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.
What a wonderful party it was last weekend at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage to celebrate 20 years of engagement, enthusiasm and fun, as we work with our community and Grasslands National Park promoting the conservation of native prairie landscapes while inviting the exploration and appreciation of prairie culture and natural history. Our mission and mandate for 20 years! And also to celebrate another great summer, with senior staff member Madonna Hamel and summer museum assistant Heather Shury, and honorary PWSS staff member Rocky.
Thanks to everyone!
Prairie Wind & Silver Sage will be back in May, 2018 to serve you.
Please join us at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage in the Little Brick Schoolhouse in Val Marie on Saturday, September 16 to celebrate 20 wonderful years. Afternoon tea (Val Marie style) at 3:00 p.m. and everyone is welcome!
(For a printable poster, click on the image.)
Join us at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage on Thursday, August 17 at 7:30 p.m. for A Prairie Dog Tail: The University of Saskatchewan’s research project investigating the ecology of a wild population of black-tailed prairie dogs in Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan. This presentation is free of charge and everyone is welcome!
(Photo courtesy of Bold Visions Conservation at www.bvconservation.org)
Ranch stories from Grasslands National Park – join us on the lawn at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage on Friday, July 28 at 2:00 pm for the launch of “The Grasslanders – Ranch Stories”, by Thelma Poirier, published by Grasslands National Park and Coteau books. You can buy your own copies of the book inside Prairie Wind and have them signed by the author right after the official ceremonies. Plus get your usual (iced?) lattes or Italian sodas and treats and browse many other books and gifts. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing you!