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

The 14th Annual Salamander Festival will take place on January 27, 2018 at Homewood Sr. Center. Our sponsors are The City of Homewood and America’s First Federal Credit Union.

The Festival begins with a guided nature hike at the park before the festival begins – Meet in front of the Sr. Center at 2:00
3:00 – Festival Begins with 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. 23, 2017

The next Shades Creek cleanup will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2017. The Cleanup will go from 8:30 A.M. to 12:00 Noon and will meet at Samford University’s west gate – We put up a white tent near the gate. In 2016, we had over 175 participate in our cleanup and in 2015, we had over 150 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 2017 September cleanup.



October 12, 2017 – Program: History of Red Mountain Park

7:00 P.M.  at Homewood Library, Room 101 (downstairs) Presentation by Jeff and Katie from Red Mountain Park

Okay, history buffs: Check out our Friends of Shades Creek meeting Thursday, October 12, when Jeff and Katie from Red Mountain Park will be presenting about the history of Red Mountain and Red Mountain Park. They will show us some great photos from mining days on Red Mountain and we will follow up with the parks plans for the future. Amazing history, historic photos and time for Q & A about one of the largest urban parks in the United States.
Come early for refreshments.