photo by Rachel Cobb

San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) is teaming up with Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) for the 7th Annual 5K Paw Walk in the Garden on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Participants follow a scenic 5K walk through the 37-acre garden, winding through areas with exotic flora from all over the world. The event also features pet products, food and treats, a costume contest, adoptable dogs, and the popular peanut butter and cream cheese challenge. Prizes will be awarded to contest winners and largest fundraisers.

This annual event, which benefits both SDBG and RCHS, is the only time during the year that pet dogs are allowed in the garden with their human friends. Last year’s event drew 600 attendees and raised approximately $25,000 for the organizations. For more information and to register visit www.5kpawwalk.org.