Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast

400 Palmetto Ave.
P.O. Box 902
Osprey, FL 34229
Burrows-Matson House - Bay Preserve features the historic Burrows-Matson House amid magnificent oaks.
Burrows-Matson House - Bay Preserve features the historic Burrows-Matson House amid magnificent oaks.

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast works to save land, forever, and to connect people to the land, fostering a deep sense of passion for land conservation. Our natural environment drives both our economy and our quality of life here on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Conservation Foundation has saved 9,725 acres across 34 properties, including ecologically sensitive areas and natural places for the public to enjoy.

Our headquarters, Bay Preserve, is a waterfront oasis on Little Sarasota Bay open to the public daily, from dawn to dusk. The preserve features a performance pavilion, a dock, a historic boathouse with a wildlife observation platform, the 1931 Burrows-Matson House and carriage house. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well as the Sarasota County Historic Register. It's a great place for a picnic lunch or as a kayak destination. 

This extraordinary historic property may be used for weddings, private parties, board meetings and retreats, corporate and community events. Sarasota's premier caterer, Michael's On East, is the exclusive wedding caterer for Bay Preserve.  Contact Sam Valentin for more information about venue rental at 941-918-2100 or [email protected]

  • Facility Amenities
    • Family-Friendly
    • Free Admission
      • Bay Preserve is free and open to the public. Event requires rental contract.
    • Handicapped Accessible
    • Pet-Friendly
    • Tours Available
    • WiFi
  • General Information
    • Admission
      • Free, park open to the public from dawn to dusk
    • Days Open
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    • Hours of Operation
      • 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wedding Venues Facility Details
    • Destination Wedding Packages
      • Bay Preserve is a private waterfront oasis on Little Sarasota Bay. The preserve features a performance pavilion, dock, boathouse with observation deck, Great Lawn, the 1931 Burrows-Matson House, bayside oaks ceremony site, welcome center with outdoor classroom, and the bayfront terrace and lawn.
        This unique historic property is available for weddings, private parties, board meetings and retreats, corporate and community events. Sarasota’s premier caterer, Michael’s On East, is the exclusive caterer for this historic waterfront venue.
        Contact Sam Valentin for more information at 941.918.2100 or [email protected]