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.
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 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.
Concerts, recorder lessons, free musical improvisation for all, and making your own musical rainsticks are on the program in Val Marie and Grasslands National Park August 29 to September 8, when Prairie Wind & Silver Sage’s artist residency program continues with Saskatoon-based musicians Melissa Goodchild and Kevin Grady. Melissa Goodchild, clarinet, and Kevin Grady, percussion, individually both perform with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, and together they are Duo Carmine Jewel, named after a dwarf sour cherry developed by the University of Saskatchewan.
As part of their residency, these musicians offer two concerts over the September long weekend.
The first, on Friday September 2 at 7:00 p.m., is at the Coulee Centre, Frenchman Valley Campground, Grasslands National Park.The second, on Saturday September 3 at 7:30 p.m., is a house concert at Don’s Place on Highway 4 just north of Val Marie. Don’s Place is a courtyard of blue-roofed buildings offering vacation rentals for visitors to the area, and on this occasion it is also a concert venue. Audience members are invited to bring lawn chairs if possible as some seating may be deck-side. The concert programs will vary and may include abstract explorations of nature, modern compositional techniques and the music of France.Both concerts are free and donations to the work of Prairie Wind & Silver Sage are welcomed during the Don’s Place concert.
More information on all events is here.
Melissa Goodchild and Kevin Grady are also providing many opportunities for you to make your own music during their stay in the area.
On Tuesday, August 30 at 4:00 p.m., you can join a group recorder lesson at the Val Marie Village Square.
On Wednesday, August 31 at 4:00 p.m. at the Coulee Centre, Frenchman River Valley Campground, Grasslands National Park, or on Tuesday September 6 at 3:00 p.m. at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage in Val Marie, free musical improvisation sessions offer creative sound for everyone.
On Thursday September 1 at the Coulee Centre, or on Sunday September 4 at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage in Val Marie, you can make your own musical rainstick. Both these events are at 3:00 p.m.
All programs are suitable for all ages and instruments are provided.
For a printable poster click here.
Prairie Wind & Silver Sage is Val Marie’s award-winning ecomuseum. Its artist residency program, now in its third year, annually hosts four or five artists in all disciplines. 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.
There is one more PWSS artist residency planned in 2016 with photographer Valerie Zink of Saskatoon, and registration is now being accepted for a photography workshop that she will lead. Valerie Zink will be in residence from September 19-26 and her workshop will take place Saturday September 24 from 1-5 p.m. The workshop will explore the streets, surfaces, and history of Val Marie while challenging participants to capture a sense of place. It is open to participants of all levels of experience and all different types of digital cameras including camera phones. The fee is $20 and all proceeds go to the work of Prairie Wind & Silver Sage. More information is available at www.pwss.org/artist-residency-2016 or by phoning 306-298-7782.