Friends of Shades Creek

is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in central Alabama made up of local citizens working for the protection of, and responsible development along beautiful Shades Creek. Our group started in August 1998. Our mission is to educate and engage the community in the preservation efforts of Shades Creek. We are supported by memberships and donations.


The Salamander Festival 2018

Thank you for attending the 14th Annual Salamander Festival which took place on January 27, 2018 at Homewood Sr. Center. Our sponsors were The City of Homewood and America’s First Federal Credit Union. Watch for details about next year’s festival to take place on the last Saturday in January.

The Festival began with a guided nature hike at the park in front of the Sr. Center at 2:00 and included these features:
3:00 – Animal and Plant displays
4:00 – Welcome from:  Friends of Shades Creek & The City of Homewood
4:10 – Awards, Door Prizes, The Salamander Story, and dancing
4:30 – Presentation – Oak Mountain Wildlife Center Birds – With Owls, Hawks, and more
4:40 – Amber Wilson – Whooping Crane Outreach Program and Talk
Enjoy Music with Rob Angus and his Band!
Learn about Salamanders! See displays about fish, frogs, turtles and birds – Free Arts & crafts for kids to make. Food Plate with chocolate or drinks ($1.00) and popcorn.
Find out about a new invasive plant that is invading river habitats.

See photos of the 2017 Festival taken by The Homewood Star.
For details about the festival, visit the Salamander Festival Event Page. Also see a video from the festival by Bill Mathews

For photos and a video about Spotted salamanders – click here.


Next Shades Creek Cleanup: Saturday,
April 14, 2018

Our Spring Shades Creek cleanup will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The Cleanup will go from 8:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. and will meet at Brookwood Village next to Grill 29 (on the Macy’s side of the shopping center)  Thank you to all that have helped with our cleanup last year.  Please, email for more information about this spring 2018 cleanup.


April 12, 2018 – Presentation: History of Camp Fletcher, on Shades Creek

7:00 P.M.  at Homewood Library, Room 101 (downstairs) Presentation by Janis Barksdale, Camp Fletcher

Established in 1926 – They are over 90 years old!), Camp Fletcher offers a wide variety of programs for campers in grades 1-12. The beautiful 300-acre site in McCalla, Alabama features beautiful woodlands, trails and access to shades creek. Hear the story of how land for Camp Fletcher was purchased by an African-American nurse in 1926 who struggled to make it a camp that today serves all ethnic groups. Camp Fletcher is a place for young people to challenge themselves, discover the natural environment and develop new skills.

Come early for refreshments.