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. inside Homewood Senior Center next to Patriot Park. A Nature hike will begin at 2:00 outside the Senior Center. The festival will feature live Salamanders, displays with Fish, Frogs, Turtles, Crayfish, free Arts & crafts, Fossils, Microscopes, Recycling, Fishing, Southern trees, Carnivorous plants, and much more.   Click to see festival schedule.


Next Shades Creek Cleanup:
Sept. 28, 2019

Our Fall Shades Creek cleanup will take place Saturday, September 28, 2019, meeting at Samford University West Gate. The time is 8:30 A.M. to noon.  Click for information about keeping streams clean.

Southeastern Indian Basketry – J. Brown

November Meeting – Thurs, Nov. 8, 2018 – 7:00-8:45 P.M.
Homewood Library, Room 101

By Professor, J. Brown (retired)
J. Brown, supposed to be teaching European and Asian history at Samford, got distracted in his career by the culture and environment of the Southeast and spent way too much time for the good of his career chasing rabbits there. Through a contact at Samford he found a Cherokee woman to teach him cane basketry, and in his stints at Samford’s Daniel House in London he researched the oldest dateable Cherokee basket there – finding out some interesting things about the Imperial British worldwide botanical treasure hunt in the process. He regularly took his spring folklore class either to Choctaw, MS or Cherokee, NC, and quite unfairly made all his students make a Southeastern Indian-style basket from scratch. Jim’s talk will include some demonstration, some history, some reminiscing, some passing around of artifacts.