Leavenworth, WA

Cascade Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group


A local environmentalist had a vision: a landscape that would interpret the lifecycle and habitat of the Pacific Northwest salmon. The Cascade Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group approached SCJ Alliance landscape architects to help in formalizing the vision for a salmon learning landscape at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery.

The landscape itself will be divided into five distinct representative ecosystems much like the salmon’s actual habitat. In each of these gardens, the flora, fauna, natural history and human history will be portrayed along with what makes up good salmon habitat.

SCJ designers worked with the client, representative of the Leavenworth Nation Fish Hatchery, and local stakeholders to identify an appropriate site at the hatchery, develop a master plan and a planning level estimate for the project.  Construction of the project is estimated at $2.2 million; grant funding and financial support is currently being sought


“Our design team truly enjoyed working on the master plan for the project along with our work to help the client and staff at the hatchery decide on the appropriate site, size and program for the project. Interpretive and learning landscapes are a big part of our staff expertise and we always enjoy working on such fun design challenges.  We look forward to assisting Cascade Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group in the grant funding efforts and ultimately implementing this great project.”