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,
Sep. 29, 2018

The next Shades Creek cleanup will take place on Saturday, September 29, 2018. The Cleanup will go from 8:30 A.M. to 12:00 Noon and will meet at Samford University’s west gate where a white tent will be located. In 2017, we had over 180 participate in our cleanup and in 2016, we had over 175 people participate. Thank you to all that have helped. Each year, we look for groups and individuals that want to cleanup and improve our community.  Please, email for information about our 2018 September cleanup.


March 8, 2018 – Presentation: Human Evolution, Adaptations and Implications Regarding Diet and Exercise.

7:00 P.M.  at Homewood Library, Room 101 (downstairs) Presentation by Mr. Richard (Dick) Mills.

Using fossil, DNA evidence, and a bit of conjecture, this program will trace the 6 million year-long origins of our species, feature the adaptations our ancient ancestors had to make for survival in the African savanna, investigate the diets of  living hunter gatherers and suggest how and why our bodies are, or may not be, optimally designed for today’s life style.
Click here for more information.
Come early for refreshments.