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 took place on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The Cleanup went from 8:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. and met 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 this spring – you really do make a difference!


May 3, 2018 – Birmingham Botanical Gardens Walk

6:00 P.M.  Meet at the front gate of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Molly Hendry, Garden Assessment Project Leader, oversees the strategic future planning for the 2 dozen individual gardens that make up the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Molly holds a B.S. in Horticulture and Masters in Landscape Architecture from Auburn University. Although native to Birmingham, Molly has worked at Winterthur Garden in Delaware as well as several gardens across England and Scotland as the Royal Horticultural Society’s Interchange Fellow before returning home to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens in 2017. Molly will be leading us on a walk + talk of BBG providing insight to her role at the gardens as well as future developments at the gardens. Through her role as the Garden Assessment Project Leader, she has spent a lot of time in the archives studying the history of the BBG and the individual gardens. Her job is to understand the original design intent, investigate how it is used today, assess each garden’s strengths and weaknesses, and prioritize changes that will happen so that each garden can reach its full potential and engage the public. Come early for a snack. We plan to leave for our walk at 6:00.