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

March 11, 2021 – Beau Brodbeck – March presentation: Tree Protection measures during construction

Sign up for weekly – E-Messages – information, activities, hikes, videos and more: [email protected]


The Middle Way

The Homewood Valley Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton is open and displays a mural painting in the lobby by local artist, Tres Taylor, called “The Middle Way.” The painting tells a story about local history as well as local times and features salamanders with flora and fauna from the Homewood and Shades Creek area.
>Find the story here.

Photo by Tom Mann, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Salamander Festival

The 17th Annual Salamander Festival took place virtually starting January 30, 2021 and going through the month of February. Over 35 festival links are here including stories and information about salamanders.  Click here for the 2021 virtual festival video links. Also photos from 2020, 16th annual Festival . . .

2020-21 Salamander Migration Notes – click here

Monthly Meetings – Social Distancing Editions

March 11, 7:00 – Via Zoom
Tree Protection Measures During Construction, presented by Beau Brodbeck, Forestry Lead for ACES
During normal times, our monthly meetings are at Homewood Library, now we are doing social distancing versions. 
Sign up for our meetings and 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.

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Shades Creek Watershed Management Plan

Shades Creek is beautiful, yet has 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.

2020 Shades Creek Fall Cleanup

The 2021 Fall Shades Creek Cleanup was virtual. Volunteers signed up online for their choice of day, time and location to cleanup. Nearly 75 people participated in numerous locations. It went through the months of September and October in 2021.  Photos from 2019. . .

Mr. Shadey is telling us a lot about trash in Shades Creek – Click here. . . 

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. . .