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!
COFFEE BAR — Enjoy a cup of well-brewed espresso and home made treats for your coffee break, breakfast bagels and eggs 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 — With quality crafts and gifts as well as locally-made products and other items that make perfect remembrances — for yourself or others. There is something for every age.
ART GALLERIES — Two galleries, each with an exhibition related to the region. Exhibitions change seasonally.
PUBLIC PROGRAMS — Every year we host a number of public programs interpreting our mandate, at the Little Brick Schoolhouse and in the community. Watch the News and Events page on our website 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 on Centre Street in the Little Brick Schoolhouse heritage building, across from the park Visitor Centre.
SPRING/SUMMER: Open 9 am – 5 pm, 7 days a week. Closed for lunch 12 – 1
FALL: SEPTEMBER 1 – to the third weekend: 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.
Notes: Prices will be set by the artists. The theme can be interpreted broadly.
For a printable poster, click here.
Christmas Shopping at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage
The Little Brick Schoolhouse, Val Marie
Monday, November 26, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
and to follow
Forget-me-not: monitoring and active management programs for “other” Species At Risk in Grasslands National Park
Speakers: Stefano Liccioli, Laura Gardiner, Justin Crowe, and Michelle Sawatzky, from Grasslands National Park
Monday, November 26, 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.
On Wednesday, August 8 at 7:00 pm, join Mary Thomson at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage in Val Marie for a presentation about one man and the part he played in the history of ranching in southwest Saskatchewan.
Mary Thomson is an amateur historian from Eastend, SK fascinated with the story of the huge ranch leases that once thrived in this region. She will share her explorations into the life of Harry Otterson, who was foreman of the the T Bar Down ranch, located along the Frenchman River in the late 19th century.
For a printable poster, click on the image.
Refreshed and renovated little brick schoolhouse
Prairie Wind & Silver Sage – Friends of Grasslands is very pleased to showcase recent renovations to our heritage building and to gratefully acknowledge support by the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation.
The little brick schoolhouse was built in 1927, the Diamond Jubilee of Canadian Confederation, and one year after the incorporation of the Village of Val Marie. Today, the school is one of only a few of its era in Saskatchewan still in use. Its distinguishing architectural features include simple massing and form, hip roof with cedar shingles (the originals were replaced in 2007 (also with support from the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation), multi-plane double hung windows, and wood flooring and mouldings.
The Board of Directors of Prairie Wind & Silver Sage has identified several areas of the building that are in need of restoration. As the west facade is most vulnerable to the elements and is also one of the the first aspects seen by visitors, it was decided that this project was most urgent. The original windows and door had deteriorated, and sealing putty and caulking had dried and become ineffective. This state threatened the integrity of the building, providing cracks and crevices for water and wind to further depreciate the structure.
PWSS before renovations
Work on the current project, which included window pane replacement, re-caulking and re-puttying the door and windows, door sill replacement, and scraping and repainting of all wooden surfaces, began in May of this year and was completed in July.
The renovation project
Prairie Wind & Silver Sage is proud of its commitment to this designated Municipal Heritage Site and looks forward to the future of the building as well as to the many ways we will continue to serve our community.