Prairie Wind & Silver Sage is Val Marie’s provincially recognized ecomuseum, offering a variety of services, including:
ECOMUSEUM — Our museum highlights the unique character of Grasslands, Val Marie, and the surrounding area through a combination of artifacts, mapping, photography, sound, and stories, incorporating historical, environmental, and cultural appreciation of both the land and the community. Expect to be engaged!
PRAIRIE GROUND COFFEE BAR — Enjoy a cup of well-brewed espresso and home made treats for your coffee break, breakfast bagels to start your morning, or get together with a friend before or after a park tour. Internet access available.
BOOKSTORE — One of the best selections of titles of a regional nature you’ll find anywhere. Up-to-date and diverse. Books for all ages.
GIFT & CRAFT ITEMS — We carry locally made, quality crafts and other items that make perfect gifts — for yourself or others. There is something for every age.
GALLERIES — We have two art galleries hosting exhibitions artist in each.
PUBLIC PROGRAMS — Every season we host a number of public programs related to our mandate, at the Little Brick Schoolhouse and in the community. Watch the News and Events page for information!
PRAIRIE GARDEN — Staff and volunteers have worked hard over the years to create garden spaces featuring indigenous species of grasses and flowers.
Prairie Wind & Silver Sage is located in Val Marie, Saskatchewan, a heartbeat from Grasslands National Park. We are in the Little Brick Schoolhouse heritage building, across from the Park Visitor Centre on Centre Street. See the map on the right side of the page for details.
SPRING/SUMMER: Open 9 am – 5 pm, 7 days a week. Closed for lunch 12 – 1
FALL: SEPTEMBER 1 – 20: Open 9 am – 5 pm, Friday to Monday. Closed for lunch 12 – 1
GROUPS: when possible, groups of 5+ people are advised to contact Prairie Wind prior to arrival to allow us to serve you better. Call 306 298-4910.
“What does it feel like to be here?” Please join us for the final artist residency of the season, with Valerie Zink on Saturday, September 24, 1:00 to 5:00 pm, when she offers a photography workshop called Capturing a Sense of Place, focusing on the streets, surfaces, and histories of Val Marie, gateway to Grasslands National Park. Using a lively blend of in-class instruction, practical tips and techniques, and in-the-field assignments, this workshop will challenge participants to expand their notion of photography and create images with emotional and narrative weight, while taking control of their camera’s capabilities. All kinds of digital cameras, from SLR to point-and-shoot to camera phone, are welcome. Registration is available at firstname.lastname@example.org or 308-298-7782. The fee is $20 with proceeds to Prairie Wind & Silver Sage. For more information click here.
Raised on a dairy farm in the foothills of Alberta, Valerie Zink now lives and works in Saskatoon. She has studied at Dalhousie University and the International Centre of Photography in New York and is currently working on Fault Lines: Life and Landscape in Saskatchewan’s Oil Economy, a collaborative book of photography and text with Emily Eaton (University of Manitoba Press, Fall 2016). While Valerie Zink is photographer in residence she is also available for workshops with schools.
Valerie Zink is the fourth and last resident artist of the 2016 season, in a program that has brought visual artists and photographers, musicians and songwriters, and writers of all kinds to Val Marie and the Grasslands since 2014, offering a wide range of unique and unforgettable multidisciplinary arts experiences to visitors and residents alike. While they are in residence, the artists spend 50% of their time on their own work and 50% on projects in the community. The PWSS artist residency program is cosponsored with Grasslands National Park and funded by the Saskatchewan Arts Board and SaskCulture/Saskatchewan Lotteries.