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.
Burrowing Owl (Photo: CPAWS/Ron Dudley)
PRAIRIE WIND & SILVER SAGE – FRIENDS OF GRASSLANDS
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Prairie Wind & Silver Sage – Friends of Grasslands will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. REGISTRATION at 7:00 pm, MEETING at 7.30 pm at the Little Brick Schoolhouse, Val Marie, Saskatchewan.
For the following purposes:
a) To receive reports of the Board of Directors and Manager; b) To receive financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016; c) To appoint an accounting firm to act as external financial reviewer; d) To elect directors to the board (three to be elected for two-year terms); e) to transact any other business that may properly come before the meeting.
Three board members will be finishing their terms this year and those positions will be open. If you’re interested in contributing to this stable and fun and exciting organization, please think about coming out and volunteering!
Membership in Prairie Wind & Silver Sage is only $5 per year and gives you voting privileges. Everyone including non-members is welcome.
Burrowing Owl ( Photo: CPAWS/Bob Lincoln)
Presentation and social to follow. Join Samantha Fischer from Grasslands National Park with a presentation on the Grasslands National Park burrowing owl supplemental feeding program and announcement of a new mouse donation partnership between GNP and PWSS.
Dated at Val Marie, SK on February 23, 2016, on behalf of the Board of Directors
Laureen Marchand, Chair
Save the Last Dance: A science-based program for the recovery of Greater Sage-grouse in Grasslands National Park
Presented by: Stefano Liccioli, Laura Gardiner, Nathan Young, Nils Lokken
Resource Conservation, Grasslands National Park
Wednesday November 30, 2016 at 7:30pm
The Little Brick Schoolhouse, Prairie Wind & Silver Sage, Centre St. in Val Marie, SK
Brought to you by: Prairie Wind & Silver Sage, Prairie Conservation Action Plan, and Grasslands National Park
This is a FREE Event. Everyone is welcome.
Prairie Wind and Silver Sage will be open on November 30th from 5:00pm to 7:30pm for Christmas Shopping. Pottery, Books, Kids’ Toys, Stocking Stuffers and more! There is something for everyone!
Please join us on Wednesday October 26, 2016 at 7:30 pm for this off-season event, as Grasslands National Park’s Samantha Fischer discusses her research on the effects of cattle grazing and resting rangeland on songbird abundance in the mixed-grass prairie.
This free public event is co-sponsored with the Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan in its Native Prairie Speaker Series. The Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan (SK PCAP) Partnership brings together 30 agencies and organizations, including Prairie Wind & Silver Sage, representing producers, industry, provincial & federal governments, environmental non-government organizations, research and educational institutions working towards a common vision of prairie and species at risk conservation in Saskatchewan.
“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 email@example.com 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.