LOW TIDES: Explore beaches on your own or during program

Another set of low tides late this week and into next week will offer excellent opportunities to explore for marine creatures living on local beaches.

There are a number of beaches in the South Sound that provide great places to explore when the tide is out. They include Titlow Beach in Tacoma; Fox Island bridge, Kopachuck State Park and Penrose Point State Park in the Gig Harbor area; Quartermaster Harbor at Vashon Island; Sunnyside Beach Park in Steilacoom; Burfoot Park and Priest Point Park north of Olympia; and Tolmie State Park north of Lacey.

Metro Parks Tacoma will hold its “Tiptoe through the Tide Pools” program Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The free program at Titlow Beach is an opportunity to learn about life in tide pools. Titlow Beach is at the west end of Sixth Avenue in Tacoma.

In the Tacoma Narrows, the low tides will take place:

Friday: 10:58 a.m., -2.9 feet.

Saturday: 11:44 a.m., -3.2 feet.

July 13: 12:31 p.m., -3.2 feet.

July 14: 1:17 p.m., -2.7 feet.

In Olympia, the South Sound Estuary Association will hold its “Meet Us on the Beach” program at four locations:

Friday: 10 a.m.-noon, -3 feet, Burfoot Park.

Saturday: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., -3.5, Burfoot Park, Tolmie State Park.

July 13: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., -3.4, Tolmie State Park, Frye Cove Park.

July 15: 1-4 p.m., -1.9, Priest Point Park.