Friends of Shades Creek

is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in central Alabama, U.S.A. Our group is made up of local citizens working for the protection of, and responsible development along beautiful Shades Creek. We 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.

2019 Salamander Festival

The 2019 Salamander Festival will take place Saturday, January 26 from 3:00-5:30 P.M. at the Homewood Senior Center next to Patriot Park. Watch for further details. Thank you to the City of Homewood and America’s First Federal Credit Union for sponsoring last year’s Festival and to everyone that attended. Click to see last year’s festival schedule.


Shades Creek Cleanup:
Sept. 29, 2018

Shades Creek cleanup will take place Saturday, September 29, 2018, meeting at Samford University West Gate. The time is 8:30 A.M. to noon.  Click for information about keeping streams clean.

Bob Farley/- Ruffner Quarry, sunrise, cliffs

October Meeting – Ruffner Mountain

Thurs, October 11, 2018 – 7:00-8:45 P.M. – Homewood Library, Room 101
Join Ruffner Mountain’s Conservation Director, Jamie Nobles, and Programs Director, Christine Johnston, for an overview of current conservation and research projects on the mountain as well as in the Shades Creek watershed. Ruffner’s public programming and volunteer opportunities will also be discussed. Ruffner Mountain is a 501(c)(3) non-profit nature preserve in Birmingham that was established in 1977. It’s mission is to advance the understanding of ecology in a rapidly changing world.  Click for more information