observations in North Idaho,”

KNPS’s own Marilyn McIntyre will share her observations, through photos, sketches, and words, of the changes in plant and animal cycles in the moist montane forest of the northern Rockies region.  She will discuss the influences of climate variations on habitat. McIntyre is both an artist and a naturalist. Her records reflect her observations during nearly 40 years in the Cabinet mountains at 3200’ .

After receiving her degree in Art from California State University, East Bay, McIntyre worked for the Idaho Department of Lands as a resource technician focusing on forest improvement. She served on Incident Management Teams in North Idaho and Montana. Visitors to the Arboretum can view her recent mural: Our Wondrous Watershed.



 Saturday, October 27, 2018
Jack Nisbet “ The Leibergs on Lake Pend Oreille 1885-1907”
John Leiberg was a late-coming pioneer to north Idaho with a keen interest in native plants; his wife Carrie was an accredited physician who opened a doctor’s office in Hope to treat local families. Join us for a slide presentation that follows the Leiberg adventures around Lake Pend Oreille and beyond.
Spokane-based teacher and naturalist Jack Nisbet is the author of several books that explore the human and natural history of the Intermountain West. His books cover topics ranging from flora and fauna to histories of the map maker David Thompson and naturalist David Douglas. For years Nisbet has been befuddled by the variety and habits of our native biscuitroots, but he likes to look for them anyway. His essay book Visible Bones won awards from the Washington State Library Association and the Seattle Times. While researching David Thompson, Jack participated in canoe brigades, presentations, four documentary films, and a major museum exhibit.  The presentation will be based on his latest book The Dreamer and the Doctor.


Saturday, November 24

Preston Andrews “Dirty Dancing: The Rhythm of the Soil

The living soil, including its microbiome, interacts in rhythm with plants to affect their productivity and adaptability to environmental conditions. These interactions and other plant-soil relationships will be explored, including a discussion of local soils.

Preston is an Emeritus Professor of Horticulture at Washington State University and resident of Sandpoint.