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

Summer events and outingshave been canceled due to COVID-19. We are sending weekly E-Messages with fun information, activities, hikes, videos and more. Sign up at: [email protected]
September 26, 2020
 – Shades Creek Cleanup
January 30, 2021 – Salamander Festival

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.
>Tell us what you think – survey
>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 . . . 


Monthly Meetings – Social Distancing Editions

April 9, 2020 – Virtual Presentation
Video Presentation: The Cahaba River, by Hunter Nichols

During normal times, our monthly meetings are at Homewood Library, now we are doing social distancing versions. Above is a link to a virtual tour of the Cahaba River, of which Shades Creek is the largest tributary . . . . Read more
Also, enjoy our weekly E-Messages.


“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. . .


2020 Shades Creek Fall Cleanup

The 2020 Fall Shades Creek Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, September 26. We are in the process of planning a social distancing event for 2020 that would span 2 to 3 weeks with a small number of volunteers in several locations. Keep watching here for details as they evolve. Thank you to organizations in the past for your help in cleaning up our community. And thank you to the 140 volunteers that came out in 2019. 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. . .