The Idaho Native Plant Society was founded in the 1970s by a concerned botanist. He felt there is so much that needs to be studied and not enough botanists to do it. There has been a great deal of interest and now the Society boasts seven chapters. For information and photos from both the statewide and local chapters see their Facebook page.
The quarterly newsletter of the Idaho Native Plant Society, Sage Notes, is available online. Some chapters also offer their own newsletter.
Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society.
Due to a noticeable increase in the interest of the native plants of northern Idaho, a group of native plant enthusiasts founded the Sandpoint Chapter of the Native Plant Society in 1997. In 2010 the Chapter officially became the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society.
One of many plants first noted by Lewis & Clark on the Lolo Trail, Idaho, 1806 is the Glacier Lily, Erythronium grandiflorum, a native of the northwest from Canada to Colorado. This beautiful lily blooms as the snow recedes.
Sit in comfort at the LuEsther T. Mertz Library of the New York Botanical Garden and avoid the hardships of hiking, boating, and portaging while traveling the letters written by Lewis and Clark during their discovery of the west. Lewis and Clark were the first recorded white men to explore Idaho, creating charts, drawing maps, and collecting botanical specimens.