Urban Fruit Guardians (UFG)

Seattle is one of the few major urban cities in the United States that still has an extensive network of orchards. With City Fruit’s Urban Fruit Guardians program, we bring students to explore this unique resource through environmental science lessons and art projects. 

Join for a single session or come to the whole series!  Our Urban Fruit Guardian program is FREE for grades 3-5, meeting July-August.

03/05/22 (Sat): Fruit Tree Propagation (Suggested site: Beacon Food Forest).


06/29/22 (Wed): Closed home school group event (Beacon Food Forest).


07/06/22 (Wed): Closed home school group event (High Point Orchard)


07/09/22 (Sat): Orchard Biodiversity (Suggested site: Meridian Playground Orchard).


07/16/22 (Sat): Wildflowers and Pollination (Suggested sites: High Point Orchard or Picardo Orchard).


07/20/22 (Wed): Closed home school group event (New Start Community Garden)

07/23/22 (Sat): Orchard Mapping (Suggested site: Danny Woo Community Gardens).


07/30/22 (Sat): Tree and Shrub Identification (Suggested site: New Start Garden).  Cancelled due to inclement weather — please email [email protected] for information on session rescheduling during the week of 08/01/22.


08/06/22 (Sat): Soil Science (Suggested site: Angel Morgan P-Patch).


08/13/22 (Sat): Water Cycle (Suggested site: High Point Orchard). 


08/20/22 (Sat): Closed boy scout group event (McAuliffe Park Orchard).


08/23/22 (Tues): Harvest & Cider Making (Suggested site: Danny Woo Community Gardens).

Drop-off for Saturday sessions is 9-9:30 am, with lessons running from 9:30-12:30 pmFREE snacks & lesson-specific materials provided.  Wednesday mornings are available for youth groups of 8 or more to schedule specific sites and topics. 


The ‘suggested sites’ above are orchards that we recommend for the session topics listed.  However, session locations can be adjusted as needed to accommodate interested youth groups. 


To submit an interest form for your youth or youth cohort, please click here or contact Spencer at [email protected].

City Fruit wants to support learning in food justice, citizen science, and environmental stewardship by providing educational spaces in our city’s urban orchards. Thanks to a grant from School’s Out Washington, we can offer UFG to our community free of charge! We would also like to thank Arcadis for funding UFG program materials and snacks through their Local Sparks Program.

The lesson plans developed under the program will be available for download here once finalized, for free use by parents and educators.

To download the Soil Layers lesson plan, please click here!


To download the Orchard Mapping lesson plan, please click here!