The Transylvanian Carpathia Society - Erdélyi Kárpát Egyesület (EKE) is a not-for-profit non-governmental association founded in Cluj-Napoca in 1891.
The goals of EKE are to: protect the natural environment; practice and promote hiking and ecotourism in general; and know, popularize, and protect cultural and ethnic values. After a forced break of 50 years (1948-1989), EKE was reformed in 1991. As of today, there are 18 branch offices in cities throughout Transylvania, all operating under the main administrative center in Cluj.
EKE also publishes a bimonthy newsletter, Erdélyi Gyopár (Edelweiss).
The Satu Mare branch of EKE was founded in 1994 by a small but enthusiastic group of lovers of nature with the mission: "A healthy society in a healthy environment." Since then, the number of members has been constantly growing, and the activities of the group diversified, owing to the expertise of some members in the natural and technical sciences.
Because of the growing volume of the assocation's activities, and with an eye toward long-term development, in 2001 the Satu Mare branch became independent from the administration in Cluj, with the name of "Transylvanian Carpathian Society - Satu Mare, Erdélyi Kárpát Egyesület - Szatmárnémeti".