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

December 12, 2019 – Holiday Party, 6:30pm.
December 14, 2010 – Hike the Vulcan Trail – Saturday, December 14, 1:30 P.M., In case of bad weather, hike will be delayed to Sunday, December 15.
January 9, 2020 – Shades Creek Watershed Management Plan, 7:00pm, Homewood Library, Rm. 101
January 25, 2020 – The Salamander Festival, 3:00pm, Shades Valley Community Church


2019 Shades Creek 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. . . .

Salamander Festival

The 2020, 16th Annual Salamander Festival will take place on Saturday, January 25, 2020. The festival will begin with an outdoor hike at 2:00. Indoor activities begin at 3:00 and go to 5:30. Keep watching here for more details about this fun family event.

Urban Turtle Project

Dr. Andy Coleman

Urban Turtle Project

November 14, 2019 – 7:00-8:45 P.M.
Homewood Library, Room 101
Presentation by Dr. Andy Coleman
Turtles represent important environmental indicators because they are long-lived species that can reflect the environmental degradation in their habitats.
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. . .


Shades Creek Watershed Management Plan


Centennial Tree Program and Forest Restoration