The Kaptárkő Association was founded in 2003, with only 15 members. Its main purpose is to protect living and non-living, animate and inanimate nature values as well as our cultural heritage, especially the hive stones and the stone culture of Bükkalja in organizing related scientific activities, research, dissemination, education, environmentally conscious education and information supplying, lectures and courses on various scientific topics, and implementing leisure programs with cultural content.
The total number of members of the Kaptárkő Association now exceeds 100 and most of them help the work of the Association as a volunteer. As their main goal is to protect and present the stone culture of Bükkalja to a wider audience, the main theme of their community-building mini-projects supported and funded by the Carpathian Foundation was also organized around this.
In October 2018, the Association organized a themed weekend (entitled ”The Stone CulTOUR of Bükkalja”) in cooperation with the Hazajáró Association, which was supported by the Carpathian Foundation, among others. The locations were Eger, Cserépfalu and Cserépváralja.
The aim of the whole weekend tour was to acquaint the participants with the Bükkalja region and culture promoting the hiking in the Carpathian Basin.
The Stone CulTOUR weekend was followed by two more events, which were held in early spring 2019. During the first tour, participants were introduced to several attractions they could get acquainted, for example, by climbing to the St. Donat lookout in Tibolddaróc.
The second tour started from the Szépasszonyvölgy in Eger and led to Cakó-peak Hivestones and a pastor site and a stonebarn carved into tuff rocks in Király-rét were also visited. At the end of the tour, persistent hikers were greeted with goulash soup and cottage cheese pie. The tours and programs of the Association also support and develop community connections, meetings and cooperation. In addition to drawing the attention of the general public, young and old with its activities, programs and tours, the Kaptárkő Association specifically teaches the diversity of Bükkalja stone culture, the protection of landscape and natural values, and at the same time builds a community of people, groups of friends and families committed to these values.
This activity was implemented within the framework of the Carpathian Foundation’s project entitled (EFOP-1.3.5-16-2016-00915)