17th Annual Salamander Festival in 2021 (Virtual)
The first virtual festival started Saturday, January 30, 2021 and went to the end of February
Below are links used for the virtual festival:

Links for 17th Annual festival are here:
Welcome to the 2021 Festival
Homewood Mayor’s Welcome to the Virtual Festival
Salamander Story by Linda Neighbors
All About Salamanders with Dr. Ken Marion

Alabama Salamanders with Jimmy Stiles and guest, Lauren Muncher, Park Naturalist, Oak Mountain State Park
The Red Hills Salamander – Only in Alabama
Homewood High School Environmental Club
Pop Art Salamanders
Edgewood Elementary Art Project
Make a Fish Picture
Make a Turtle Craft
Pine Trees of Central Alabama
Upland Oak Species at Ruffner Mountain
The Middle Way (Story told by Elizabeth Vander Kamp)
Low Impact Development High Value Basics (LID) – Video #1
Rescued and Renewed – Low Impact Development Basics (LID) – Video #2
Culture and Community – Low Impact Development Basics (LID) – Video #3
Sharing the Bounty – Low Impact Development Basics (LID) – Video #4
Alabama’s Beautiful Cahaba Lilies – (Recorded by Cahaba River Society)

Invasive Wild Taro and How it Impacts the Cahaba – (Recorded by Cahaba River Society) 
2021 Festival Awards


Photo by J. Kittinger

Photo by J. Kittinger

16th Annual Salamander Festival in 2020

Link for Festival Poster

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Shades Valley Community Church
160 Oxmoor Rd, Homewood, AL 35209 (across Oxmoor from Patriot Park

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See Real Salamanders! Also displays with birds, fish, frogs, turtles and crayfish.

2020 Awards: Jennifer Andress, Amy Milam, Amber Kustos, Jane Ross, (Presenter: Henry Hughes), Mark Thomas. Not pictured: Dr. Bill Cleveland and Berkley Squires. All helped with invasive plant removal along Shades Creek Greenway.


Tables with free arts and crafts projects for families: Including Clay salamanders, fish prints, origami, more.
Fossils, microscopes, Whooping crane information, recycling display, art by Homewood Students,
Southern trees’ display, new educational interactive displays, and much more.

2:00 – Family nature hike (outdoors)

3:00 – Festival begins (indoors) with salamanders and activities

Music with Rob Angus and “Over The Hillbillies” band

3:45 – Welcome from Friends of Shades Creek & Homewood Mayor’s Office
Awards and prizes
4:00 – Salamander story with Jay Eubanks, Herpetologist
Dancing with Alessia Lovreglio from Edgewood Dance Center
Free admission
Thank you to our festival sponsors:
Goodwyn, Mills, and Cawood Architecture
Shades Valley Community Church
Homewood Environmental Commission
Samford University
Eagle Solar & Light