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 2016

The 12th Annual Salamander Festival took place on January 30, 2016 at Homewood Sr. Center.
See photos of the festival taken by The Homewood Star.

For details about the festival, visit the Salamander Festival Event Page.
The next festival will take place on the last Saturday in January of 2017.

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


Shades Creek Cleanup
Saturday, Sep. 26, 2015

The Shades Creek cleanup took place on Saturday, September 26, 2015 (last Saturday in September, each year). The Cleanup goes from 8:30 A.M. to 12:00 Noon and meets at Samford University’s west gate – We put up a white tent near the gate. In 2015, we had over 150 participate in our cleanup and in 2014, we had over 130 people participate in the cleanup – 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 2016 September cleanup.


April 14, 2016 – Program:
Saving Elephants

Thursday, April 14, 2016 – 7:00 P.M.  at Homewood Library, Room 101 Presentation by Richard (Dick) Mills

The largest extant land mammal on earth, the African elephant may weigh up to eight tons, live to be more than 60 years of age and is one of the world’s most intelligent and charismatic animals. Once numbering in the millions and ranging across much of Sub-Saharan Africa the best estimates of the current African elephant population indicate that no more than 450,000 – 700,000 are alive today. The most comprehensive survey of elephant poaching to date suggests more than 100 African elephants are killed each day by poachers seeking ivory, meat and body parts. This program will look at the problem and conservation efforts to save free roaming elephants.

Come early for refreshments and to meet our speaker. Click for more information