Extension Educator, Energy and Environmental Stewardship
University of Illinois Extension
515 E Vienna St., Suite G
PO Box 604
Anna, IL 62906
Erin Medvecz is the Energy and Environmental Stewardship Extension Educator for University of Illinois Extension in the southernmost five counties in Illinois - Alexander, Johnson, Massac, Pulaski and Union counties. She has a Master’s degree in Plant Biology from Southern Illinois University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the College of Saint Benedict.
As an Extension Educator in Energy and Environmental Stewardship, Erin provides educational programming on topics such as energy efficiency, smart grid technology, native plants, invasive species, prairie ecosystems, and grass identification, among other topics. She is the local coordinator for the Master Gardener and Master Naturalist programs in her five counties. She is involved in several Master Gardener projects throughout her communities, including a food donation garden, school garden, and pollinator garden. She enjoys providing outdoor programs for youth in her unit to help them develop an appreciation for nature. She currently serves as a board member for the Southern Chapter of the Illinois Native Plant Society.
Erin has a passion for taking an active role in preserving our environment and in sharing that passion with others. She has experience teaching a wide range of audiences, which she developed during her time as a Student Naturalist at Saint John’s Abbey Arboretum, a Teaching Assistant at SIU, and a Conservation Education Representative for Illinois Department of Natural Resources. She also has experience working to preserve our natural resources from her time as a Grassland Restoration/Monitoring Technician for The Nature Conservancy.