Meet Delaney: An FLVS Student Turning Conservation into Recreation

This article was originally written and published in the FLVS student newspaper, News in a Click.

At age 13, Delaney Pickering is working to prevent the wasteful use of resources while helping the environment and the creatures that live in it. Delaney created her own blog and records all of her adventures to share that conserving is a great way to help the environment.

Being an online student with FLVS Flex has helped her accomplish her goals and allowed her to do what she loves.

In the photo above, Delaney is pictured with the Volusia County Beach Manager who helped her install two fill-a-bag stations that she manages for beach visitors to pick up trash.

What Started it All

Delaney found a love for conservation around second grade. She says, “I learned about local wildlife conservation in my area during a Marine Science Center summer camp in Ponce Inlet, Florida. They taught about how pollution, specifically plastic, effects the intracoastal and its inhabitants and that is what sparked my interest in the world of conservation.”

It’s amazing how students can pick up an interest so quickly and try to change the world with the curiosity that interest brings you.

That is exactly what Delaney did. She created “Conservation Recreation” just over two years ago, which recently became a non-profit organization. She has accomplished many projects over the years and sponsored them too. Delaney even had the chance to speak at the Daytona Beach Commissioner’s meeting against single-use plastics.

School Time

School can be hard for people with hobbies and other events that take up a lot of time. To ensure she had time for both, Delaney decided to become an FLVS Flex student. Delaney says, “Being an FLVS Flex student has allowed me more time to do the things I love.” Not only does she focus on helping the environment, but she also enjoys other activities such as “horse riding, photography, and rowing with my teammates.” Her favorite subjects are Literature, Algebra 1, and Photography.

Learn more about how Delaney makes a difference while having fun on her blog, ConservationRecreation.com.

This article was written by Brooklyn Urquhart for News in A Click. News in a Click is the official student newspaper of Florida Virtual School (FLVS), managed by middle and high school students who attend FLVS with support from our newspaper club sponsors.


Florida Virtual SchoolFlorida Virtual School (FLVS) has been leading the way in Kindergarten-12 online education for more than 22 years. FLVS provides a robust, award-winning curriculum to public, private, charter, and homeschool families and school districts nationwide. Learn more at flvs.net.



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