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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Webster Salamander

Upcoming Events

January 30, 2021 – Salamander Festival – virtual
The festival will also include a “Storyboard Trail” hike at Homewood Forest Preserve on your own.
We are sending weekly E-Messages with fun information, activities, hikes, videos and more. Sign up at: [email protected]

2020 Salamander Migration Notes
2021 Migration is expected to start soon!


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.
>Find meeting slides and more watershed plan information.

Salamander Festival

The 17th Annual Salamander Festival will take place on Saturday, January 30, 2021. This year, due to Covid, it will be virtual. You can hear the salamander story, see salamanders, download arts and crafts and listen to special music. Over 35 festival links will be available . The festival will also include a “Storyboard Trail” hike at Homewood Forest Preserve on your own. Photos from 16th Annual Festival and more . . . 


Monthly Meetings – Social Distancing Editions

February 11, 7:00 – Via Zoom
“Saving Salamanders on the Natchez Trace roadway,” by Tom Mann, Mississippi Museum of Natural History
During normal times, our monthly meetings are at Homewood Library, now we are doing social distancing versions. 
Sign up for our weekly E-Messages. Send your email address to: [email protected]


“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. Send your check with name and address to: 401 Woodland Dr., Homewood, AL 35209
For book information click here.


Who is Mr. Shadey?

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


2021 Shades Creek Fall Cleanup

The 2021 Fall Shades Creek Cleanup was virtual this year. It worked with participants signing up online for their choice of day, time and location to cleanup. We had nearly 75 people participate, and in numerous locations. The event spanned the months of September and October 2021  Photos from 2019. . . .


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. . .