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.
The Board of Directors of Prairie Wind & Silver Sage is very pleased to announce the appointment of Kate Winquist as its Executive Director. Many people will know Kate from her most recent position as Publisher of the Advance Southwest newspaper. She also has background in marketing, restaurant operations, staff supervision, and business development.
Kate’s new job will begin over the next weeks and months as she familiarizes herself with Prairie Wind and its operations. In time she will take over many of the roles currently filled by the Chairperson and other board members including:
• working with the board in order to fulfill our organizational mission;
• developing resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization;
• working with board and staff to ensure that our mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach;
• overseeing and implementing suitable resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate.
Welcome to Kate!
Prairie Wind & Silver Sage opens for the 2017 season on May 17! Please visit us for those great lattes and treats and to see what’s new in the museum, art galleries and shop! Open 9 to 5 every day until September.
(Click photo to open this book in PDF format.)
In the summer of 2016, brought together by Prairie Wind and Silver Sage, a group of writers went into Grasslands National Park near Val Marie, Saskatchewan to see what their imaginations and writing skills could make of this unusual place. Dispatches From the Grasslands is the result of their collaboration.
Prairie Wind & Silver Sage is very pleased to announce the publication of this book in PDF format. It will be also be published in traditional book form in 2017.
Dispatches From the Grasslands was made possible by support from the Saskatchewan Arts Board and SaskCulture/Saskatchewan Lotteries during the 2016 artist residency program hosted by Prairie Wind & Silver Sage and co-sponsored with Grasslands National Park.
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