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.
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Upcoming Events

Thank you for helping with our fall 2021 annual Shades Creek Cleanup. We had 134 people participate this year with our Shades Creek Cleanup and Restoration projects.

Thursday, November  11, 2021 – Monthly educational meeting with Jack West at the Alabama Rivers Alliance, via Zoom – sign up: [email protected] to get Zoom link.

Tree Planting: (more details)
Saturday, November 13, 2021

Email for details: [email protected]

Sign up for weekly E-Messages – information, activities, hikes, videos and more: [email protected]


2021 Shades Creek Fall Cleanup and Restoration Projects

The Fall 2021 Shades Creek Cleanup was held in person with small groups of time staggered volunteers, for social distancing. If you couldn’t join us on September 25, you can still help clean up Shades Creek. Email: [email protected] about locations and supplies for your cleanup. Job choices include: picking up trash, invasive removal, weed whacking, and other options.
>Our 23rd Fall Cleanup – Clean-up photos for 2021 and more:

Mr. Shadey is telling us a lot about trash in Shades Creek – Find out more here:

Photo by Tom Mann, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Salamander Festival

The next Salamander Festival is scheduled for Saturday, January 29, 2022. More details to come later. The 2021 (17th) Annual Salamander Festival took place virtually January 30, 2021 through February. Click here for 2021 Salamander Festival video links. Also photos from 2020, 16th annual Festival . . .

>2020 Salamander Migration Notes:

Educational Monthly Meetings:2nd Thursdays

Took place Nov. 11 via Zoom
Video link:

Presentation with Jack West: Alabama Rivers Alliance
Jack joined the Alabama Rivers Alliance as Policy & Advocacy Director in 2020. He brings legal experience from corporate private practice, as well as an entrepreneurial background to ARA. A Zoom presentation. Sign up for meetings or get Zoom link by email: [email protected]
>More about Alabama Rivers Alliance
>Link for all 2021 programs:


Lakeshore Drive in 1914
(from Shades Creek book)

Did you know Lakeshore Drive in the years around 1914 was envisioned to be part of a speedway like the Indianapolis Speedway? “Shades Creek: Flowing Through Time,” written by The Birmingham Historical Society tells this story and more with over 365 photos and 216 pages including the above photo and story. Books are still available for only $30. Above photo is from the Alvin Hudson Collection, BPL Archives.
>More book information and how to order a book:

Shades Creek | Birmingham, Alabama
Shades Creek Watershed Management Plan

Shades Creek is beautiful, yet has challenges caused by urban runoff. The Nature Conservancy in Alabama (TNC) has taken leadership to develop a watershed plan to restore the Creek. The Shades Creek Watershed Management Plan uses EPA’s 9-step watershed planning process.
>Find meeting slides and more watershed plan information.

The Middle Way

The Homewood Valley Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton displays a mural painting in the lobby by local artist, Tres Taylor, called “The Middle Way.” The painting tells a story about local history and features salamanders with flora and fauna from the Homewood and Shades Creek area.
>Find the story here.


2021 Tree Planting on Shades Creek with Centennial Trees

300 Centennial tree seedlings were planted on Shades Creek along the Shades Creek Greenway Trail on Saturday, Nov. 13. Nearly 100 participants helped representing several local groups.
>See more plus photos.
Centennial Tree seedlings are propagated from local seed sources of trees descended from the original native forest surrounding Shades Creek. The seedlings have been grown at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Friends of Shades Creek conducts annual tree plantings.
>See more details about seedlings: