Cardinal Creek Forest Preserve was named by school children in a contest organized by the Forest Preserve District.
An intermittent tributary of Burlington Creek meanders through the northeastern portion of the preserve. The rich soils once supported an oak savanna in this area. The District plans to restore the area to oak savanna, wetland and prairie.
The original 154 acres for this preserve were purchased in 2006. An additional acquisition of 12 acres was made in 2008.