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

February 13, 2020 – Salamanders! Jay Eubanks, herpetologist, 7:00pm, Homewood Library, Rm. 101
February 15, 2020 – “Nature & History” series hike – Saturday, at 1:30 p.m. Meet in main parking lot at Red Mountain Park for a 2 to 2.5 hour hike to Mine #10 and the Songo mine. Expert mining historian, Jeff Newman will be leading the hike.
March 5, 2020 – Alabama Watershed Stewards” training, Birmingham Business Alliance Financial Center, 505 20th Street North, Suite 200 – 8:30am-4pm. Sign up info. . .

SC Watershed Management Plan Link
More SC Watershed Plan Information

2020 Salamander Migration Notes


Shades Creek Watershed Management Plan

Shades Creek is beautiful, yet has many 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.
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>Find meeting slides and more watershed plan information.

Salamander Festival

The 16th Annual Salamander Festival took place on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Shades Valley Community Church (SVCC). Special features were seeing live salamanders, listening to blue grass music, the salamander story and a special dance. Over 20 educational displays were exhibited.  Photos and more . . . 


February Meeting – Awesome Salamanders!

February 13, 2020 – 7:00-8:45 P.M.
Homewood Library, Room 101
Presentation by Jay Eubanks, Herpetologist

Jay Eubanks has enjoyed a wild career with wildlife- especially amphibians and reptiles. He will be presenting information including new research on salamanders . . . . Read more


“Shades Creek:Flowing Through Time”
Books are still available

It took over three years to write a book about Shades Creek.  The Birmingham Historical Society consider this one of their most important publications to date, says Marjorie White, Birmingham Historical Society executive director. The book is available for $30. For book information click here.


Who is Mr. Shadey?

We’re learning a lot about Mr. Shadey. Click here to learn more. . .


2019 Shades Creek Fall Cleanup

The 2019 Fall Shades Creek Cleanup was a huge success with 5 pickup loads of trash removed from Shades Creek, creek banks, and a Shades Creek tributary. Friends of Shades Creek had sign-in stations at Samford University and Brookwood Village – Thank you to both organizations for your help in cleaning up our community. And thank you to the 140 volunteers that came out to help. More details and photos. . . .


Forest Planting with Centennial Trees

Centennial Tree seedlings are propagated from local seed sources of trees descended from the original native forest surrounding Shades Creek. The seedlings are being grown at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Friends of Shades Creek conducts annual tree seedling plantings on the first Saturday in November in collaboration with Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Samford University and the City of Homewood Environmental Commission. More details. . .