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 Sunday. 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.
Notice is hereby given for the Annual General Meeting of Prairie Wind & Silver Sage – Friends of Grasslands Inc.
THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2020
REGISTRATION at 6:30 pm. MEETING at 7:00 pm.
at the Little Brick Schoolhouse, 100 Centre Street, Val Marie, SK
Door Prizes • Cash Bar • Snacks
Membership is only $5 and gives you voting privileges. Membership not required to attend.
AGM will be held for the following purposes:
a) To receive reports of the Board of Directors;
b) To receive financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019;
c) To appoint an accounting firm to act as external financial reviewer;
d) To elect directors to the board;
e) To amend existing bylaws for non-voting board seats;
f) To transact any other required business that may properly come before the meeting
Dated at Val Marie, SK on March 9, 2020 on behalf of the Board of Directors, Amber Kapchinske, Chair.
Friday, December 6
2:30 to 6:30 pm at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage
for CHRISTMAS SHOPPING!
We’ll have locally made gifts, hard to find field guides, Audubon birds and other stuffies, and free cookies*!
If you would like to arrange an alternate time or day, give Amy a call at 306-298-7695.
*Our Board of Directors have many talents, among them being great cookie makers. These special cookies are while supplies last, and they won’t last long!
In collaboration with our partner, Grasslands National Park, Prairie Wind & Silver Sage presents
WILD PIGS IN SASK: taking action before it’s too late
with DR. RYAN BROOK
Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 7 pm
@ Prairie Wind & Silver Sage
DR. RYAN BROOK, Principal Investigator with the Wildlife Ecology and Community Engagement research group from the University of Saskatchewan, will present his current research on wild boar across Canada:
Wild pigs are a highly invasive species that is now widespread across large areas of the prairie provinces, including much of the southern half of Saskatchewan. They currently occupy over 800,000km2 and are expanding at 80,000 km2/year. They are considered one of the worst invasive species on earth and are typically referred to as an ‘ecological train wreck’. They eat almost anything, including amphibians, plants, and may predate on white-tailed deer. Wild pigs can thrive in almost any habitat. They cause extensive damage to agricultural crops and have the potential to harbour a wide range of parasites and disease. My team has been studying wild pigs for ten years, using local knowledge, trail cameras, and GPS satellite collars. We have been tracking the spread of wild pigs and have some ideas on what might be done to stop the spread and move toward eradication.
Prairie Wind & Silver Sage presents author
HEATHER PEAT HAMM
reading from Blue Grama
Friday, August 23, 2019, 7 pm
@ Prairie Wind & Silver Sage
— Pass the Hat Admission —
Blue Grama describes the intensity that is prairie life – people, plants and spaces. From conversations with a bush to reflections on the lives of family and friends, this visual treasure is an ode to all things prairie. Equal to the writings (poetry, songs and one prose piece) are Peat Hamm’s botanical illustrations, accompanied by field notes, which portray her delight in details not often seen until you kneel amongst the grasses.