· The idea for a walking map of South Carolina was conceived by Walker Williams, former principal of Duncan Elementary School.
· SEW-Eurodrive donated their services to have the site cleared and graded.
· Steve Davis, a parent volunteer at the school, also assisted in the effort to clear underbrush.
· Assistant principal, Greg Wood, received a physical activity grant that helped secure interstate signs for the site.
· Three Duncan Elementary teachers, Michelle Bridwell, Fran Emmel, and Lewanna Caldwell, along with assistant principal, Dan Young, received a Toyota Investment in Mathematics Excellence (T.I.M.E.) grant, a Piedmont Hub grant, and an Eisenhower Professional Development grant.
· Blackwood Engineering, Inc. volunteered their services to survey the site.
· Rick Huffman, landscape architect of Earth Design in Pickens, South Carolina, developed the master plan for the site.
· District Five School Board designated the property for the project.
· On October 7, a groundbreaking ceremony was held.
· District School-to-Work coordinator, Jocelle Allen, received additional grants to develop the site, including Spartanburg County Foundation, SC Forestry Commission, and Learn and Serve America.
· Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Operations, Sam Betsill, oversaw construction of the site.
· Teachers wrote lessons, developed kits, and participated in staff development.
· On April 19, the Grand Opening ceremony was held with Rudy Mancke of Nature Scene, as the keynote speaker.