Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2003-01-27

Samford University's Vulcan Materials Center for Environmental Stewardship and Education and department of biology have received a $20,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham for revitalization of the portion of Shades Creek that runs through property owned by Samford. The project is being undertaken in conjunction with Friends of Shades Creek, Alabama Rivers Alliance and the Birmingham Audubon Society.

The goal is to return the creek and surrounding area from Old Highway 31 to Homewood High School to its natural state for use as an outdoor classroom.

Immediate project include eradication of non-native species such as kudzu and privet so that species native to Alabama, such as azaleas and mountain laurel, can be added and encouraged to thrive. Native plants will be identified with signage.

The long term plan also includes making the area attractive to birds as a sanctuary.

In addition to being enjoyed by persons using the existing greenway trail, the area will be available for outdoor classroom use by community students and teachers.


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.