In Germany, these Waldkindergartens are a very real trend.
One of our friends, who goes to a regular preschool, but spends one week each year in Waldkindergarten says she doesn't like it because she can't dress up nicely.
I think it sounds cool. But maybe that's because both the piccolini are boys and I know how much they like to be outdoors. I'm not sure that the 3 year old version of myself would be a big fan.
Here's an ad from a german children's clothing retailer. The ad is for outdoor Waldkindergarten clothes - for preschoolers! Of course, it's not cheap because everything needs to be waterproof, wind resistance, very durable and so on.
I have to tell you, this is what it made me think: Waldkindergarten is a brilliant marketing/sponsorship opportunity! There's almost no overhead for the school (because the classroom is the outdoors). And the parents (probably) pay (lots) for all the appropriate fleeced-lined-adjustable-waterproof-double-reinforced-kneed pants. So, maybe outdoor clothing manufacturers should be sponsoring Waldkindergartens throughout the US. And preferably, that will mean we can enroll the piccolini in a less expensive preschool.
Oh, I know. It never really works that way.